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  1. Move a file in TFS, which is dragged from on project to another instead of remove and add it

    Until now, Visual Studio removes and adds a file in the TFS if it get traged/moved between different projects. Visual Studio should move the file instead to prevent the CC history.
    The same could also be used for cut & paste a file.

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      Thanks for the suggestion – we’re currently investigating what it would take to enable a better move experience across projects in Solution Explorer. We’ll provide more updates as we better understand this work.

      Matt Mitrik
      TFS Program Manager

    • 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.

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      • 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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          453 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

        • implement branch history for folders

          In the history of a single file the branch/rename history is visible by plus-sign on the left.
          I would like to have such a feature for complete folders which are branched/renamed.

          158 votes
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            Thanks for the suggestion – we’re currently investigating what it would take to enable a better folder history experience inside Visual Studio. We’ll provide more updates as we better understand this work.

            Matt Mitrik
            TFS Program Manager

          • 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  ·  10 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

              possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

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                We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                Thanks!
                Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                Visual Studio Online Team

              • 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.

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                • Application Insights - Implement SDK as Portable Class Libs - Support Xamarin IOS / Android / WinPhone Silverlight / WinRT / WPF

                  It would seem that AppInsights client side SDK should be a PCL. This would greatly extend the reach.
                  Basically, in this day and age, any app developer must write for all mobile platforms - WinPhone, IOS, Android, WinRT. Xamarin has proven the viability of PCL, and with great frameworks like MVVMCross (also a PCL) . Why MS is still building frameworks like AI that are not implemented as PCL is beyond me.

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                    5 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We are very interested in extending Application Insights to as many platforms as possible. Xamarin support is for sure on our backlog. We are currently prioritizing and scheduling future improvements. As of today, we don’t have any ability to comment on when this support may arrive.

                    Joshua Weber – AppInsights PM

                  • 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).

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                      88 comments  ·  Install  ·  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…

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                        67 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

                      • 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 →
                        • 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. ;)

                          569 votes
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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.

                            772 votes
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                            • 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…

                              93 votes
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                                under review  ·  2 comments  ·  Extension  ·  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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                                • 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.

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                                  • Collapsible Outlining in F# Code Editor

                                    Create collapsible outlines around functions, type declarations, and workflows at minimum, perhaps around more fine-grained constructs as well. Allow mouse-less collapse and expansion with Ctrl+M key.

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                                      2 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 in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                      While it is at an early stage, collapsible outlining is one of the features enabled. The project 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

                                    • 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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                                        14 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add a Treeview Control to Lightswitch

                                        Display of hierarchical data is a requirement in many business applications. The forums and blogs are full of questions on how to add a treeview to a Lightswitch application. While it can be done with a custom control, adding it to the standard set of controls would certainly make Lightswitch a more powerful business application development environment. BTW, be sure and have a two-way SelectedItem property.

                                        340 votes
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                                          6 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Dave,

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

                                          Displaying hierarchical data is possible today using custom controls in a LightSwitch HTML client application. Michael Washington has written a blog post (http://lightswitchhelpwebsite.com/Blog/tabid/61/EntryId/2220/JQuery-Mobile-Tree-Using-Collapsible-Sections-and-Dynamic-Views-in-LightSwitch.aspx) describing how to implement collapsible sections using Jewel Lambart’s Collapsible Content Control (http://jewellambert.com/jquery-mobile-collapsible-content-control-with-lightswitch/).

                                          Thanks,
                                          Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

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