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  1. Allow acceptance testers to access TFS test hub

    We find it a little overkill to require UAT testers to have a VS Test Pro with MSDN subscription simply to be able to record the steps and findings of their tests.

    It would be a good and useful idea to create an exception for UAT testers to be allowed access to the test section of TWA to create test scripts and record their results. At the very least, they should have access to be able to record results against a test script that was created by an MSDN subscriber.

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      0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • enable installation of the Visual Studio 2013 to Windows Embedded OS

      Using the Visual Studio 2013 in Windows Embedded OS would make it easier and faster to resolve issues in the C++ embedded application. In some cases the network or other connection to the embedded system is not possible or it requires significant changes to the embedded device. These changes may affect to the issue that is under investigation and may make it hard to repeat and identify the issue.

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        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • YAML "in addition to" JSON

        YAML is recursive acronym of "YAML ain't a markup language"

        YAML specs: http://www.yaml.org/spec/
        File extension: .yml or .yaml

        Why YAML:

        Microsoft was backing XML, while the whole (other) world moved from XML to JSON (a key-value pair format with less footprints and noise). Microsoft was _still_ backing XML while the rest of the world move from JSON to YAML (another key-value pair format with minimalistic footprints and noise).

        All those folks suggesting "JSON is new XML" must be living in pervious century: JSON is OLD XML and YAML is new JSON!

        In VS2013 Update 2, Visual studio team (with WebDev)…

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          6 comments  ·  Compatibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring Back The CLR Debugger

          The .NET 2.0 SDK Shipped with the "Microsoft CLR Debugger" (under the GuiDebug folder in the SDK) which provided a stripped down Visual Studio 2005 Shell (No Project Creation, Intellisense, Syntax highlighting, etc, just a stripped down no frills shell) that allowed debugging of .NET 2.0 Applications without a Visual Studio License.

          This was the closest thing Microsoft has shipped to a "Zero install Visual Studio debugger" beyond WinDbg and its ilk, which don't provide near as nice an experience as Visual Studio.

          Sadly this debugger does not work with .NET 4.0 or greater, I believe it works with .NET…

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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Work with Atlassian to add Visual Studio Online Git integration into JIRA

            JIRA (https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira) is an isue tracking product and service used by over 35,000 companies around the world.

            The Atlassian JIRA DVCS Connector (see https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/BITBUCKET/Use+the+JIRA+DVCS+Connector+Add-on) allows for users to easily link their JIRA instance to a Bitbucket or GitHub account. This allows for source control commits to be linked to issues and for JIRA to automate workflow based on source control.

            I love using Visual Studio Online Git for my source control - but my team already has a significant investment in the JIRA toolset. It would be great if we could have this same functionality with Git…

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              0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • WPF - SVG support

              SVG (scalable vector graphic) is becoming very prominent these days. All major browsers support it.
              Performance and functionalities are improving very quickly.

              Knowing that, it sounds very intereting for those who want to design a graphical design application (like an UML designer) to do it with SVG.
              The document result could be a SVG or an XML with embeded SVG in it. Having a SVG file would enable anybody to see the result in any browser/OS.
              Many other advantages come with it.

              The actual HTML5 browser model is Javascript based and by the way is interpreted and untyped.
              - By…

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                0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow editing of send to address for email alerts in VSO

                Allow users to specify which emails they want to send the alert to, both for team and individual alerts. Right now changing the individual alert address changes the default mail address for all alerts for that user, and team alerts send to address cannot be edited at all.

                41 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2013

                  Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension is supported in Visual Studio 2010/2012, this suggestion is to make it work with Visual Studio 2013.

                  161 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Expose an API to be able to extend or take advantage of CodeLens features in extensions.

                    The CodeLens feature of VS2013 Ultimate was the most exciting thing in VS2013 Ultimate, yet it is severely limited and underused. Its source control only integrates Microsoft-friendly source control, which is really quite greedy from you guys, considering the price of the Ultimate package... I understand you are pushing your own products, but denying support for the most widely used source control packages in favor of your own runner in a premium-only feature is pretty poor. Don't be a Grinch.

