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  1. Use Windows Update to install visual studio redistribuables

    Make sure all runtimes available for a specified platform are installed on every computer are installed and updated by windows update, so both user and developpers will spend less time on this.
    Everytime a dev gives a version to someone and it says "missing msxxxx.dll", we spend some time searching for the right pacjage to download. As they are very small, they can be preinstalled by windows and updated via windows update.
    The extra functionnality would be that if windows detects that "msxxxx.dll" is missing, and looks like a runtime library, it should trigger the installation of the runtime online…

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      0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Always auto-execute query on column sorting.

      If you disable query auto-execution as Beth Massi suggests at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bethmassi/archive/2012/05/29/lightswitch-tips-amp-tricks-on-query-performance.aspx
      you lose the convenience of sorting grid columns. If you wish to sort on some column you have to first click on its head, and then refresh the screen. As far as I know, there is no such an event like grid_sort() exposed where you could programmatically refresh the screen.

      If “Auto Execute Query” property is disabled and you click the sortable column head, refresh automatically i.e. “auto-execute” the query!

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        1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Deployment Agents for non-MS platforms

        Allow non-MS platforms to become a "deployment target" in TFS Release Management. TEE allows Eclipse users to connect to TFS from their IDE, there is the possibility to include non-MS platforms in the build process but there is currently no automated/managed deployment option.

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          1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support for Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling

            http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
            http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

            When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

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              1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • IsNullOrEmptyOrWhiteSpace

              Please implement string.IsNullOrEmptyOrWhitespace instead of making us developers either check for both conditions or writting an extension method that checks for both conditions.

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Stop intellisense from interrupting me, make it work in the background

                I understant that intellisense information for C++ can take time to generate. If intellisense information isn't available, can the IDE just carry on and let me figure out what I'm typing myself. I keep getting interrupted by a dialog saying that it is scanning <X> of <TOTAL> files. And I watch the dialog in pain as the <TOTAL> number goes up. I don't care about that dialog, I just want to type some code in to the editor!

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Click on method to see the source, IL & would-be JIT/compiled assembly code side by side

                  http://joeduffyblog.com/2010/09/06/the-premature-optimization-is-evil-myth/

                  "A colleague of mine used to call C a WYWIWYG language—"what you write is what you get"—wherein each line of code roughly mapped one-to-one, in a self-evident way, with a corresponding handful of assembly instructions. This is a stark contrast to C#, wherein a single line of code can allocate many objects and have an impact to the surrounding code by introducing numerous silent indirections. For this reason alone, understanding what things cost and paying attention to them is admittedly more difficult – and arguably more important – in C# than it was back in the good ole’ C…

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                    1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • TF 2013 View With back into top of menu, not tucked away in Advanced menu

                    In v. 2010, when you right-click a file you used to have VIEW and then VIEW WITH...
                    Now VIEW WITH is tucked away at the bottom of the menu in 2013, and inside another menu. Bring it back out please?

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                    • Visual Studios is Bad.

                      It is a scrub of a program and Microsoft should be sacked for making such a piece of garbage.

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                        0 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Unity ParameterOverride

                        Unity parameter overrides should return an error if parameter names dont match actual parameters. Two days stress before I spotted it.

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                          0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow adding tiles with multiple apps or groups of apps (session per day etc)

                          Allow adding tiles with multiple apps or groups of apps (session per day etc)

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                            1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • My Project window contrasts in dark color scheme

                            When you change the color scheme to dark, the window should change as well, instead of remaining light gray and blue.

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add support for .NET Micro Framework to MSVS 2013

                              My Thesis on .NET MF. Currently I am using Visual Studio 2013. I want to be able to work on not 2013 instead of being forced to have 2012 instead. It is vital for me.

                              204 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Stop replacing absolute file paths in csproj with relative ones

                                If I add a project reference or link to a file to compile then don't break the absolute path I manually put there with a relative one that breaks.

                                If the IDE adds it as a relative link then I'm ok with that as long as it respects my change if I choose to update the link. Or make it an option when the IDE generates the path.

                                VS2012. Please comment if it is fixed in vs 2013

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Include Visal Basic on .NET Native

                                  Please do not forget Visual Basic when making .NET Native! C# being the most popular language on Windows Store doesn't mean we must be forgotten. :(

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Ability to move the objects in the uimap.uitest from one parent control to other

                                    At the moment uimap.uitest doest not have the ability to move the control to a different parent , having this would be useful when the object hirerachy in the application is changed

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                                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide Forms Authentication for Team Foundation Server

                                      One of the major difficulties of deploying Team Foundation Server to a workgroup installation is that TFS is dependent on Active Directory domain user accounts to work. Therefore, TFS cannot be deployed in a distributed workgroup environment because of this dependency. However, alternative source control providers such as Sourcegear Vault do not have such limitations and therefore can support Forms Authentication for authorizing users to access source control. Team Foundation Server should adopt a similar model to support Forms Authentication be able to support more distributed deployments and decouple the dependency on Active Directory. This will enable much more Internet…

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                                      • Add and assembly attribute for the compiler to bypass null reference exception.

                                        Like in Objective C, when you access a method or property from null, nothing happens, instead of raising an exception.

                                        Actual scenario:
                                        string temp = null;
                                        var type = temp.getType(); <- null reference exception is raised

                                        Proposed scenario:
                                        string temp = null;
                                        var type = temp.getType(); <- nothing happens, go to the next instruction, type variable will also be null

                                        In basic terms, null.something returns null instead of raising an exception.

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                                          1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • RegularExpression in SearchProperties

                                          Hi!

                                          I write an example which shows what i mean.
                                          I would like to find a window which has got a title with dynamic content.
                                          For example the next titles are the possible cases:
                                          1. "AAAAAAAA This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end"
                                          2. "BBBBBBBB This is a window title WSDWSDWSD and this is the end too"
                                          3. "CCCCCCCC This is a window title ASDASDASD and this is the end or not"
                                          4. "........ This is a window title ASDASDASD"

                                          I would like to find the 2. title.
                                          If i could use regex, i use the…

                                          31 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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