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  1. XNA for WinRT

    I've written several games for WP7 using XNA or XNA/Silverlight hybrids. I have thousands of hours invested into that codebase. Unless XNA works on WinRT, I won't be able to port my WP7 apps over to WinRT.

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      8 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Hierachical Navigation Menu

      In a real world LOB system, there may be a lot of menu items, which should be organized in a hierachical navigation menu.

      320 votes
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        21 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

        It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

        319 votes
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          6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  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/

          316 votes
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            1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Integrate Team Wiki / project documentation pages

            To document a project, we currently use the tfs team wiki pages and sharepoint. It would be nice to have the same in the online tfs version.

            314 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

              It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

              [RowTest]
              [Row(10, 10, 100)]
              Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

              313 votes
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                7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add .Net Framework v. 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010

                Since Visual Studio 2010 was originally built to support newer versions/future version of the .Net Framework, .Net 4.5 support should be added to Visual Studio 2010 since Visual Studio 2012 has significantly reduced the usability and productivity of the IDE by discoloring the UI as well as removing critical features such as "Creating Unit Test". Adding .Net 4.5 support to Visual Studio 2010 would allow developers who do not wish to upgrade to Visual Studio 2012 the ability to continue using their favorite IDE with the latest .Net technology.

                311 votes
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                  11 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make change files faster

                  When you open 10 files or more, change between thems or close all is slow, more if some of the files are designers (WinForms, xaml)

                  310 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add server-side git hooks

                    Please add server-side git hooks. Github has this feature and it is extremely useful.

                    More info here: http://git-scm.com/book/en/Customizing-Git-Git-Hooks#Server-Side-Hooks

                    304 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Google V8 Debugger Protocol support

                      Please add support for the Google V8 Debugger Protocol, which would make developing in Javascript using Node.js and Visual Studio a lot less painful.

                      http://code.google.com/p/v8/wiki/DebuggerProtocol

                      302 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Stop automatically messing with my solution configurations and platforms

                        Every single time I add a project to a solution, Visual Studio "helpfully" adds to the solution every configuration it finds in the project.

                        Every single time the project has a platform that the solution doesn't, Visual Studio "helpfully" creates the missing solution platform and also, most annoyingly, "Mixed Platforms".

                        PLEASE leave them alone. I set them up how I like and I'd like them to stay that way.

                        Example use case #2:

                        I create a new project (defaults to x86) and add a Util library (AnyCPU). Wham, I'm only 5 seconds into a new project and I already have…

                        301 votes
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                          8 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Switch to Clang

                          Why?

                          Because it compiles code faster on large code bases.
                          Because it is more C++11 compliant.
                          Because it will be updated with fixes in a timely manner.
                          Because it will require less of your maintenance.
                          Because you can contribute back to it to make it even better.
                          Because you can build tools out of it like Intellisense, static analysis, etc.
                          Because MSFT can focus on Visual Studio UI and other elements that make it a nice IDE.
                          Because this is what C++ developers would prefer (non-biased opinion here :P ).
                          Because code portability is important in this platform diverse world.

                          301 votes
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                            12 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Move workitem between team projects

                            make it easy to split team projects into multiple team projects, moving work items between them.

                            301 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enhance the Open Query in Microsoft Excel to allow cross-project queries to be exported.

                              Now we get error: TF208015: You are trying to add work items that are not in the selected team project for this Microsoft Excel file. Only the work items from the *** team project will be added to your work item list. If you want to add work items from another team project, open a new Microsoft Excel file from that team project.

                              Are you kidding me? How is it the TF client can display the results of the query, but the export cannot handle them too? Makes it incredibly cumbersome to manage program-level reporting...

                              300 votes
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                                14 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                                Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                                298 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Dave,

                                  Thank you for the suggestion. We have added it to our product backlog and will consider it for a future release.

                                  Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                  Thanks,
                                  Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                                  The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

                                  298 votes
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                                    17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

                                    Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

                                    292 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • XML comments schema customization in C#

                                      Allow to customize the XML tags recommended for use in XML inline comments for documentation.

                                      Just as in VB, a CSharpXMLDoc.xml could be saved in AppData to pass C# editor the customized XML elements.

                                      292 votes
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                                        13 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Sql Server Compact 5

                                        Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                                        290 votes
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                                          12 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  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.

                                          289 votes
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                                            10 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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