                    I would like to be able to write extensions to support other source control packages like SVN or CVS through…

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Compare With Previous Version Shortcut

                      Mostly compare function is used to compare with previous checked in version, but to do this, user has to open version history and select the most top two version and click compare at context menu.

                      Whereas if there is a option in context menu like "Compare With Previous Version", it could compare automatically with previous checked-in version if exists.

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                        1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide an open API to allow us to extend Code Lens (now that Roslyn is open sourced)

                        Please open up the API for CodeLens now that Roslyn is available to the wider public. It would allow to to do some great stuff on the local code. I would not mind a model that only works locally for now, though a server side API would be nice.

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                          3 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • The new Visual Studio 2012 Find dialog is frustrating

                          - The fact you can't undock it from the upper-right corner is bad for those of us with vertical monitors. Please make it a floating window again.

                          - The fact that you can't find forwards and backwards at the same time without first clicking a little dropdown arrow is maddening.

                          - The thin little lines which tell you if Match Case, Match Whole Word, etc are enabled is way too hard to see, plus they dissapear entirely when your mouse hovers over them or when they have focus.

                          - I miss being able to perform a Find in Files, and…

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                            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Official opening of WTL support

                            Total is well known, WTL based on ATL, it was an excellent Win32 application development framework. Relative to the MFC,WTL a more lightweight, high efficiency, the links generated by the small size of the program. My only regret is that while WTL is initially within Visual Studio release, WTL is not supported by the Visual Studio official. I think, Microsoft to retain developer, especially C++ developer, in UI framework Shang does needs efforts, MFC bloated and old, ATL does not too for GUI program, pure SDK of program complex degrees too high, most manufacturers in using Visual Studio using C++…

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                              2 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Merge pull request with Tagging at using git on Visual Studio Online.

                              When I merge a pull request, I want to set tags at the same time, using git on Visual Studio Online.

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                                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

                                The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

                                Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Simplify enum attributes

                                  Attributes for enums are overly complicated both in defining them and accessing them. Please simplify this as follows

                                  enum ItemSize { big, small };

                                  enum ItemTypes
                                  {
                                  [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] car,
                                  [Attribute(ItemSize size=big)] truck,
                                  [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] bicycle,
                                  [Attribute(ItemSize size=small)] skate
                                  }

                                  And then access them such.

                                  void ProcessItem(ItemType ty, string itemName)
                                  {
                                  ItemSize size = ty.Attribute(size);
                                  if (size == ItemSize.big)
                                  {
                                  ...
                                  }
                                  else if (size == ItemSize.small)
                                  {
                                  ....
                                  }
                                  }

                                  This could be achived by using current C#, .net 4.5 and VS 2013, but the method including getting the attributes is overly complex. This complex code could all be…

                                  10 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow try/catch refinement

                                    It would be nice to be able to catch more "refined" versions of the same exception... A classic example of this is the InvalidOperationException, in which there are a multitude of different operations that might generate this exception.

                                    What i'm thinking is some way to catch based on a property of the exception... I don't know what the syntax would be, but perhaps Possibly something like this:

                                    try {} catch(InvalidOperationException(message = "Foo") ex) {}

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                                      1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

                                      For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

                                      This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

                                      22 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • bring back work item field stack rank for user stories.

                                        In July the stank rank field was removed. This field is still used and 'enhanced' by using drag and drop. This drag and drop is very neat, but it kills the ability to use Visual Studio client to create and modify stories.

                                        I want the ability to specify stank rank manually.

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow to change code font size at different monitor

                                          Some developers use several monitor (2 or 3 or more) to coding with Visual Studio, it supports code editor displays in different monitor, but if monitor place as vertical, code font is smaller and can't adjust for best view. Please consider and add this function into VS IDE font editor.

                                          11 votes
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