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  1. Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

    I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

    During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
    * Team Foundation Server Express
    * SQL Server Express
    * SQL Server Data Tools
    * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
    * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
    * Entity Framework…

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      35 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
      I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

      Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

      Kelly Berman
      Visual Studio Program Manager

    • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

      Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

      1,404 votes
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        75 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

        It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Thank you for your suggestion!

          We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

          We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

          Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
          Maria Ghiondea
          Visual Studio Diagnostics

        • Customize Process Template on Visual Studio Online

          In Visual Studio Online, allow the ability to change the current process template a created project is using as well as the ability to upload your own process templates to create new projecsts with.

          2,503 votes
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          • Make the installation of Visual Studio light-weight and fast

            What?
            Installing Visual Studio takes too long

            Why?
            There's a lot of stuff that the VS installer installs that I probably never is going to use.

            Proposal:
            Make modules and packages install when needed. The Office-install has had this option for ages, where you can deceide whether you want to install a feature a) now, b) when needed, or c) never. That way the basic install will probably be a lot faster and it will take up less space on our drives (how many terabytes of never-used-features do you think VS is accumulating worldwide?).

            I belive you already have the…

            51 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Sprint Goals to sprints in TFS Services

              On TFS Services, allow a Sprint Goal to be added, and displayed on the kanban board. Currently, there is no way of clearly stating sprint objectives.

              66 votes
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              • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

                1,976 votes
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                • rename project in TFS

                  Rename existing project in TFS

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                  • [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.

                    418 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…

                    • 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.…

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                      • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

                        Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

                        A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

                        676 votes
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                        • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

                          It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

                          I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

                          324 votes
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                          • Use Nuget to install most of the components

                            Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

                            This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

                            645 votes
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                              under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Let me customize the scrum board in Team Web Access more

                              The board is great in many ways but as a former user of TFS Workbench I miss being able to sort the Product Backlog Items in the scrum board, filter out items based on other criteria than assignment and also see more information such as the backlog priority and TFS ID on the backlog Items without clicking them.

                              I can understand keeping the user interface simple, but at least let it be optional :)

                              28 votes
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                              • Implement indexed full-text search of work items, check-in comments and source

                                TFS stores a tremendous amount of text, but finding what you are looking for with the built-in tools is not very easy. The work item query editor follows the old structured approach - which is good for some things - but is clumsy for full-text, unstructured searches. Check-in comments are even more problematic.
                                Imagine a search engine that crawls the full TFS content, with simple scoping (project/folder and item type) that instantly finds changesets, work items and source code. The web frontent should have a very familiar "web search engine" style, but it should also be possible to perform these…

                                258 votes
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                                  Thanks for the feedback. The web access site for TFS 2010 features a search box for work items. The work item search box has been added into the product for the next version of Visual Studio. As BertrandH notes, there’s a third party plug-in that adds a search box for work items to VS 2010. Our official powertools for VS 2010 also recently released with a work item search box added in: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c255a1e4-04ba-4f68-8f4e-cd473d6b971f.

                                  We continue to look into a comprehensive search solution for all artifacts in TFS besides just work items.

                                • Separate WPF designer from xaml text editor

                                  Separating designer from xaml text editor will allow use them on multiple monitors. Also it takes times to open a xaml file because the designer loads. Even if only xaml text editor is visible. I prefer to edit xaml manualy and don't need the designer. If i need it some day, i will open it explicitly

                                  265 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

                                    in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

                                    Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

                                    3,599 votes
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                                      26 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

                                      Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

                                      1,700 votes
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                                      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

                                        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

                                        990 votes
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                                          22 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

                                          Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

                                          821 votes
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                                            under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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