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  1. Allow board swimlanes to be customized programmatically

    The requirements backlog board and task kanban board can enter into an invalid state if the bug WIT is added to the backlog (see the end of this article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj920163.aspx) and also when the workflow states for bug/requirement WITs are customised. I have to manually configure the column configuration to resolve this which is not ideal.

    I would like to be able to better define the configuration of the board columns via the process configuration files and/or via an API that I can use from a Powershell script for example.

    This will remove the need to manually configure the…

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    • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

      We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

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        1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons to Visual Studio

        You don't need to improve adding some colors to icons. You already have full-color icons from VS2010. Please give us a theme option to use VS2010's full-color icons. VS2013 is still hurts our eyes.

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          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Exclude time spent on Azure Cloud Service deployment from Visual Studio Online build minutes

          At the moment, I am developing an Azure Cloud Service, hosted in Visual Studio Online and configured for Continuous Deployment.

          During one build, the time spent generally amounts to around 1 minute for the actual building of the solution and 7 minutes for deploying it to Azure.

          Having to use 700% more build minutes just because Azure deployments are slow seems unfair to me as a Visual Studio Online customer. I suggest you exclude the Azure deployment time from the build minutes cost, to make this a more attractive feature to use.

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            0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging

            As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
            This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

            One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

            Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

            63 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use absolute time in build results

              Throughout team explorer and TWA, relative time is used (e.g. 2.5 hours ago). This makes it difficult to correlate diagnosis of intermittent build errors and other transient effects (Azure / other system outages etc.)

              An example of this came up recently where a Microsoft support engineer asked for a specific timestamp of a failing build. The easiest way to get an accurate timestamp was to find the build status notification in hipchat.

              It would be nice if this information was easily available in the UI in both UTC and local, but I'd settle for either of these rather than just…

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make intellisense type aware

                Say I have a method
                Sub MoveFile(File as Fileinfo)
                ....
                End Sub

                When i call that method why does intellisense suggest objects that aren't FileInfo objects?
                The compile knows its expecting a FileInfo object and will throw me an error if I pass an Int but intellisense is quite happy to suggest a boolean primitive.

                If you made intellisense only suggest objects of suitable types for methods(and overloads) sorted with objects from the current block then method then class, most of the time the correct one would be top 3.

                Tim

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow the column headings on the Task Board to remin visible as we scroll down the screen.

                  In TFS 2013, we are working on many User Stories in each sprint. When we scroll down to see the stories and their tasks, we lose the column headings, so we don't know which state each task is in.

                  How do I freeze the screen so the headings are always displays no matter how far I scroll down?

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                  • Item templates provide custom Solution Explorer icons

                    I have a custom editor for a file type hosted in Visual Studio. I want it to display with a custom icon in Solution Explorer. I can create an item template for it, but the custom icon only shows up in the Add New file dialog, not the Solution Explorer.

                    Seems like something anyone creating a custom editor package / item template would want to do. In fact, having researched this, there are lots of people who tried and failed to do this.

                    I know I could set the custom icon in a project template, but I don't need a…

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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Report designer really needs to handle page breaks for Duplex printing. I suggest you add the option "Add Break on Even Pages When Duplexin

                      Report designer really needs to handle page breaks for Duplex printing. I suggest you add the option "Add Break on Even Pages When Duplexing" in Group Breaks in Reports. A large number of printers now support duplexing and this option is critical for business printing. The only other option for duplexed reports is to write as a document and handle in code or use 3rd Party report writer. Neither option is really a good one, Hard verses lots of money for small business or individuals. And we all want to save Trees :).

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                        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support Ribbon for WPF

                        Inner support Ribbon Design for WPF

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                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Typed DataSet Comments

                          Add XSD properties to allow Strongly Typed DataSets to add Summary comments when classes are generated.

                          It is not possible to describe fields.
                          I use VisualStudio 2010 autogenerated XML documentation to provide Library information for third-party companies that uses our DLLs.

                          It would be wonderful to have that!

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                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Visual Studio Online "Backlog items to Tasks" view...keep the "Order" column on the left. Switch from Backlogs view hard to find BL items.

                              When using Visual Studio online to review/edit the backlog in the default "Backlogs item" view there is an "Order" column on the left which is great. But I often switch to the "Backlog items to Tasks" view to review tasks for BL items but the "Order" column disappears making it hard to find items that I was just looking at the Backlog items view.

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                              • Wrong translation of backlog into French

                                The current translation of "backlog" into french is "journal des travaux en souffrance" however it has no meaning (especially the "souffrance" part that would mean "suffering") and gave me a hard time understanding what it is.

                                A better translation would be "travaux en cours".

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Generate Web Performance Test Result in readable format (word, text) that make the documentation easier.

                                  We can have an option to generate a test result/report of the web performance testing result or even load test result to a format that can be documented for example the text file, note, or even Microsoft's own Microsoft Words.

                                  3 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add Check/IF Activity in Release Template

                                    It should be possible to check a condition before executing a release activity. For example to check if a website exits before removing a website or check for a folder before deleting the folder.

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                                      7 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Map Kanban board Pseudo-states to Work Item State AND Reason

                                      The Kanban board allows teams to map pseudo-states to work item states but sets reason to the default value. This defeats the purpose of having multiple reasons for a given state transition. The Kanban board should map to both work item state and reason since it is the combination of these 2 fields that describe the status of the work item.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Combine multiple checkins for Code Review

                                        Usually, my team do code review after a user story is completed. This may involve multiple checkins. Each checkin has new or updated file changes. It would be a lot easier if I can combine multiple checkins, and when user compare the file, it will pick the origin (before any checkin) and the latest (combined all of the checkin) when doing code comparison.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export test results with different configurations to an excel sheet in MTM 2013

                                          Exporting test results with multiple configuration to an excel sheet would be useful to view same test case result for different configuration

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