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  1. Provide the ability to prioritise Backlog items in a sprint backlog by dragging and dropping the item

    When I am working with the sprint backlog in the new new web UI I want a way to easily re order the backlog items in the sprint.I can currently do this in the main product backlog but not in a sprint backlog

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      16 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        15 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 :(

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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

          4,589 votes
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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)

          • create a central place to manage rights for TFS, Sharepoint and Reporting Services

            Currently, I can only manage TFS rights from Visual Studio/Team Explorer. It would be very nice to have a central place, to not only manage TFS rights, but Sharepoint and Reporting Services as well.

            789 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

              To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

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                under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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  ·  47 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Make Solutions Load Faster

                  Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

                  1,234 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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…

                    15,001 votes
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                      272 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • rename project in TFS

                      Rename existing project in TFS

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                        155 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support for online/offline database sync for field devices without internet access

                        It would be great if there was official support for Microsoft-Sync (or similar technology) so field devices (or laptops without internet access) could use LightSwitch apps offline and sync once they were back online.

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                          2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • ability to add multiple activities per team member in sprint

                          I really like the new feature (may be) in TFS where you can add capacity in the sprint which estimates work by activity.

                          currently a developer can spend 2/3 of this time in development and 1/3 in bug fixing(testing). so, i would like to see two/more entries per team member to divide their capacity across different activities and properly track the project activities (dev, test, requirements etc etc)

                          hope you got what I am trying to say.

                          851 votes
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                            25 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.

                            830 votes
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                              31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Debug Lambda expressions [Planned]

                              Allow Quick Watch and other Debug functions to work with Lambda expressions.

                              "Expression cannot contain lambda expressions" makes this powerful language feature second-class within the IDE.

                              Especially for data intensive applications being able to write Lambda expressions in the Quick Watch, Watch, Immediate Windows and debug evaluation is a must have.

                              9,315 votes
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                                84 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                TL; DR – We’re working on it and we’re super excited about it.

                                Hey all,

                                Just shooting you all an update on this since I can see some of you are wondering if we forgot about this issue. Unfortunately, with UserVoice we can only mark a suggestion as “Under Review”, “Declined”, or “Complete”; there’s no “Planned” or “In Progress” state which is why this suggestion is still marked “Under Review” even though we’ve been working on enabling this for a while.

                                So here’s where we stand.
                                1) We want this to work as much as you do. It’s not under review – it’s in progress.
                                2) We figured out how to make it work; it simply requires rewriting everything.
                                3) We’re rewriting everything.
                                4) Rewriting everything takes a lot of time and a lot of testing.

                                You see, the Immediate and Watch windows are powered by this thing called…

                              • 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.

                                4,840 votes
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                                  536 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.

                                • [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.

                                  395 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…

                                  • Provide more visibility for a test case's result status

                                    Currently in MTM, you have to switch back and forth between the Test and Plan tabs because you can't see the test run status (i.e. Active, Passed, Failed, etc.) at the same time as you can assign testers to test cases. This makes re-balancing the workload across a large set of test cases very painful. (Also, the interface for assigning multiple test cases to a tester (or testers) is cumbersome.)

                                    It's difficult to report on test case result status within a suite - you can only easily report status using the pie chart for the entire test plan.

                                    Allow the…

                                    149 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  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.

                                      427 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back!

                                        Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option to automatically create unit test skeletons for methods and namespaces as it was in VS 2010!

                                        2,930 votes
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                                          Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. Though the ALM Rangers have released a workaround for this issue, we will change this item’s status to “Under Review” while we continue to evaluate the feasibility of including this into the product in a future release.

                                        • 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…

                                          1,386 votes
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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

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