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  1. Use Desktop Toast Notifications

    Use toast notifications to exploit this feature of Windows 8:

    Submit desktop notifications such as when:

    I was assigned a task or work item.
    Amending or updating a task or work item assigned to me.
    You have reached the deadline to complete a task
    etc ...

    48 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Update WPF to use Direct2D for rendering instead of Direct3D 9

      WPF currently uses Direct3D 9 for rendering. This is because WPF was designed when it had to run on XP. Today, all platforms that WPF runs on have Direct2D support. Direct2D has vastly superior rendering performance compared to WPF's current Direct3d-based rendering.
      It would thus make excellent sense to migrate to using Direct2D for rendering. As rendering is pretty abstract in WPF, this could probably be done with little to no impact on compatibility, but with HUGE performance benefits. Watch some of the comparisons between Direct2D and WPF.

      15 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

        When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
        If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

        This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

        16 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Create a new project type for the front-end projects (SPAs)

          SPA is becoming a new trend in web development, but Visual Studio doesn't yet support splitting web applications into two separate projects - one for the front-end (Angular, Ember, React etc.), and another one - backend code (ASP.NET Web API, SignalR etc.), yet allowing to build and run them as a single web application. The directory layout you are currently enforce to use is not suitable for SPA applications. That is one of the reasons why many web developers switch from ASP.NET development to GO and other technologies.

          It would be nice if VIsual Studio would support a directory layout…

          9 votes
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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Have a version of Windows.h that doesn't define macros

            From time to time I run into a collision between code and macros defined in Windows.h. The macros cause unintentional expansion of parts of my code or third party code and when they do waste a lot of time in trying to find workarounds.

            Please introduce a WindowsWithoutMacros.h that defines the Win32 API, but uses proper C++ functions instead of macros. I'm sure for all the functions ending XXXW or XXXA some inline functions could wrap the dispatching.... well, I'll leave the implementation to you. There must be better ways than the current macro mess.

            9 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow XML namespace imports to be declared at a project level rather than redeclared in every single file

              Please, allow XML namespace imports to be declared at a project level rather than redeclared in every single file

              8 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow users to generate bugs on Tests impact

                I would like to see how many Tests are impacted by particular bug to decide about the fixing priority.

                15 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Create more complete documentation for LightSwitch (especially for the HTML Client).

                  Firstly - I want to say that LightSwitch is a super-powerful framework, and I think that what it can do out of the box is nothing short of miraculous. However, we (LightSwitch Developers) could use much more complete documentation for the LightSwitch APIs and frameworks (particularly, but not limited to the HTML Client API).

                  While Beth Massi's videos are a useful starting point, and blog posts from Joe Binder and others in the team provide some useful samples for specific use cases, there is a dearth of explanatory/reference content that a 100-level developer can use to step their way up…

                  17 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Automatically break on NullReferenceException and other core exceptions.

                    It would be nice to be able to debug/inspect the moment these errors happen, instead of having to reproduce the circumstances where the error occurred again, and with carefully placed breakpoints installed etc.

                    24 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Link tool resources to TFS

                      We use several custom scripts as resources to our own tool. Keeping track of the changes to these scripts requires us to put them in TFS, but then those scripts need to be updated in Release Management. This becomes a maintenance nightmare. It would be extremely helpful to have the option to make a resource a link to an item in TFS.

                      During the deployment process, linked resources should then be downloaded to guarantee that the latest version of the resource is used.

                      19 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • High Performance line graph control based on Dynamic Data Display

                        Support for a high performance line graph control based on (or similar to) the Microsoft Research Project Dynamic Data Display (http://dynamicdatadisplay.codeplex.com/). Dynamic Data DIsplay is great but work on this project appears to have stopped.

                        402 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support XAML2009 Throughout

                          Generic types etc.

                          328 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Asp.net vNext Hybrid application

                            If one created Asp.net Vnext application that application should work on browsers as well as a native app in Mobile Platforms.

                            Deployment should allow to deploy into Mobile Stores as well as to IIS along with Azure

                            So business can develop and invest on one application development.

                            31 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • When plugins slow down VS startup time state which plugin is causing the problem

                              When Visual Studio has plugins like NCrunch or Resharper installed. Startup times are affected on some pc's.

                              If it is taking a very long time to load, VS should state which plugin is causing the problem and clear the package cache and give option to disable anything that is locking up the solution.

                              18 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Fakes available with Visual Studio Professional Subscription

                                Fakes and Shims are only useful if every developer in the team is able to use it to enhance their unit tests. Limiting its availability to just Architects and Senior developers (who usually have Premium or Ultimate level subscriptions) sounds like such a bad idea. This is killing the power of such potentially amazing tool! Please consider this.

                                Thanks.

                                29 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  MSDN  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add syntax highlighting and Intellisense for .shader formats in VSTU

                                  It would be great to get some of that hybrid language used in Unity for shader development to get some Intellisense and syntax highlighting...

                                  59 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Hi!

                                    Thanks for your suggestion! That’s something that we’re working on and that you can try today with the Visual Studio 2015 Preview along with the Visual Studio Tools for Unity 2.0 Preview.

                                    Jb Evain, Senior SDE Lead, Tools for Unity.

                                  • Boolean coercion in c#

                                    Can't believe this isn't a request already, but probably my biggest annoyance.

                                    I really should be able to do

                                    if(someObj)
                                    someObj.Something();

                                    rather than having to do

                                    if(!Object.ReferenceEquals(null, someObj))
                                    someObj.Something();

                                    It doesn't have to do full javascript-style coercion (though extensiblity would be swell), just a simple != null check would cover 99% of scenarios.

                                    18 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Visual Studio Tools for Unity available por Visual Studio Express

                                      I see MS has recently released Visual Studio Tools for Unity for VS2013... but it seems to work only for Pro and above versions. Is it possible (or even planned) to be released for VS Express?

                                      63 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Set the default namespace of generated Unity projects

                                        The default namespace which is set in a project file is erased each time the projects are re-generated.

                                        It is used e.g. for ReSharper code generation and clean up steps, so a correct default namespace is really useful and it would be great if it could be set in the UnityVS configuration.

                                        9 votes
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                                          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Remove orphan build agent directories when a build configuration is deleted.

                                          When a build is ran, it creates a directory on the build agent. If you delete the build, it does not delete the directory that was created on the build servers. If a build is deleted, the corresponding directories should be deleted on the build server.

                                          10 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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