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Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

Visual studio used to have a kick *** interface. However, everything about the 2012 interface looks.. amateurish.

-The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

-The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face.

-The upper cased menus are screaming at me (try posting on a forum in all caps... see what the response is).

In a nutshell, whoever designed the interface needs to go back to the grade school I'm sure they dropped out of and finish their education. Maybe get a job at a fast food place running a cash register... Because they have zero talent for making a good looking UI.

We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey (or black) is such a step backwards that I can not believe this really passed user testing.

You'll notice that iPhones went from this type of boring UI and changed to using high res displays with lots of good color. You should have also noticed that this was exactly what people wanted.. and they sold like hotcakes.

In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive at worst.

Please, make Visual Studio look good again.

I don't care about metro, or whatever your calling it these days. I figure it'll take 3 years for you to figure out what a mistake that is and fix it. In the meantime, let me keep the Win7 look.

Note, I wouldn't post anything if I didn't care. I do. I want to use the best. This, well, isn't. It's not even a "good effort". Instead, it looks like something that was slapped together at the last minute.

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      • Anonymous22722Anonymous22722 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        And is it all complains, which are soooooo true, or does anyone have a professional solution?
        I cannot use patches and hacks inside secure big business servers

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Without a doubt....they've gone backwards in design instead of forwards. A definite loss in productivity.

      • JoergJoerg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I second that. I can live with the ALL CAPS MENUS. I don't see the point, but I can live with it.

        My main complaint about the VS2012/2013 GUI is the icons being hard to tell apart. It has improved with VS2013, but they are still hard to distinguish. What's wrong with colors? This is a major failure in UI design.

        My second complaint are the TFS related dialogs: "View pending changes" was completely ruined in VS2012 and repaired a bit in VS2013, but still worse than in VS2010.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        3 things: 1) Stop being bullies; 2) Start listening to your customers; and 3) Use common sense!

      • graphicsRatgraphicsRat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear Google, if you are reading this. Please develop a usable C++ IDE. I know you can. Thank you.

      • brianbrian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Maciej Jakub Bańkowski

        I agree with you unfortunately Microsoft is a company that has stopped listening and now appears to be run by marketing people who have absolutely no idea what is right for their users or their business.

        What they have done to the Windows business is well open to a shareholder law suite against the senior management of Microsoft for total and utter incompetence. They had a chance to save the day when the initial reviews of the beta came in - yet they chose to ignore leaving the desk top users lost in a sea of sheer and utter touch mania.

        Same with VS 2013 - refused to listen, ok they tweaked a little but that's all.
        Arrogance is now what Microsoft excels in rather than brilliant products. Just hope their new head is more competent than the last - which does beg the question did he jump or was he pushed....

      • Maciej Jakub BańkowskiMaciej Jakub Bańkowski commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I cling on to VS 2010 and Windows 7 precisely because of the look & feel of the UI.

        I recently installed, was forced to do it really, VS 2013 on Windows 8.1 - I could not find many of the things I use in development, like 'Do I have Management Studio installed? Where is it? How do I search the filesystem? How do I start the SQL Server service? WHY IS VS MENU ALL IN CAPS?

        Thankfully the project was cancelled and I could get back to VS2010+Win7. I really miss and want the new & cool features of .NET 4.5 and VS2013 but I want to be productive more.

        Fix the UI and usability, please.

      • MikeMike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i love VS2008 since then its gone to ****, i keep holding on to 2008 thinking they will see the error of their ways but each new version is worse and worse.
        2008 was the first useful version of .net before that it was not worth upgrading from vs6

      • martinmartin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As VS ide is now WPF how about allowing the user to override the styles? Then we can do what we want with it. Mine would be a green screen with fixed width fonts and a main window frame that looks like an IBM dumb terminal. Then we can all spend half our lives criticising each others ide styles. Success.

        Or I could just learn/setup the keyboard shortcuts for the features I use and then get on with writing some code and ignore what the icons looks like.

        Which one would lead to a more productive programmer?

      • MeMe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The best part of Visual Studio is that ever-so-lovely "Uninstall.EXE" app that comes with the package.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Alex Edelstein - Thanks to you and your 1991 team members for the good work.

        @Microsoft - Why do you even keep this issue open? It's like an anxiety closet where everyone vents off their frustration until they're fighting with one another... or is that the goal?

        Build 2014 has been a huge disappointment. A mickey mouse Start Menu proposal with Metro Tiles, no Aero and no changes to the flat, dull and lifeless color schemes. Actually someone was singing the praises of the great Ribbon interface... whatever.

        And now we get Metro applications that run in... Windows !?!? with icons to close the Windows...

        Vote with your pocket books folks because this - is going nowhere.

      • Alex EdelsteinAlex Edelstein commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm baffled at the general trend towards flat graphics. The amount of information loss is enormous. I remember designing icons as part of the original Microsoft Exchange team in 1991, and we sought for realism and clarity, not dumb pseudo modernism. That attitude would serve Microsoft well today.

      • MartianMartian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please get back old good color icons, now it is practically unusefull. Why do you ignore all voices? Is it still not enough?

      • JenJen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I've been using VS2013 for more than a month and I still find it a really bad experience!! I desperately want to get away from this.

        Is there was an alternative to Visual Studio for C#?? I don't want to re-skill just because the IDE is dreadful.


      • Keith HillKeith Hill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I love the UI as it stands in VS 2013 and especially when compared to VS 2010. If the all caps menu bothers you that much, disable it with this registry setting:

        DWORD: SuppressUppercaseConversion
        Value: 1

      • John HenneseyJohn Hennesey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All the haters aside, the UI for vs 2013 is really hard to get used to. So is windows 8.1. And the upper case... I'm sure it all looks good on a tablet, but who programs on a tablet? Common sense needs to take over, please. :)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't know why Microsoft don't listen to us, we are the ones who are using the system 16 hour everyday. This metro is **** for developers. I installed windows 7 and visual studio 2010 back

      • Christophe KellerChristophe Keller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The icons in VS 2012 are just too hard to understand and don't make sense, just give us the choice to use the efficient icon set of VS 2010.


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