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  1. Tag Groups and Tags management

    Currently, the Tags are listed in a never ending list. This causes Tag searching to be a tiresome task if you don't remember it (let's say a year passed).
    Moreover, anyone can create a tag by his or her own volition, which makes the list to fill up with 'garbage' tags.

    A good solution will be to create a Tag group that will answer a criteria and which its visibility could be defined as with projects and such.
    For instance - a Project manager Tag group, Current sprint tag, QA team A' tag, Due date tag etc...
    Preferably, the Tag…

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

      Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please make related files use a single tab in VS and switch between modes by shortcut.

        Having multiple tabs for code, designer generated, and designer visual layout is huge waste of space. The most switches we do are between code and visual layout. Rarely we need to touch designer generated code file. Would be cool to have ability have a single tab for whole set of files and switch between them using keyboard shortcut

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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • make it possible to customize the code coverage for git projects.

          My code coverage currently lists a measly 3%. The reason for this is that two referenced assemblies have symbols (which is a good thing... but this particular side effect isn't).

          I have created both a CodeCoverage.runsettings file and a TestSettings.testsettings file on the solution level (both of them exclude the referenced assemblies with symbols, and the test assembly itself), but I'm unable to reach this when trying to change the run setting of the build configuration to Custom, as outlined here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sudhakan/archive/2012/05/11/customizing-code-coverage-in-visual-studio-11.aspx

          I tried creating a TFVC project called Settings, containing only a CodeCoverage.runsettings file. It was possible to browse…

          2 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support VSWP and half-word access in ARM NEON intrinsics.

            I hit this problem when ported Intel SSE2 code into NEON. Real View compiler intrinsics (which you must have based on) have no support for the VSWP instruction (swap contents of two registers), and neither has the MSVC compiler. Thus, to swap the upper and lower doublewords of a quad, one has to use get-hi + get-lo + compine, or a complex table lookup, or something else equally ugly. I think computationally-intensive Windows Phone targeted code could benefit from explicit half-word access a lot. Just add an extra __m64 hilo[2] field to the __m128 union and make sure that const…

            6 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Internet Explorer as Visual Studio lite

              IE is one good browser...
              What if Microsoft can add more functionality to IE
              IE as browser + Azure based Cloud IDE?

              Let VS be there for corporates
              and Internet Developer be there for general users

              it will benefit the developers for sure

              3 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Be convenient when an assembly cannot be compiled because it is currently used by another process

                Let at least the user know the name of the process holding the assembly, and even better, proposes to the user 1) to see the process Window (set it as foreground) 2) to kill the process.

                8 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bind a generic in compile time if no late binding (e.g. polymorphism) is needed

                  Bind a generic in compile time like a C++ template if no late binding (e.g. for polymorphism) is needed.

                  I think the language compiler can decide that. If a generic is modified with an 'in' or an 'out' modifier then it stills runtime bound, else during compile time.

                  This will open some new features for supporting .net languages(template metaprogramming, Variadic Templates etc.) and a appreciable performance boost.

                  9 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Check in files and keep this files checked out (TSF)

                    the possibility of check in files and keep this files checked out from within the visual studio ide

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                      1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • let C# type inference downcast to a 'common supertype'

                      interface A
                      class B : A
                      class C : A

                      A a = condition ? new B() : new C();

                      Compiler fails because it tries to cast B to C (or was it vice versa?).
                      Daft workarounds: either cast one (or both) of the instances to A, or use an 'if' statement instead of the ternary operator.

                      The two types B and C have a clear 'smallest common supertype' A. So come on MS, how hard can it be to determine the intersection of the class hierarchy of the 'then' and the 'else' branch? Look at the source code of…

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Send backup notification to non TFS Admin users

                        In my environment, the TFS Admin users don't have mailboxes. I'm probably not the only one, since Admin accounts should only be used for Administrative tasks. In the Scheduled Backups I can only configure that TFS Admin users receive notifications if a backup fails or succeeds. Not a regular (mail enabled) user.
                        It would be very nice if I could select different users for receiving backup alerts. Now I have to use a scheduled script that sends the Full_... log every day to me...

                        42 votes
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                          8 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          • for a label's text property, allow a popup to see entire text

                            the text property is rather small. It would be helpfull to popup up a box to see all of the text .

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                            • Change the modeling project structure so it allows a team to work at the same time

                              Visual Studio creates many *.uml files for diagrams in Modeling projects and this often leads to losing an entire diagram content.

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow Custom Folder Ordering in Solution Explorer

                                The alphabetical order of nodes in Solution Explorer doesn't match the way I work. I'd like to be able to drag nodes to a fixed order and have the solution file remember them.

                                For example, I'm currently coding the markup in files within the Administration folder of an ASP.NET site. The VS alphabetical order means Administration sits above App_Code, App_Data and Bin which don't have the same type of content. I'd rather have all folders containing HTML grouped together.

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                                  1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow for easy centralised management of visual studio setting for use in managed environments.

                                  Settings such as source control server, symbol server location, nuget repository location, etc... often are the same for multiple users. It would save a lot of time and also help in dev environment virtualisation scenarios if these settings could be set at insallation time or on a per machine basis.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Code lenses should be toggle or hold to show (or something configurable)

                                    While I applaud the increased visibility of things such as references and test coverage it currently (in VS2013 preview) inlines a smaller sized line of gray text that's interactive. This is more intrusive than I'd like it to be, I do care about the dependencies and tests, but not all the time.

                                    I'd much prefer the annotations to be toggle or hold to show. Like the CodeLens stuff is with the ALT+1,2,3 combinations. On my QWERTY keyboard there's a § symbol to the left of the 1 key (this is not the case on all keyboards) but I'd very much…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Preserve HTML formatting when exporting TFS work items to Outlook

                                      Exporting work items to Outlook is extremely handy. But it's such a shame that the Description HTML field cannot be used to show the nicely formatted HTML.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bring MarkupExtension to WinRT

                                        Inheriting MarkupExtension was sadly missing from WinRT (along with other things but lets not get into that). I have used it to define "aliases" for different styles of bindings to reduce code duplication in xaml. Instead of writing {Binding Path=XYZ, Format={}{0,0.00}, Mode=TwoWay,ValidateOnError=true} everywhere I could make an alias: {b:BindToAmount XYZ}. Achieves less redudancy and clearer semantics.

                                        46 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add LocalDB to Clickonce automatic publishing Prerequisite

                                          We need an easy way to publish an app with LocalDB. Clickonce does not currently support this as an easy prerequisite the same way it does SQL Server Express, or Compact. Developers will likely use LocalDB as a solution more if it was easier to publish. Not everyone is going to be wiling to spend 2- 5 hours researching how to hard code a bootstrap to publish LocalDB when ClickOnce does it with a check box. I think developers like myself will remain resistant to using this until Microsoft makes it easier to publish.

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