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  1. Improve WPF Editor performance

    Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

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      under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add context menu item in solution explorer to open Source Control Explorer showing selected file

      When you right-click in VS 2010 Solution Explorer it would be great to have a shortcut there that opens up Source Control Explorer immediately showing the selected file.

      Currently a user is required to open Source Control Explorer and manually expand (and know) all the folders in the path to get to the desired location.

      141 votes
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        under review  ·  9 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

        1,721 votes
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          under review  ·  46 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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).

          1,265 votes
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            67 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…

            1,360 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

            • 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.

              9,282 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 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.

                78 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  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

                  219 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    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

                  • 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.

                    4,797 votes
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                      534 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.

                    • 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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                        271 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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!

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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.

                        • 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.

                          828 votes
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                            24 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide build configuration dependencies in TFS Build

                            Provide the ability to create build configuration dependencies such that the success of one build configuration can trigger another build configuration such as a successful build triggering the building of an installation package or a build configuration which deploys to a development or staging server. Other tools such as Cruise Control.Net and Jetbrains TeamCity already offer build configuration dependencies/build configuration triggering through various means, therefore, TFS Build should also provide this type of support.

                            1,639 votes
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                              under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Lab Management support for VM running on non Hyper-V infrastructure

                              currently only VM running on Hyper-V are directly supported.

                              All other virtualization solution requires treating the VM like physical machine and therefore it is not easily possible to test a multiple machine setup. Especially ESX based virtualization is very common.

                              62 votes
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                                This is a commonly asked feature. We will make some more headway in supporting non-Hyper-V platforms. However, the first class experience will continue to be offered on SCVMM and Hyper-V platform, at least for the next release.

                                Vijay Machiraju, Principal Program Manager, Visual Studio Test and Lab Management

                                - Update (7/12/2012) -
                                In Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012, we have improved on a concept of Standard Environments which will really help with non-SCVMM environments. It will allow you to use them in the Build, Deploy, Test workflow without any additional changes. Lab Management will even reach out to each of the machines in your environment and install the Visual Studio Agents automatically. I would love for everyone to give Standard Environments a try and then let us know if this meets what you would like or what else you would like us to do more. Thanks…

                              • 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.

                                676 votes
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                                • Allow developer to copy/paste layout hierarchy between screens.

                                  Often I'm finding screens may have similar custom layouts, but I need to build each one from scratch. I have to flip back and forth between screens (see my other sugg. "Allow developer to have multiple screen designers open simultaneously."), and manually tweak the hierarchy to get screens to be consistent with each other. I'd like to be able to select a node in one design screen, copy it, and paste it into another.

                                  285 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • rename project in TFS

                                    Rename existing project in TFS

                                    5,576 votes
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                                      153 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

                                      Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

                                      250 votes
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                                        under review  ·  13 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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

                                        39 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          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

                                        • 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 →
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