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  1. Completely rework the RichTextBox control (make it fast, extensible, capable of handling large text)

    - fast to initialize and load
    - stellar performance (this is the most important part)
    - able to handle large amounts of rich-text
    - provide an auto-size feature
    - better support for spell checking
    - either add support for image editing, bullet points and tables or make it extensible so we can implement it ourselves

    I imagine a lot can be taken from the VS2010 editor or AvalonEdit.

    209 votes
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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • First-class Immediate Mode Graphics Support (Direct2D)

      WPF's retained-mode graphics system is great for controls and is probably all you need if you are developing database forms applications. But there are classes of applications, particularly data-driven visualization apps, for which the overhead of retained mode makes it unusable. The current alternative of using WriteableBitmap is an okay workaround, but there are still many challenges, such as synchronizing your bitmap updates with WPF's rendering cycle. WPF v.next should be canning support for XP, so it can move to DX10 and so be on par with Direct2D/DirectWrite. WPF with first class support for immediate-mode graphics via D2D/DWrite will simply…

      162 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • HTML5 Outliner

        Provide like Chrome HTML5 Outliner parse function in VS IDE ( or VS SDK ).

        Client Page ( *.html / *.cshtml / *.vbhtml ... ) code is very long for now dev-environment.

        10 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • [Planned for VS "14"] Provide VB.NET Templates for developing Universal Apps

          As we all know, universal apps are the future in windows and apps market. Though, Universal Apps template is not available on Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC. So, please make it available as there are more developers in VB.NET than we think.

          421 votes
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            27 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hey all,

            If you haven’t seen it already, VB Language PM, Lucian Wischik has put together a great series on building Universal Apps for Windows Phone and Store using Visual Basic on the Visual Basic Team Blog.

            Check it out @ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-2-for-the-developer-sharing-xaml-assets-and-code.aspx

            The benefit of a Universal app to consumers is that when an app in the Windows Store and an app in the Windows Phone Store share an identity purchases for either count as purchases for both. That’s a great experience for users that VB developers can build today in their own apps. Lucian walks through how to set this up in your VB solutions in the first post of his series: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vbteam/archive/2014/06/15/vb-universal-app-part-1-getting-started.aspx

            When building Universal apps (or any app that targets multiple platforms/devices), reuse is the name of the game and through Portable Class Libraries and linked files Visual Basic developers already have two powerful tools in their…

          • Integrate Mercurial SCM into the IDE

            Give Hg users first-class support in the IDE. Yes there is visual-hg but I'd love to see this built-in.

            13 votes
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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create a conversations feature that can be attached to any work item.

              Often, there is the need for threaded conversations and discussions that are focused around a specific work item. This would be much like Version One's conversation feature which is extremely useful.

              2 votes
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              • Add support to use android emulators from GenyMotion

                It would be nice to use the android emulators from GenyMotion. The AVD emulators are very slow.

                Emulators from GenyMotion are fast and they already have support for other IDEs like eclipse. It would be nice to have support for Visual Studio as well.

                11 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enable Kanban Column field to be used in work item queries

                  It is a constant source of frustration for our users that they are unable to use the Kanban Column field in work item queries. This field is recorded in the history of a work item whenever it is moved from one Kanban column to another but this information is not available to be used for reporting purposes. This would allow various additional Kanban metrics to be easily produced.

                  23 votes
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                  • 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…

                    20 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide a friendly way to select a Build Definition in Release Template properties

                      Its necessary a search option or a friendly way to select a Build Definition in Release Template properties

                      26 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Sql Server Compact 5

                        Please work on the next version of sql server compact and continue supporting in visual studio. sql server compact is the best .net lite and embed database support data types,entity framework and embedding and use in the many of projects. please add support ssdt for database designer,in memory database, new nosql datatype, procedural sql command, column store index, triggers, REST request, odata, client sides api and others.

                        320 votes
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                          14 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  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 →
                          • 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.

                            13 votes
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                            • Include Blend for Visual Studio in Visual Studio Community Edition

                              Include Blend for Visual Studio (Desktop Edition to build WPF applications) in the Visual Studio Community Edition

                              10 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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.

                                26 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  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 →
                                  • Enable locking of guides.

                                    Guides interfere with the design surface when dragging or resizing items. The only way seems to hide them which makes them rather useless.

                                    12 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  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 →
                                      • 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.

                                        34 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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...

                                          63 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.

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