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  1. Make login screen responsive

    I'm working on a mobile app that consumes the Visual Studio Online rest api. For authentication I use OAuth. I use the WebAuthenticationBroker that is in Windows framework for OAuth authentication but the VIsual Studio login page doesn't fit nice. Need to scroll a lot for no good reason. Please make the login screen fit

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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow "commenting out" activities

      The base Activity class should have an IsEnabled property. If true at design time, the WF designer should "gray out" the Activity. If true at runtime, this should cause the activity to bypass execution.

      This would be very useful for debugging - the WF equivalent of commenting out code.

      20 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Show a triggered CI build directly after checking in pending changes

        If you have a TFS project with a configured CI build that automatically triggers on a new check-in, it would be nice if you could see a link to the running build directly on the "Pending Changes" page in Team Explorer. Right now you have to switch over to the "Builds" page and you will see the newly triggered build under "My builds".

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        • Update Online Documentation for TFS 2013 Work Item Workflows

          There used to be some handy online end-user workflow (state transition) diagrams for each of the TFS 2012 Work Item Types e.g.
          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee332491(v=vs.110).aspx

          However, the Workflows don't appear to have been published for TFS 2013 on the equivalent page e.g.
          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee332488.aspx

          There appears to be some significant changes based on the following link (see the diagrams for one Work Item type at the end of the page):
          http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh697436.aspx
          Unfortunately the page doesn't show Workflow diagrams for all Work Item Types for all Process Templates.

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          • Please provide NT Service monitoring

            Please provide NT Service monitoring

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              5 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • fix the broken download of VS2013 pro ISO. Craps out at 4gb! Tried 6 times w/30mbaud connection

              fix the broken download os VS2013pro ISO. Craps out at 4gb. Tried six times w/30mbaud connection!

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Alerts - x locations failed - but which ones?

                It's good it says 2 failed locations at 30/06/2014 16:11:20 but sometimes when multiple locations fail at the same time it's very hard to see which locations they were in the Availabilty reports. You can only hover your mouse over the X, but when 5 fail at the same time there are 5 X's practically on top of each other. It would be good if in the text it said the location names as well as how many failures there were e.g.

                2 failed locations at 30/06/2014 16:11:2
                Dublin, Australia

                And to have this in the Alerts text would be…

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                  1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Ability to customize components of Visual Studio Express installer to download to reduce file size bloat

                  I have noticed the exponential increase in file size of Visual Studio installers since 2005. Even recently, I have witnessed ~1 GB increase in file size of Visual Studio Express 2013 installer with the inclusion of Update 2. It's unreasonable to waste bandwidth, time and disk space downloading components that will be of no use to my projects.

                  As such, I believe it would be more reasonable if Microsoft will allow the selection of components that one wishes to include in the installer before download. Like this:

                  =====================================
                  Select components to include in the installer:
                  [/] Core installation files (required) …

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                    0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow me to create a file with a .mobile extension

                    ASP.Net supports the [filename].Mobile.cshtml file format that will load if the user is running on a mobile device. However, Visual Studio will not allow you to create a new cshtml file with a .mobile extension. I have to create the file, then rename it. If nothing else, provide a checkbox that says "This is a mobile page".

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Export code clone report in html or excel format

                      Code clone is very interesting feature for a code review.
                      It would be extremely useful if we will can export analysis results in human readable format.
                      Our outsources usually have no ultimate version of visual studio and its hard for them to fix all issues of code cloning.

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                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Save and compare 2 code clone analysis results

                        We using code clone feature for code review after our outsources.
                        It will be useful if we will can save code clone analysis results and after some time build new report and compare the results.

                        Now it's complicated recognize was issues from the previous review was really fixed or not.

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                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Continue to improve the Pending Changes window in 2013

                          The pending changes window is much improved from 2012, but still not as functional as 2010. A few items:
                          - The "extra" stuff at the top takes up too much real estate, even when collapsed. On a laptop screen I have to use 1/3 of my screen to even get to the file list.
                          - Please bring the checkboxes back, or find some other way to let us include/exclude files using the keyboard. We are still developers, after all. The mouse is not our forte.
                          - When a work item is associated (not resolved) with a checkin, it would be…

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                          • allow developers to prevent automatic rebuilds when executing unit tests in the IDE

                            When I'm trying to work out what is going on with a failing unit test, I find myself infuriated when I re-run a unit test without changing code, only to find that my IDE decides it's time for a full recompile. It would be excellent if I could choose to own the responsibility of ensuring that my code is suitably compiled with some setting within the IDE

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add a CalendarWeekRule for ISO 8601

                              As you know a lot of countrys in Europe use the week numbering based on ISO 8601. Currently no CalendarWeekRule is matching this (as described in your documentation and also posted a work around here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/shawnste/archive/2006/01/24/iso-8601-week-of-year-format-in-microsoft-net.aspx).

                              However controls which doesn't check this and implement custom algorithms and only use the CalendarWeekRule will always calculate wrong week numbers.

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                                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • make tasks stackable or collapseable

                                make tasks stackable or collapseable. we cannot see the tasks in progress or all user stories.

                                the board does not create visibility.

                                This is one of the major scrum principles, and the board completely misses that point.

                                3 votes
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                                • Please provide SQL monitoring

                                  Please provide SQL monitoring

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                                    2 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add support for expanded context menu items.

                                    Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations in Portable Class Libraries

                                      Entity classes should be the linchpin of any application, no matter what platform your application is built on.

                                      Therefore, it would be nice if entity classes could be defined in a single portable class library and reused on multiple platforms. To that end, it's imperative to allow System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations namespace to be used in PCLs since attributes contained therein are used for data validation in multiple frameworks.

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Bring Back TechNet!

                                        Loss of Technet will leave a lot of individuals out in the IT cold. Bring it back, please!

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                                        • TFS/Visual Studio Online - Collaborative Touch Experience

                                          Add collaborative editing and touch capability similar to http://www.eteoboard.de/

                                          to support stand up meetings.

                                          Their UI is very slick but is tied to a costly touch board.

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