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  1. Create a grouping / categorising mechanism for product backlog

    There isn't a good way to group or categorize items on the product backlog at the moment. Especially when starting up a new project, this means the backlog is huge and you'll probably need some sort of way to keep track of everything. There's areas, but those don't show on the product backlog. There's linkin items, but that also affects prioritising in way you don't want it to.

    Some kind of tagging system would be nice. Suppose you could tag your workitems with categories (the way SharePoint tagging works is quite powerfull). Those categories could then be used to filter,…

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      In TFS 2013 we have added the portfolio management capability to TFS, which enables your requested scenario. If you want to learn more about portfolio management, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/dn237341.aspx.

      In addition you can also use the work item tags to categorize your items further. We have just announced the ability in VIsual Studio Online to query on tags, which makes it even more valuable.

      Ewald Hofman
      TFS Program Manager

    • TFService + git - Pull requests

      Visual Studio's current Code Review feature works only from within Visual Studio: https://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/learn/code/get-your-code-reviewed-vs

      When using TFService with git, we need something similar to Pull Requests, as a means for performing code reviews, as github.com and bitbucket.org offer:

      https://help.github.com/articles/using-pull-requests

      https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/BITBUCKET/Working+with+pull+requests

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring Back Full-Color Icons to Visual Studio 2012

          The mostly black & gray glyphs used in Visual Studio 2012 are very difficult to distinguish between. Familiar icons that we have known and used for years are now gone, and it takes (wastes!) a ton of time trying to find the right icon/command/object. Please bring back the tried-and-true, full-color icons that clearly represent each command/object and are easily identifiable.

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            307 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has added color in several broad reaching icon categories. We classified the icons we focused on into three sets: icons which represent common actions, icons which indicate code hierarchy, and icons that provide some kind of notification. By utilizing a systematic and broadly applicable approach to color use we are better able to effectively convey critical meaning or affiliation through color, to attract attention through color, and to improve scan-ability through color. This approach translates into color being applied to ~80% of standard toolbar and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications.

            Based upon the design goals outlined above and design decisions reflected in the existing scheme for each of the core icon sets we will continue to apply and extend our approach to icon colorization as we move forward. As…

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              0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Remove the "common" directory from metro templates

              The readme in the "common" folder states clearly that one should not touch the classes in there and they are used by most if not all metro templates . . . That's a huge stepback from previous templates! If there are classes that are required by pretty much every metro templates, why aren't they in WINRT instead of laying around at random in our own code?

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                2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make it possible for us to name areas of our XAML code

                My idea is a kind of meta-tag with a name and a description. You'd use it by placing an opening meta-tag somewhere in your XAML and a closing meta-tag somewhere below. Whenever your mouse pointer hovered over a clear area of the XAML window that's inside the region defined by your meta-tag (somewhere without any XAML, like a white line, or the blank area before or after any XAML tag), the tooltip would show the name and description given in your meta-tag.

                In another related subject, the #region and #endregion directives could also have the same behaviour, but in the…

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                  0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Test Manger 2010 customization

                  In Team Foundation Server (TFS) Test Manager 2011, in the drop down menu has "Pass" or 'Fail" selection for test steps, we also need "Not Applicable" selection. The reason being sometimes we need to select N/A for some tests that are not ready to be run (like document verification tests) that will be run on the next pass. Please let me know if we can customize Test Manager. If so, how to do it.

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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Permit user-defined "key" for Views instead of the awful/useless inferred "key"

                    When including a SQL View in the Data Source, LS "infers" the "key" - horribly, uselessly, and incapable of being editing to the correct key. Besides this being, IMO, a bug, it renders the inclusion of a View for practical purposes, useless. I don't want the View Schema Bound just so I can define an Index that "looks" like a PK but cannot be designated as such.

                    PLEASE CHANGE LIGHTSWITCH SO THAT:
                    When the SQL objects are initially added to the data source and a View is featured, or for that matter a table that lacks a PK, it presents…

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                      9 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Stephen,

                      Thanks for your suggestion. We are marking this suggestion as completed. Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 includes enhancements to working with views within LightSwitch. This includes the ability to set the key. Read http://blogs.msdn.com/b/lightswitch/archive/2014/05/20/attaching-to-sql-views.aspx for further details. If there is something you feel is still missing from the product, please open a new suggestion with those details.

