Provide better out-of-the-box code comparison tool
When performing code comparisons from within Visual Studio, the default code comparison tool is still the original source code comparison tool that shipped with Visual SourceSafe. Instead, a more sophisticated and modern code comparison tool should be shipped out-of-the-box with Visual Studio rather than having to resort to 3rd party comparison tools such as Beyond Compare.
Junior Mayhe commented
Wow, if VS could make comparison just like Winmerge, allowing us to compare two files, would be really nice.
One other nit to pick... if I resize the compare window to take better advantage of available screen real estate, please have it *remember* the size I last sized it to. The current tool always reverts back to its default window size.
Just as long as the new comparison tool isn't overly-complex and makes things as easy or easier to visually-compare as the current venerable tool. There have been a LOT of attempts at making visual comparers over the years and the old crusty VSS/TFS tool is still a clearer compare than many many of those subsequent attempts. One thing though that is obvious is it should support right-click copy.. the current one does support Ctrl+C copy but anything that supports Ctrl+C should also support right-click context menu copy.
Please take a look at Meld and P4Merge as examples. Both of these are simple and allow for easy to understand yet powerful 2 and 3 way diff/merge.
William F. Cook commented
You should look at the perforce merge tool p4merge. It's interface doesn't rely on memorizing the meaning of a dozen colors, and as a result is not only easy to on the eyes but also provides a lot of easy-to-grasp information at a glance.