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  1. Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

    Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

    Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

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      29 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • OOTB Rust programming langague support

      The new Rust programming language is developed by Mozilla.

      http://www.rust-lang.org/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rust_(programming_language)

      It gives a very solid infrastructure to write APIs (perhaps even with ABI style).

      It has some advantages over C APIs, and the compiled code is as low-level as that of C/C++.

      Please provide OOTB support for Rust in Visual Studio.

      Thanks.

      436 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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..

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          4 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

          Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

          429 votes
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          • 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.

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              28 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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…

              427 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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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                  13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                  possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

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                    We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                    Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                    Thanks!
                    Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                    Visual Studio Online Team

                  • Better project reload

                    If you work with DVCS like Git or Mercurial you always switch back and forth between branches. This always cause Visual Studio to reload projects even if they were not changed. Even if project is changed, it should not be that long. And of course it should not ask to reload each project.

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                      9 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support converting TFS online project from TFSVC to Git

                      I want to be able to convert an existing project in TFS online from using TFSVC version control to Git. Currently I can only get Git by creating a new project.

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                        We’ve made a lot of progress since our last update and will release this feature in TFS 2015 Update 1.

                        We recently moved the repository selector to the top-level navigation since it will change the hubs you see, such as Pull Requests for Git repositories or Changesets for TFVC repositories. We also added a button to create a Git repository directly from the repository selector, but it’s only enabled for Team Projects with Git right now. When the feature is complete, you will be able to create Git repositories from in a TFVC Team Project and the TFVC repository will be at the top of the repository selector with Git repositories below it. Team Explorer will also show TFVC and Git repositories in the same the same Team Project.

                        Jeremy Epling
                        TFS Program Manager

                      • 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.

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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring Windows 10 Universal Apps to Android and iOS

                          Create something like what Xamarin is doing in order to help developers to code once and run EVERYWHERE (Wndows 10, windows 10 mobile, android and ios).

                          If Microsoft could not buy Xamarin, at least do what they are doing by your own. Make something that enable us to archive real NATIVE cross platform development. It could dramatically increase the numbers of developers using .net to create mobile applications as well as increasing the number of apps created to wp too, since app could be compiled to ios, android AND WINDOWS PHONE. Hibrid apps like apache Cordova has a lot of…

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                            5 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add native Markdown support

                            Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

                            Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

                            To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

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                              5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Please bring back the Illustrator import option in Blend 2015

                              Please bring back the illustrator import in Blend 2015.

                              I use it extensively in Blend 2013 and now I find it is missing.

                              In addition, the ability to export to XAML on the Illustrator side is no longer maintained as well.

                              Blend is a *long way* from being a decent graphics generation and line drawing tool.

                              Breaking this tool chain is going to effect many people. It is very popular.

                              408 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Bring back incremental C# compilation

                                When coding Java in Eclipse, the compiler incrementally compiles the project in the background every time a file is saved. This way, when the user clicks run, the launch is instantaneous, rather than the long build process that comes with C#. This makes it easier to develop and test small changes, which in turn makes it easier to find and fix bugs.

                                The C# compiler originally had this functionality, but it was removed when .NET 2.0 arrived as it could sometimes cause problems. However, given that it been proved possible in an equivalent language by the Eclipse team, coupled with…

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                                  9 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make data accessible via APIs for custom processing

                                  Application Insights sounds cool but I can't imagine having all my data locked up behind a portal without an ability to programmatically access it or at least download it for offline processing. I'm sure the portal is awesome but I'm also sure that there will be project-specific types of insight I need to get out of this data which the portal won't sufficiently support. Making data accessible outside the portal lets you get around that concern while continuing to improve the product.

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                                    under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement XSLT 3.0 for .Net

                                    Fully support XSLT 3.0 in .Net (Including XQuery 3.0 and XPath 3.0)

                                    http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt-30/

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                                      2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make visible the current working changeset at which the code is updated in TFS Source Control History

                                      It could be useful to see which is the current working changeset at which the source code is updated like in SVN.
                                      For example using a bold font for the changeset line in the History

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                                      • Test Explorer is severely limited

                                        I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                                        1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                                        2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

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                                        • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

                                          With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

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                                            We are currently evaluating this suggestion to be included in the TEST hub group in team web access. We are also wanting to scope the ordering solution to address only the manual test cases present in Static, Query and Requirement-based suites.

                                            For automated test cases, the best practice is not to have dependencies between the automated tests. For folks who need the ordering between different test methods, we recommend using the “Ordered tests” in its current form (we are not planning to enhance the ordered tests in future though).

                                            Thanks
                                            -Ravi Shanker

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