                      Thanks,
                      Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                    • Standalone installer for vsupdate_KB2707250.exe would be usefull and save time.

                      As you can read here:
                      http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vssetup/thread/06b7f509-567b-4869-81a3-801e4cae883f/

                      there is no standalone installer for vsupdate_KB2707250.exe.

                      Each time when you reinstall your development PC you have to wait a long time while the web installer of the
                      update vsupdate_KB2707250.exe downloads the update. To eliminate this uncessary wait time, it woul be
                      usefull to download only once a standalone installer of the vsupdate_KB2707250.exe update.

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                        17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Our installer does allow for downloading once and applying across multiple machines. Please see Rob Caron’s blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/robcaron/archive/2013/04/04/how-to-install-visual-studio-2012-update-2-offline.aspx) for instruction on how to do this. Having said that, we also recognize that the /layout option doesn’t work in all cases, so we’ve also provided an ISO image (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2013/05/03/announcing-availability-of-isos-for-visual-studio-updates.aspx?PageIndex=3&CommentPosted=true) where you can use your own downloader to accomplish offline/multiple installs. And for those reporting issues with the /layout option, please know that we’re working on the issues as we discover them.

                        I’m marking this item as Completed given the fact that the feature exists (admittedly with some outstanding bugs we’re working on) and we have a different, offline alternative in our ISO image for customers experiencing problems with the /layout feature. Between one of those two paths, we believe this issue is addressed.

                        Eric Knox – MSFT
                        Microsoft Visual Studio Team

                      • VS11. Bring back the old "Pending Changes" window

                        The new one is very confusing!!!

                        I think the old one was almost perfect so why did you change it??? I mean, you can add new options but why did you change the philosophy?

                        The most important problems I see with the new one:

                        - No way to have that window independent so it can be accessed easily and fast

                        - Difficult to see at first sight the files changed! (of course, the new “no color” interface is part of the problem...)

                        - Difficult to exclude changes! (in the old one it was so easy by clicking the checkbox...)

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                          We are happy to let you know that in today’s release of Visual Studio 2013 Preview we have made numerous improvements to the Pending Changes experience. The most significant additions are the ability to undock the Pending Changes page from Team Explorer, an option for viewing changes in a flat list, text filtering, and the removal of the “All Changes” page that was used when your number of files exceeded 250 items.

                          You can get the VS2013 Preview build here:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566

                          Matt
                          Program Manager | TFS Version Control

                        • Go to Definition of resource in xaml

                          When you select a resource and press F12 you navigate to the declaration of the Resource according to the x:Key value

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                            1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide customization for test plan, test results

                            I would like to customize a test plan and add new fields to it. I should be able to customize test result values - like adding Not Applicable to passed/ failed/ blocked. I should be able to customize the test failure reason on a failing test case

                            72 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              With VS/TFS 2013 Update#3, we have converted both the Test Plan and Test Suites to TFS work items. As such, you can now customize the Test Plan & Test suite and add custom fields or define custom workflows to it.

                              Take a look at:
                              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/05/23/test-plan-and-test-suite-customization-with-tfs2013-update3.aspx

                              http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh409273.aspx

                              http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn790280.aspx

                              For Test Result Outcome, we have added the “Not Applicable” option to the available list (Pass/Fail/Blocked). This capability has been added as part of VS 2012 Update#2.

                              Take a look at:
                              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2013/06/05/microsoft-test-manager-customization-of-test-result-fields-and-marking-test-results-as-na.aspx

                              For customizing Test Result Failure Type & Resolution Type, we have added this capability in VS 2012 Update#2.
                              Take a look at:

                              http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff398070.aspx

                              http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2013/06/05/microsoft-test-manager-customization-of-test-result-fields-and-marking-test-results-as-na.aspx

                              With the Test Plan/Test Suite customization feature along with FailureType/ResolutionType customization, we are marking this user voice item as “Completed”

                              -Ravi Shanker

                            • Visual Studio 2012 TFS Pending Changed

                              If you use filter actions from the pending changes window in TFS you must be very careful when checkin files in because there maybe files that you cannot see in the pending changes list which will also be checked in without you knowing. These files can even be different branches as we found during one of our projects.

