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  1. "Not In" operator for Work Item Queries

    Nearly all WIQL operators can be negated, except for the "In" operator. IMHO there's a need for a "Not In" operator, the negated version of the "In" operator, returning true if a field value is not in the specified list of values.

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      Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to include this into the product. We will be providing an update soon.
      - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

    • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

      ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

      Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

      657 votes
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      • Bring back Macros

        I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

        If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

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          617 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

          Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

        • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

          Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

          Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

          As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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            285 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

            It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
            Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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

              We are very interested in extending Application Insights to as many platforms as possible. Xamarin support is for sure on our backlog. We are currently prioritizing and scheduling future improvements. As of today, we don’t have any ability to comment on when this support may arrive.

              Joshua Weber – AppInsights PM

            • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

              Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

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              • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

                I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

                We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

                859 votes
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                • Hide iteration work items in web access backlog or modify the query

                  When in the backlog view in Team Web Access, it would be helpful to be able to hide work items that have already been assigned to an iteration. I think this could be accomplished by some sort of option or by being able to modify the backlog query

                  66 votes
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                    UPDATE: In one of the updates we have made a change which shows any committed item regardless which sprint it is in, based on strong customer feedback. With that update, it is not possible anymore to hide these items on the backlog.


                    In the process template we have defined the meta-states. If an item is in the metastate InProgress or Completed they are removed from the backlog when they are assigned to an iteration. It depends on the template you are using.

                    Scrum: PBI’s and bugs in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in state Committed or Done.
                    Agile: User Stories in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed
                    CMMI: Requirements in an iteration are removed from the backlog when in the state Active, Resolved or Closed

                    Ewald Hofman – TFS Product Group

                  • XAML Debugging

                    Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

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                      15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Move a file in TFS, which is dragged from on project to another instead of remove and add it

                      Until now, Visual Studio removes and adds a file in the TFS if it get traged/moved between different projects. Visual Studio should move the file instead to prevent the CC history.
                      The same could also be used for cut & paste a file.

                      169 votes
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                        Thanks for the suggestion – we’re currently investigating what it would take to enable a better move experience across projects in Solution Explorer. We’ll provide more updates as we better understand this work.

                        Matt Mitrik
                        TFS Program Manager

                      • Enterprise Library as default framework

                        I think include enterprise library as default framework will become handy as this will help for consistency. As my concern, I think most of development works now need dependency injection (unity), Logging tool and config tool. So why not put enterprise library as the first option

                        130 votes
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                          25 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

                          Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

                          Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

                          7,270 votes
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                            478 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


                            Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

                            We…

                          • 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

                            • Give some love to the Visual Studio Gallery

                              Visual Studio Gallery serves thousands of Visual Studio users every day.

                              As a developer of Visual Studio extensions (and other tools), I'd love to see the Gallery receiving some of the love that the .NET tools and frameworks enjoy.

                              In particular (but in no particular order):

                              1. Spruce up the Gallery - the site could use some freshening up, making it a bit more up to date with regards to technology
                              2. Provide a public API (REST?) for interacting with the gallery: uploading extensions, querying the download count, getting information about a particular package, etc.
                              3. Support Markdown in the…

                              128 votes
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                                under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • C++ code map

                                Add support for C++ code maps!

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                                  4 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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

                                  418 votes
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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

                                  • Enable reporting with Visual Studio Online

                                    It would be great to have access to the reporting capabilities in the Warehouse and the Cube to enhance the analysis capabilities with VSO. Especially around testing and other such capabilities we would really benefit from having some degree of reporting access (even if it was just against SQL Azure and didn't provide cube access)

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                                    • Custom Sort Order for TFS Fields

                                      At the moment is very difficult to get a good sort order for any field that is not-numerical. Give me the ability, either when I create a field, or when I create a query, to set a custom sort order.

                                      This comes up all the time. But here are two examples.

                                      Status: I have New, Active, Closed. I'd like to have the sort order match the chronology of the workflow, but all I can get is alphabetical.

                                      Stack Rank: We use stack rank to organize the most pressing work item, but don't apply it to all items in our backlog.…

                                      58 votes
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                                      • Add reason to MSTest IgnoreAttribute.

                                        I would like to be able to put a reason on my ignored tests. The reason should be visibile when I'm looking at hte ignored tests in test-explorer.
                                        E.g. [TestMethod, Ignore("This test is ignored because....")]

                                        86 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Decouple C++ compiler releases from Visual Studio releases

                                          In VS2010 and subsequently in VS2010sp1, many features of C++11 was implemented. But it is still far from covering the full spec. And we can assume that the full spec will not be available even in VS2011(or v.next). Because, MS is polling developers for prioritizing certain features of C++11. May it will take some time to have a fully supported C++11 with VS. And that is true for almost all the C++ implementations. And probably, the C++ compiler supplied with VS v.next will not be usable with VS2010.

                                          We can see, C++ compiler releases(full version or service packs) are coupled…

                                          214 votes
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