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  1. Open fast

    Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
    Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

    It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

    346 votes
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      10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  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.

      345 votes
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        6 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support IntelliSense and underlining of errors in F# Interactive

        It's a big annoyance to not have auto completion there. C# Interactive from Roslyn supports it, and even the Immediate pane of C# and VB also have it

        343 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

          We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

          337 votes
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          • Add web deployment projects to VS11

            I've only spent 5mins in VS11 so far, but it seems like Website Application projects addon from (2005/2008/2010 has been integrated). However Website Deployment projects don't seem to be. It would be nice for these to finally get some official attention.

            335 votes
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              15 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

              On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

              331 votes
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              • Improve multi language support

                There are new ideas introduced in WPF with x:Uid in XAML and locbaml command line tool but the translation process is a mess, see http://wpflocalization.codeplex.com/

                There should also be a standalone resource editor available for translators.

                330 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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).

                  330 votes
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                    19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                    Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                    329 votes
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                      21 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add TryRemove(TKey key, out TValue value) to Dictionary<TKey, TValue>

                      Currently, to "pull" an item out of a Dictionary it is a two step process:

                      SomeClass value = null;
                      if (dictionary.TryGetValue(theKey, out value))
                      {
                      dictionary.Remove(theKey);
                      // do something with the item...
                      }

                      This requires the hash code to be generated twice, which can be costly in high performance scenarios (which is why TryGetValue exists in the first place).

                      It would be optimal to be able to do:

                      SomeClass value = null;
                      if (dictionary.TryRemove(theKey, out value))
                      {
                      // do something with the item...
                      }

                      Implementation would be trivial and provide significant benefit.

                      326 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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 →
                        • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                          Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                          320 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support calculated fields in TFS

                            The ability to create work item fields which are based on a calculation of the value of fields in linked work items.

                            For example, if a Product Backlog work item has two children Task work items which each have remaining work, it would be incredibly beneficial to have a field on the Product Backlog work item that was able to roll-up the values of these fields. That is to say that if the remaining work on the two Tasks for that Product Backlog item were 5 and 10 respectively, the Product Backlog work item could show that the sum of…

                            320 votes
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                            • Speedier F# compiling

                              Compilation in F# awfully slow. Please improve this!

                              310 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Implement Deep Zoom / MultiScaleImage

                                Would like this both for feature parity and to provide direct support for the creation of something like a native WPF Bing Maps control. Bridging in Silverlight apps or hosting a web page are not ideal solutions

                                310 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  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)

                                  308 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make code review feature usable

                                    The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                                    1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                                    2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                                    3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                                    307 votes
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                                      Thanks for the feedback on the code review features. We’re currently in the planning process for improving TFVC code reviews. We’ll come back and update this when we have a better idea of the release timeframe.

                                      Matt Mitrik
                                      TFS Program Manager

                                    • XML format of solutions files (.sln)

                                      Current format of solutions (.sln) files is very complex and is not XML. Current format prevents to make the merge operations and various automation actions. Visual Studio solutions files must be in recognized XML format (like MSBuild files).

                                      306 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Versioning of Work Items

                                        Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

                                        305 votes
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                                        • VB.Net should be fully supported in ASP.Net VNext , MVC 6

                                          Yes I do web development and Yes I am a VB !

                                          So I was horified to read this on the VNext Page on Gitthub "We have no VB support in the work for vNext."

                                          I Sure urge you to to start some planning about the support of VB.Net in ASP.Net VNext ,,, as Yes I currenty use MVC 5.2.3 in my production sites and hope to be at least able to upgrade to newer versions in the future , in my favorite coding language wich is VB.Net .

                                          I want support for VB.Net in all new webtech just as…

                                          303 votes
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                                            28 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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