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  1. 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.

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      31 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add support for SSH keys as alternate authentication method in TFS Online

      A common way to authenticate clients in a Git setup is to use SSH keys. It would be nice to have that method on TFS Online as well.

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      • 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 →
        • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

          Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

          MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

          For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

          3,274 votes
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            19 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

            Will Buik,
            Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

          • 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.

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              461 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              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 will update the community when SlowCheetah has been updated with support for Visual Studio 2015.

              Will Buik,
              Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

            • 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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                281 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                789 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.

                  5,501 votes
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                    604 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.

                  • Support for regions in JavaScript-editor of Visual Studio

                    In Visual Studio Developer Preview 11 in CSS-Editor adds the ability to split code on regions, which can expand and collapse. In CSS-code regions is defined as follows:

                    /*#region Region 1 */
                    .test1
                    {
                    color: Red;
                    }
                    /*#endregion*/

                    I propose to add support for regions in JavaScript-editor. For JS-regions can use the following syntax:

                    //#region Region 1
                    function test1() {
                    alert("Test");
                    }
                    //#endregion

                    9 votes
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                      under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Better Angular Support

                      There has to be more "connectivity" between html/cshtml and javascript (and typescript).

                      For example pressing F12 in an ng-click attribute should bring me to the function in the javascript (or when typescript used to ts function).

                      40 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Next era of drag and drop development for Visual Studio

                        Develop a declarative client side framework like AngularJS in pure TypeScript with tight integration with Visual Studio. Wait! Let me explain!

                        With the coming of age of HTML5 Shadow DOM and surging popularity of declarative client side frameworks like AngularJS/EmberJs, Visual Studio can usher in the next era of Drag and Drop web development...of single page applications.

                        Something analogous to a AngularJS "directive" could be dragged from the VS interface as a fully functional widget that, thanks to upcoming HTML5 Shadow DOM spec, would ALWAYS render the widget as intended.

                        This would allow Single Page Applications to be developed at…

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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 →
                          • Drag and drop reordering for multiple consecutive items in the product backlog

                            In hosted TFS 2012 preview it is possible to reorder the product backlog by dragging and dropping, for one item at a time.

                            When your product backlog is large and you have several consecutive items to move this can be quite time-consuming and fiddly to achieve. It would be great to be able to select multiple items and drag them all together to a new position.

                            140 votes
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                            • 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

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

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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

                                • Support C++11 features

                                  Support C++11 features

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                                    100 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Update 1/2/2014:
                                    Support for C++11 began in Visual Studio 2010, which included auto and lambda functions. In Visual Studio 2012, we implemented more of the standard—for example, range-based for loops, standard threads, and futures. Visual Studio 2013 provides even more—variadic templates, delegating constructors, non-static data member initializers, uniform initialization, ‘using’ aliases, and other features.

                                    For more information, see the C++ Conformance Roadmap on Soma’s blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/28/cpp-conformance-roadmap.aspx) , and learn about the Future of C++ from Herb Sutter (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/2-306).

                                    Finally, this table summarizes conformance by feature, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh567368.aspx.

                                    Thanks,
                                    Visual C++ Team (ebattali@Microsoft.com)

                                  • 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…

                                    102 votes
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                                      under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide refactoring support for F# code.

                                      Currently F# IDE integration into visual studio does not have any refactoring support. It would be nice to at the very least be able to handle renaming.

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                                        16 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry inn Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                        While it is at an early stage, it contains useful refactoring functionality including some rename refactoring, as well as other functionality, and is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                                        This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                                        Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                                      • Enable Export to Excel for Web Application Template

                                        Exporting to Excel is only available for local desktop applicaitons, but more applications these days are deployed as web applications. The export to Excel feature is incredibly valuable, and would be a great addition to applications deployed to the Web and Cloud.

                                        195 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Chris,

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

                                          Exporting to Excel is possible using some custom code. See http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5494c41d-bce2-46f6-a1ab-0d09e7004653/lightswitch-html-client-how-to-export-to-excel-or-word?forum=lightswitch to read a few of the solutions provided by the LightSwitch community.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                        • Add Auto-Reload to Visual Studio when adding C# scripts to the project from Unity

                                          There is an option in Visual Studio to auto reload when changing a file as long as there are no unsaved changes, but there is no option to auto reload when adding files to a project.

                                          Everytime adding a new script inside of Unity we get a prompt in Visual Studio to Reload/Reload All. It would be really nice to have UnityVS handle this since it happens a ton of times during the development of a project and it is something it really should be doing anyway.

                                          28 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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