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  1. Queued builds double click to single click

    On iOS where double click is not available. It would be good to have some way to open queued builds without double clicking it.

    Completed build has a drop down that allows us to open and view the build.

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    • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

      Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

      Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

      Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

      44 votes
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        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Multi-ecosystem ALM using TFS

        Many of my customers have multiple development targets - Web, iOS, and Java are very common. They want an ALM solution that can easily and seamlessly integrate with all of them, and I have direct experience with them deciding to drop TFS in favor of competitors like Atlassian. If we can provide a guidance, tools, and field presentations to change this trend, it would make a big difference.

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          0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improves appxmainfest to be smarter it is really takes to much time to submit and keep fixing no sense errors, I'll be glad if you did so.

          you can even make some blogs, comperhensive ones that covers the most common errors, thanks.

          3 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow Visual Studio to open folders without a project file

            Much like Sublime Text, Brackets, and now Visual Studio Code, it would be great if Visual Studio 2015 could open a folder for JavaScript projects without a pre-existing project.json file. This would assume no server-side compilation, no IIS Express, but allow all the IDE benefits like Bower intellisense, Task Runner support, Web Essentials, etc.

            I really prefer the experience in VS2015 over all other editors right now, but the requirement of a project file is a dealbreaker when my goal for my team is an unbiased project where they can use any editor. Other editors can have their extra bits…

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              0 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add color to distinguish between running and waiting/blocking threads

              To better distinguish threads in the threads window or parallel stacks window which are either
              - not running (Sleep, WaitForSingleObject, Lock,...)
              - running (other)
              it would be helpful if these threads can either get a different background color or be grouped together.

              This e.g would give a quick hint how the CPU cores are utilized.
              And it makes easier to find threads where happens the interesting stuff.

              Currently you have to open the stacks of each thread.

              It certainly only makes sense when the debugger is paused.

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                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 47 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Schema Compare Settings in Visual Studio 2013

                  Provide a feature for Visual Studio 2013 to choose your schema compare settings such that they will stay after closing Visual Studio 2013 and reopening. This feature already existed in VS2010 through Tools->Options->Database Tools->Schema Compare but does not exist in Visual Studio 2013.

                  I posted a message on the forums asking where this feature was but was told by a Microsoft employee that it doesn't exist and to ask for the feature here. The following is the link to that forum post: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/e65216b8-f7c8-4ec1-b69f-78eddef087f6/setting-schema-compare-settings-in-visual-studio-2013?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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                    0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Please add this code analysis rule

                    Please add a code analysis rule that warns you when you have redefined a variable in a local scope that was already defined at global scope. This has bitten me an embarrassing number of times. You would think that this was something that would have been thought of about 10 minutes after the first IDE came out back in the 1970s, but here I am posting on Microsoft Connect because I just spent 30 minutes debugging this silly mistake that the IDE could not detect.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Generate warning when disposable object isn't wrapped in using()

                      I'd like a warning to be generated when a disposable object is created, but isn't wrapped in a using statement. I'd like the compiler to warn me when I have code like:

                      var sqlConn = new SqlConnection(...);
                      var sqlCommand = new SqlCommand(sqlConn,...);
                      ...
                      var sqlReader = sqlCommand.ExecuteReader();

                      instead of:

                      using(var sqlConn = new SqlConnection(...))
                      {
                      using(var sqlCommand = new SqlCommand(sqlConn,...))
                      {
                      ...
                      using(var sqlReader = sqlCommand.ExecuteReader())
                      {
                      ...
                      }
                      }
                      }

                      6 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Collapse to definitions on XAML with CTRL+M+O like happen on C# code.

                        To collapse nodes in XAML we have to do CTRL+M+M or use the mouse to collapsed eash node.
                        Will be nice to have a shortcut like in the C# editor that collapse all the nodes.

                        3 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bundle InstallAware with Visual Studio 2015

                          With features like one-click App-V build, 64-bit compression, sliding/fading wizard animations, and InstantInstall acceleration technology; InstallAware is the most advanced Win32 setup engine available today.

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                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Cortana API for web applications

                            Right now cortana is available for win phone apps and with windows 10 she'll come to desktops too. But why restrict her to native machines. Unleash her into the internet by providing API to integrate cortana into web applications with asp.net, mvc etc. This way it would change the way web is used. Cortana could be every where and users can browse through applications or look for content even if they don't know the navigation or use any other capabilities that the developer enables. Also that way she could be even an avatar like feature to help users and will…

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                              2 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Offer a Z option for the default Build and Revision of AssemblyInfo.cs

                              [assembly: AssemblyVersion("1.0.*")]

                              Suggest a new option:
                              [assembly: AssemblyVersion("1.0.Z")]

                              A horror story (well ... not that horrible):
                              I had to debug, from the continental US, via TeamViewer, a package in Tonga.
                              I resorted to downloading MSVS Express, copying some source and logging intermediate values.
                              The on-site engineer archived the build and went swimming.
                              For several hours, that build was "newer" than anything put in place, subsequently.
                              Tonga is on the other side of the International Date Line.
                              Essentially, compared to ConUS, Tonga is always "tomorrow."

                              The default Build and Revision facility in AssemblyInfo.cs uses local time. Probably, it should have been…

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Custom Project Order in Visual Studio Solution

                                Add ability to customize project order in Visual Studio solution. Now all projects sorted by name and this behavior cannot be changed via user settings.

                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support For F# Fake Build Tool

                                  Add 2015 TFS build support for F# Fake.

                                  https://github.com/fsharp/FAKE

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Tab Grouping

                                    It would be great if you could group your open tabs into a group base off of what task you are working on.

                                    Most Developers constantly have 100 tabs open of every file They touch. Sometimes people are working on multiple tasks at a single time.

                                    It would be great if you could group your tabs into a drop down of tabs based on your task. So that you can access all of your tabs based on what task your working on.

                                    Multiple files could be put into multiple tabs so if you have the same class file your working…

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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Hide file types in working folder and working with multiple folders

                                      I would like the ability to hide specific file types when working with specific folders. To go along with this it would also be nice to sort by extension as well as alphabetical.

                                      To go along with this it would also be nice to have multiple folders open at once.

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                                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow to disable codelens 'show references'

                                        CodeLens -> 'Show References' checkbox is disabled. Allow uncheck/disable CodeLens show references feature. It disturbs the code line spacing.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Provide a .Net 4.5 version of core Microsoft.ApplicationInsights Package w/o Microsoft.Bcl* dependencies

                                          As described in my post over at the MSDN forums (see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/ef9705c7-bbcf-4af3-af15-bf09ff446960/unnecessary-microsoftbcl-dependency-of-microsoftapplicationinsights-nuget-package?forum=ApplicationInsights), I would like to suggest that the core 'Microsoft.ApplicationInsights' NuGet package gets a separate net45 config it its nuspec that does NOT pull in Microsoft.BCL.Async (and its dependencies).

                                          .Net 4.5 obviously comes with native async/await out of the box and right now the aforementioned net40 only config and its dependency not only causes my .Net 4.5 solution and projects to unnecessarily reference the Microsoft.BCL* packages, but even worse, all referencing projects are required to do the same - when building this occurs for my Test- & Azure…

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                                            1 comment  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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