                              It appears to be a limit of around 190 files that it can show you in the "Included Files" tree (even though the filter is set to Show All). For your convenience (!!) if it is showing a limited set of files,…

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                                We are happy to let you know that in today’s release of Visual Studio 2013 Preview we now show all of your pending changes in a virtualized list if you have a large number of changes. We’ve also removed of the “All Changes” page that was previously used to show a large number of items.

                                You can get the VS2013 Preview build here:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=306566

                                Matt
                                Program Manager | TFS Version Control

                              • Support organize tables and screesn into folders.

                                Imagine a system has 100+ tables and screens, without the folder, it's too hard to find which table/screen is in which domain.

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                                  7 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Ryan,

                                  Thank you for your suggestion. We are marking this suggestion as completed. Tables are now grouped under their data source. Screens can be organized in folders under the screens node. If you wanted further organization, please log a new suggestion with the details.

                                  Thanks,
                                  Elizabeth Maher, LightSwitch Team

                                • css editor not Intelligent

                                  css editor not Intelligent!!!,yes css editor not Intelligent.
                                  please see microsoft expression web 4 css editor,The proposed css pseudo class and complate it,and very very another features which visual With all this greatness!,It has been denied.Unfortunately the new version of visual 2012 once it has been denie!!!Sorry,Sorry,Sorry :(

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                                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for the feedback. Visual Studio 2012 added full Intellisense for pseudo selectors and Visual Studio 2013.3 adds even more Intellisense for selectors, such as CSS Selectors Level 4 and attribute selectors.

                                    Mads Kristensen
                                    Program Manager
                                    Visual Studio Web Tools

                                  • Edit & Continue: Allow changing of Constants

                                    If you change the constants to variables in the compiler when edit & continue is enabled, users will be able to edit them & continue.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hi,

                                      This suggestion is now complete!
                                      Visual Studio supports this Edit and Continue feature starting with Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/02/23/visual-studio-2015-ctp-6-and-team-foundation-server-2015-ctp-released.aspx

                                      For more information, please, read: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/02/23/enc-improvements-for-net-debugging-in-visual-studio-2015.aspx

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                                      Maria Ghiondea
                                      Visual Studio Diagnostics

                                    • to make a TypeOf...IsNot expression useable instead of Not TypeOf...Is

                                      TypeOf...IsNot is more readable than the "awkward syntax" Not TypeOf...Is

                                      11 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Hey Barthafe,

                                        Great suggestion! This inconsistency has long plagued us since the introduction of the IsNot operator in VB2005.

                                        While we do not currently have plans to implement this feature in the next release of Visual Studio, we have fixed it in Roslyn, which is our long-lead effort to rebuild the VB and C# compilers and editing experiences from the ground up. When Roslyn eventually becomes part of Visual Studio, you should see full support for TypeOf … IsNot … expressions. We have not determined when that will be, but it is on our roadmap.

                                        Though you can’t see the fix yet, and it won’t be in the next release, I’m closing this suggestion as completed to free up your votes to put toward other suggestions.

                                        Thanks again,

                                        Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic & C# Languages

                                      • Allow turning the CSS auto formatting off completly.

                                        There doesn't appear to be a way to turn off the auto formatting in CSS files. I'm sure that in VS2010 my most hit, non-alphanumeric key was the semi-colon, in VS2012 it's backspace 2012 tends to put in spaces and line breaks automatically. I prefer to wrtie my CSS files to be ultra-condensed to begin with. It would be great if there was a "disable auto formatting/auto completion check box for CSS files.

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                                          17 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Publish the source code of the F# project plugin for Visual Studio

                                          Similarly to what was done to the compiler, so people can improve the IntelliSense support, add refactorings, etc., instead of asking for those features here

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