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  1. Keep WP7.1 and XNA/WP app development in Visual Studio 2013

    In the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 it's no longer possible to develop apps for WP7.1 or XNA WP apps (WP8 works fine). Please keep this platform supported in this new version of Visual Studio, thanks.

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      16 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

      I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

      451 votes
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        14 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • rename project folders and files

        Create a way to rename a project folder. This is closely related to http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2517011-enable-project-renaming- and http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3054944-rename-the-project-folder-when-renaming-a-project

        I would like a way where I can change a folder name and optionally filenames: Project -> right click -> rename folder and files... -> give a new name, select folder, output filename or both ->
        * Visual Studio updates name of the the solutiondirectory
        * Visual Studio updates the solution to point at the new directory
        * Visual Studio updates references of other projects to this project to the new directory
        * Visual Studio updates the project to reflect the new output file…

        449 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add CodeLens support to Team Foundation Service

            Add CodeLens support to Team Foundation Service

            441 votes
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              15 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve project F# model

              Improve F# project model (at least, add directions support). Maybe some extension to the language itself would be pretty good: #require "filename" to indicate that filename must be compiled before current file.

              435 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for desktop apps to Application Insights

                Currently Application Insights only supports Phone, Win Store, and Web/server applications. Please add support for WinForms/Console/WPF (desktop) applications as well.

                435 votes
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                  16 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

                  Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

                  For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

                  431 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide Lightswitch Product Roadmap - recurring Town Hall

                    It's been forever since the community has seen a product roadmap for LightSwitch. A year ago we saw something of a 'statement of direction', but that's not what I'm talking about. We need more information about what specific backlog items are being worked on and what to expect from both near and long term for releases.

                    Since the HTML Client announcement, there has been a great deal of discomfort in the LS community about the lack of information coming from MSFT regarding advancement towards a LS client for LOB application development.

                    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7b92697d-ff35-4c04-8ac5-8949870c6c58/lob-html5?forum=lightswitch

                    Most folks believe a new HTML client having…

                    430 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • C# REPL - execute one-off C# code on the fly from within VS

                      I'd like to see a full read/eval/print loop for C# built into Visual Studio - much like F# Interactive, or Ruby's "irb".

                      When debugging, this would let you interact with the current state of the debugged application - like the Immediate Window does now, but more powerful (e.g. with support for lambdas).

                      When in design/editing mode, this would work a lot like LinqPad, but integrated into the IDE. It would let you evaluate expressions and execute multi-statement code blocks. This would let developers interactively experiment with their application classes ,.NET framework classes, and third-party APIs while writing code in Visual…

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                        under review  ·  6 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Visualize relationships between branches based on changesets

                        I'd like to see an overview graph of branches to determine how branches were created, merged or synchronized. Actually I have to find the right changeset to get the same information. When working with a lot of branches like we do (feature-driven development) it would be very helpful to obtain rapidly an overview of latest actvitities among the branches (especially for synchronizing branches).The graph could be visualized as DGML and rendered in Visual Studio.

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                          3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style

                          The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.

                          419 votes
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                            27 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Fix it so that .NET apps can access HTTP thru authenticating proxy server by default

                            If you run a .NET app that needs to talk to the web, and you're behind an authenticating proxy server, then that app will fail to talk to the web.

                            Internet Explorer and Google Chrome work, Visual Studio and loads of other Microsoft apps will work. They can all talk to the web. But every .NET-based app or website I've ever seen will fail.

                            The implications of this are profound. I've seen umpteen forum posts over the years where people are scratching their heads, wondering what's wrong. I've seen IT guys re-route their users thru special-case connections to the web,…

                            416 votes
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                              15 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension

                              In the Visual Studio Git extension cloning a repo ignores submodules. When a repo is cloned it should perform a recursive clone through the submodules.

                              Also, submodules are not shown correctly for commits. Please add support for git submodules.

                              410 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow to move more than one file at once in TFS source control

                                It is currently only possible to move files one by one in TFS source control, which means that it takes a lot of time to move several files from one place to another place. It would be great if one could select multiple files and move them to another place at once.

                                404 votes
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                                  13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

                                  Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

                                  402 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make it a lot more lightweight and modular

                                    I don't use a lot of the features that VS provides and I imagine that a lot of people are in the same boat. eg..MSTest, all items on Analyze menu item, all items on Architecture menu item, items on Data menu item, toolbox. I reckon that if VS could be modularised even more so that users can stop having to install everything then it would hopefully improve performance and stop it feeling like a monolithic beast. I know that some work has been done on this front but I feel that you need to be way more extreme/critical.

                                    To highlight…

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                                      12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • [Planned for VS "14"] Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

                                      As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

                                      397 votes
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                                        27 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hey all,

                                        If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

                                        Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

                                        The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

                                        When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

                                      • GPGPU programming

                                        It would be very beautiful if .Net supports GPGPU programming like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPGPU
                                        especially that know graphic accelerators are in every where from PCs to Phones to Tablets..

                                        390 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • allow extension methods to be defined in instance classes

                                          Currently, extension methods can only be defined in a static class. It would be very helpful if an extension method could also be defined in an instance class, so that this was possible:

                                          public class Foo
                                          {
                                          public void DoBar()
                                          {
                                          new Qux().GetBaz("corge").DoGrault();
                                          }

                                          private static Baz GetBaz(this IQux qux, string s)
                                          {
                                          // Get Baz from qux here...
                                          }
                                          }

                                          This simply enables a more fluent syntax for private helper methods. This can improve readability of the code compared to a more procedural-looking use of normal static helper methods.

                                          The current workaround is to define a new internal static…

                                          390 votes
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                                            7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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