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  1. rename project in TFS

    Rename existing project in TFS

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      153 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.

      813 votes
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        31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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…

        1,372 votes
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          31 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

        • 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.

          838 votes
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            24 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

            1,727 votes
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              under review  ·  46 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.

              4,815 votes
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                535 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.

              • Create migration tooling for TFS

                As a ALM Consulting I need good migration tooling so that I can push data from one TFS server to another.

                The idea would be to create solid open source tooling that really supports consultants in the field. The TFS Integration Tools are too often a sledge hammer when a scalpel will do and the lack of investment is making them more and more irrelevant. We need to have simple tooling to move work between TFS servers, Collections, and Team Projects which is not currently supported scenarios in the Integration Tools.

                93 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Customize the columns on the Task Board

                  - Configure columns on the task board, just as on the Kanban board
                  - allow to control what workitems should appear on a board (even if not linked to a user story/pbi)
                  - allow setting of WIP limits per column

                  175 votes
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                    9 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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

                    288 votes
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                      15 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.

                      343 votes
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                        under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 870 votes
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                          under review  ·  42 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  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.

                          9,286 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…

                          • 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.

                            780 votes
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                              13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow impediments to be viewable next to their respective tasks within the Board page.

                              Up until a few weeks ago, we had been using the Urban Turtle extension for TFS, which was much easier to work with than the base web interface. I love the new TFS web interface, however, there is no way to view impediments to a task (no easy way). If an associate is waiting on something in order to complete their task, we add an impediment to the task. Urban Turtle then shows that impediment (in yellow) next to the task, so that we can easily see that the developer is unable to proceed. This allows our project manager to…

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

                                283 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  297 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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).

                                    1,267 votes
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                                      67 comments  ·  Install  ·  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!

                                      2,925 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.

                                      • Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

                                        Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

                                        A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

                                        697 votes
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                                          10 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

                                          I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

                                          445 votes
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                                            14 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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