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  1. allow multiple complete state mappings in TFS

    In TFS 2012, you were able to map work item complete states (i.e. Product Backlog Items) to more than one state. Your velocity chart values would then be calculated from items that had reached the target complete state.

    This allowed us to essentially say a PBI was complete from a development perspective when it had been passed over to QA (since for all intents and purposes that is true).

    Now we have to map the complete state to Live only. Since we sometimes have sprints where items may not go live until the next sprint, this is really skewing our…

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    • Add System.Diagnostics.Process or somthing similar for Windows Store Apps

      I am porting an app written for windows desktop which uses the System.Diagnostics.Process to start Photoshop with an image of choice. I have achieved this in my Windows Store version using the Windows.Storage.Search.QueryOptions and the Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchFileAsy method then I watch the folder for any changes, unfortunately this only watches the folder and if Photoshop is closed without saving the file to the watched folder there is no way to find this out within the program unlike the Process api.

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        0 comments  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • customize "search work items" query

        The current "search work items" text box (in web access & visual studio) searches for the given text in fixed fields (Title, Description, Repro steps).

        However I would like to customize that to add the (in our case) "Description HTML" field. Since our work items still use that field (from previous version of TFS).
        Further I could imagine adding an custom TFS field and also be able to default search in that field.

        (BTW I know about the possiblities described here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc668120.aspx for searching for custom fields, but that is too complex for simply searching for a piece of text)

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        • stop highlighting html source code when an object in design view is selected because this costs me a lot of time trying to re-find my place

          Losing one's place in code (incl javascript) is dangerous and time consuming. I cannot imagine anyone wanting source code scrolled to and highlighted just because they selected or modified an object in design view.

          If you must have this then I'm pretty sure a right click choice on objects in design view to "highlight in source code" would suffice.

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            0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • for visual studio, when clicking on a if then bracket, all brackets should be highlighted not just the bottom

            when clicking on a bracket of a IF THEN statement, all 4 brackets should be hightlighted not just 2 of the 4 brackets..

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              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to filter the Task Board by Work Item Type

              Often I'd like to see I high level view of Bugs and CRs on my Task Board without Tasks. May sound a little backward, but my Template is customised to show Bugs and CRs on the task board. They show up in different colours, but if I could hide all the tasks it would give a great view of the state of Bugs and CRs in a particular Requirement (I'm using CMMI based template)

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              • Global Lists : Is there a way to create alerts when new Global Lists are created

                Is there a way to create alerts when new Global Lists are created/changed/removed?

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                  0 comments  ·  Windows Workflow Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • associated testautomation for a shared step

                  the reuse of Shared Steps makes it very easy to create testcases fast and easy. Also the maintenance can be done at one place.

                  Unfortunately, now it is not possible to attach a codedUI script to a shared stap. This would be very handy becuase an automated testscript is then also created when using the Shared Steps.

                  Also, it should be possible to attach a datafile to the corresponding shared step which has been automated. the test (which is working within testmanager) then only have to select the appropriate testdata row when reusing the shared steps.

                  Advantages:
                  - The technical…

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                    0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Format CSS without blank lines between rules

                    If I choose either "expanded" or "semi-expanded" for my "Brace positions" setting, Visual Studio adds an empty line between each rule definition. I'd prefer to have no blank lines between rules. Please add an option to omit the extra line breaks when formatting CSS.

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                      0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow full screen view of user stories in visual studio online

                      Allow full screen view of user stories in visual studio online

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                      • New method in string class, IsNotNullOrEmpty()

                        We now have the method IsNullOrEmpty that returns true if the string is null or empty, but sometimes we need to check if string is NOT null or empty, and than the code looks like if (!"string".IsNullOrEmpty()). I think that a method that check if string IS NOT null or empty looks much better. if("string".IsNotNullOrEmpty)

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Change Burndown chart axis to show progress on the first day

                          The burndown chart does not convey the correct progress information on the first day. This is particularly noticeable if you use a 1 week sprint (Mon-Fri) and the work completed on Monday doesn't appear until Tues. This seems to be because the first day (Monday) is right at the origin of the axis and so there are only divisions for 5 working days. Setting the sprint to start on a Sunday shows the information but makes it look like the work has been done on a Sunday (see images attached).

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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Any Output window content to be auto saved in a file

                            Allow output window contents to be automatically saved to a specified file, options: append, overwrite per operation

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                              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Source Expansion Function

                              Source Expansion of Functions, variables, values
                              - refactoring of code paths by having fully expanded code dump across classes, structures, preprocessor macros etc.

                              Function (A calls B calls C):
                              Expanded Codepath associated with A until B is called, the code in B until C is called. Expansion levels: 1..x or as by Call Hierarchy

                              Variable a, b:
                              Listing of symbolic assignments in current file, project, group or entire solution

                              Values x, y:
                              Listing of contant assignments in current file, project, Group or entire solution

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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • fsx-scripts: #r - reference nuget packages

                                When all the packages updates, I have to manually update all the references:

                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Security.Facebook.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Security.Facebook.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Security.MicrosoftAccount.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Security.MicrosoftAccount.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Security.Google.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Security.Google.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Hosting.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Hosting.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Diagnostics.2.1.0/lib/net40/Microsoft.Owin.Diagnostics.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Security.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Security.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.StaticFiles.2.1.0/lib/net40/Microsoft.Owin.StaticFiles.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.FileSystems.2.1.0/lib/net40/Microsoft.Owin.FileSystems.dll"
                                #r "../packages/Microsoft.Owin.Host.HttpListener.2.1.0/lib/net45/Microsoft.Owin.Host.HttpListener.dll"

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                                  0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • In team foundation service I miss the option to set working days for team members

                                    In team foundation service I miss the option to set working days for team members

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                                    • Make readable German documentation and help files

                                      Most of the documentation and help of the German VS 2012 is produced by automatic translation tools and therefore often worthless.
                                      If I spend so much money for a program, I would expect a perfect language support!

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                                        0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Reactivate the editor macro feature

                                        MSVC 6.0 had a nice possibility to write editor macros using VB script. VS 2012 does not have this feature and I had to spend days to transform my macros into plugins, which are much more difficult to change than a simple VB script.

                                        It seems, you do not know, what your customers like and need to work efficently.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • allow continuous deployment of multiple cloud apps from a single solution

                                          Allow continuous deployment of multiple cloud app development projects from a single solution

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