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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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      32 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

    • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

      We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

      1,183 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

        We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

        Hope that helps.

      • Support C++11 features

        Support C++11 features

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          98 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)

        • 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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            272 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Hide Area and Iteration Names users don't have permission to view

            In TFS 2010 we can set permissions on areas and iterations to limit access to work items and queries. However, all TFS users can still see the names of all area and iteration nodes regardless of permissions. There should be permissions that limit the visiblity of area and iteration node names.

            Scenario: We use a single team project for development of multiple products for multiple different customers. We configure areas and iterations for each different customer/product and set permissions on those nodes to limit access. Some customers and products are highly confidential and the associated area and iteration names should…

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              5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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.

              2,359 votes
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                102 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • provide an (extensibility) API for the Microsoft Test Manager

                Currently we need to go quite some lengths in order to extend and customize the Microsoft Test Manager functionality (Planning, edition and running tests) because the functionality mtm(.exe) provides only overlaps to a certain extend to our usecases and right now it offers no public API which we can build upon.

                197 votes
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                • coded ui

                  Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

                  704 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

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                      under review  ·  51 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

                      Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

                      For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

                      428 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • New Work Item Control: Checkbox

                        Creating string fields with "Yes" and "No" (or "True" or "False", or "1" and "0") as allowed values, is a viable "workaround" for a Yes/No field - but still, a real checkbox control would make it even better.

                        btw: Checkboxes are a Windows control introduced from the very beginning (Windows 1 actually, I checked. ;)

                        501 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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.

                          652 votes
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                            16 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • provide a way to version-control build definitions

                            Currently, there is no way to revert back to an old version of a Build definition once you've made changes to it.

                            854 votes
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                              31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • rename project in TFS

                              Rename existing project in TFS

                              5,712 votes
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                                161 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Work item control that allows a selection of multiple values

                                Having a multi-select control that work in VS, Web access, that is easy to query and populates the reporting cube would helpfull in many scenarios.

                                The current work around (ex: http://witcustomcontrols.codeplex.com/) is far from empassing all the above requirements

                                522 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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.

                                  360 votes
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                                    under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    4,964 votes
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                                      544 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.

                                    • 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).

                                      1,356 votes
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                                        69 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show me all test suites/ test plans a test case belongs to

                                        I should be able to find out all the test plans/ test suites in which a given test case is used

                                        245 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Take a look at the VSO release notes (www.visualstudio.com/.../2014-sep-4-vso) for the “Test cases related to Test suites” section.

                                          This capability allows the most basic need of finding out what all suites a test case belongs to. The list of suites that show up in the “test suite pane” for a selected test case lists all the suites that are present in the current test plan, across test plans and even across team projects within the current team project collection – just hover over the suite name for this information

                                          See the following for more info:
                                          http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/create-tests-vs

                                          This capability will be coming onto On-Prem TFS in the next update – TFS 2013 Update#4.

                                          -Ravi Shanker

                                        • JavaScript Navigation toolbar

                                          I vote for navigation windows and function/class browser for JavaScript, which we waiting from vs2005

                                          240 votes
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                                            under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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