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  1. Organize project XML files to reduce 3-way merge conflicts

    If the project XML file contents were simply ordered, for instance alphabetically like a default file system view, it would drastically reduce the number of merge conflicts that edits cause.

    Currently we see items added at the same spot in the file (so there is SOME order happening) with no relation other than time, causing a merge conflict that's completely avoidable. If an order was applied, it would make most 3-way merges automatic and/or a lot less work.

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      12 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • USB remote device debugging for Windows Store

      The Windows Phone has a much better remote debugging experience, compared to Windows Store apps.

      Using the remote tools is problematic on some networks with some wireless hubs. I've seen problems myself and on forums with not being able to remotely run a Windows Store app or even ping the device connected via, for example, a BT Home Hub 3.0.

      WiFi is a flaky technology, I think a wired alternative is needed and get rid of the need to install and run the Remote Tools.

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        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Expand the functionality of the "reassign" approval tool

        The "Reassign" tool is currently very limited -- you can reassign an approval to anyone, regardless of their suitability to actually perform an approval for a step/stage, and this cannot be disabled. This has the potential to lead to things being inappropriately reassigned and getting a release into a "stuck" state.

        The tool should be redesigned so that you can define, for a given step, which group(s)/users are valid reassignment targets. If no potential reassignment targets are defined, then you should not be able to reassign an approval.

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          0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add 'Apps for Office project template' from VS Pro to VS Express Web, so it supports Office app debugging, since Office apps are HTML5 in

          Add 'Apps for Office project template' from VS Pro to VS Express Web, so it supports Office app debugging, since Office apps are HTML5 in the task pane.
          Have to buy VS Pro now, for HTML5 work, is too expensive.
          Convergence of web and Office apps; why Office app development excluded from VS Express?

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            1 comment  ·  Office/SharePoint  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a standard WPF Project type for F#

            I have heard that you can do WPF in F#. I have even seen downloadable project extensions for it. Aside from being buggy, they were not as fully featured as their C# counterpart, particularly for the designer.

            If F# is really a first-class citizen in the .NET world, then it needs to be treated like it. It needs to have a Microsoft standard F# WPF template that works and is fully functional out of the box, just the same as its C# counterpart.

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Creation of Work Items w/o a Paid VS Online Subscription

              In order to have any shot of taking on the likes of JIRA for work item/issue management, you absolutely need to provide a way for the clients of companies (stakeholders) to create work items and give feedback without requiring them to have a paid Visual Studio Online subscription. This is a showstopper for my company and I'm sure many others (probably thousands).

              Please add this and add it quickly so that we can avoid having to use the likes of JIRA because it costs less (not my decision).

              Thanks for making a great product that I /want/ to use (if…

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              • Allow storing of a name-value pair in TFS drop-down lists

                Currently to have a drop-down list of display-friendly names for things like Release Milestones, TFS requires you to store strings and setup allowed values. In this case, when a particular Release Milestone has its name changed (which is a business requirement for us), every work item with the old name must be updated. This destroys historical reporting capability, because now the old name has to be remembered and a report run against the old name and another report run against the new name to have a full historical report. Multiple renames later, users can no longer effectively perform historical queries…

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                • Add to the help information on how to change default font in MTM Test Manager

                  I cannot find anywhere online where to change the default font that appears in MTM - Plan. Is it set in a template on TFS? Please add this somewhere so that users can find this info easily. Thank you.

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                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • "release management"

                    Release management: The ability to call a release template from another template or the ability to have sub templates.

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                      0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Bug: Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension-VS/2013

                      The 'preview' release has a bug. When used with C++/CLI projects the 'Primary Output from Project' file system object no longer see's the executable. In 2010 this object shows the executable (in the 'Outputs' context menu dialog) and allows a shortcut to the executable to be created (also via the context menu). Without a shortcut to the primary output you can't use the installer to add a item to user's desktop or user's program menu folder.

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                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add touch and pen input detection to Blend

                        Using Blend it would be nice if we didn't have to hold down the space bar when using using our fingers to move around the map.

                        It would also be nice if when using a Wacom pen device we could simply draw on the blend canvas.

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                          0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • please provide a method: GC.SetGeneration()

                            we can use GC.GetGeneration() to know the generation of an object, but we can't set it. I think if we can set it, we will have more chance to optimize our program. For example, in many cases, we know an object will never be used, if we can set its generation to be zero, then the object may be collected more quickly. Even if we use it wrongly, it will not cause serious problems.

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a single-keystroke Class Hierarchy browser

                              When working with complex systems that have a few levels of inheritance, it would be nice to have a single-keystroke method to browse a class hierarchy. Similar to the Navigate-To function (Ctrl-comma), when the cursor is within a class have a keystroke that will show the class hierarchy of the current class, including both ancestors and descendents, and have the cursor start on the current class within that tree. Then we could easily navigate to any ancestor or descendent by just clicking the related class. Siblings would not automatically show descendents to keep the interface cleaner, but allow clicking a…

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                                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Start Making VB and C# closer to each other.

                                Start Making VB and C# closer to each other in every future versions.
                                And finally merge them in 5 or 6 versions from now. (when the differences will be almost nothing)

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                                  4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide a way to center the text editor

                                    In Visual Studio 2013, the text editor is either on the left side or the right side of the screen. This makes it awkward to write code because your head has to be slightly turned all the time to look at to the side.

                                    I suggest you provide a way to center the text editor or make it a separate window.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • IntelliSense Quick Info sensitivity to documentation commands such as Doxygen commands

                                      It would be nice to improve the IntelliSense Quick Info to show more structured info when documentation commands such as Doxygen commands are included in the descriptive comments.

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                                      • Offline Storage or Local database for Lightswitch HTML5 apps

                                        The VS LightSwitch HTML5 Client should have a way to store data on the device or laptop when it is offline using SqlLite or XML or any other db.

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                                          3 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Show user remaining time in the Board

                                          When planning you work with the board.
                                          It will be useful to show the remaining time of the user, this way you don't need to the capacity tab every time you need to know how much time has left for that user. In addition you can add a button to add all remaining time to the last task assigned to the user...

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