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  1. Allow multi HTML clients

    Please make possible to add more than one HTML Client to a Lightswitch Project

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      1 comment  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Update Online Documentation for TFS 2013 Work Item Workflows

      There used to be some handy online end-user workflow (state transition) diagrams for each of the TFS 2012 Work Item Types e.g.
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee332491(v=vs.110).aspx

      However, the Workflows don't appear to have been published for TFS 2013 on the equivalent page e.g.
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee332488.aspx

      There appears to be some significant changes based on the following link (see the diagrams for one Work Item type at the end of the page):
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh697436.aspx
      Unfortunately the page doesn't show Workflow diagrams for all Work Item Types for all Process Templates.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow the Export of Process Templates from Existing Customised TFS Team Projects

        It would be great if there was a feature to export the entire customised TFS Process Template from an existing Team Project. I would like to export the "full" customised Process Template file structure, in the same way (i.e. using Process Template Manager) I export the CMMI, Scrum and Agile Process Templates. I need to store the Process Template in Source Control in case I require an identical Team Project, and so that I can clearly see (e.g. using Visual Studio Compare) the changes resulting from an upgrade (e.g. TFS 2012 to 2013), and see the changes resulting from running…

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          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow the TFS Upgrade Configure Features Wizard to be Rerun

          It would be good to have the ability to rerun the the TFS Upgrade Configure Features Wizard, particularly after yet-to-be-upgraded Process Template items (e.g. Work Item Type file) have been uploaded. Below is an example of when it would be useful:

          1. We take a copy of the Live TFS environment and restore in the Trial TFS environment

          2. We perform the trial upgrade in the Trial environment

          3. We run the Wizard in the Trial environment

          4. A change occurs to the Live TFS environment

          5. We want to test the change (and the Wizard's impact on it) in…

          2 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Direct support for PowerShell in pre/post build events

            Currently only cmd/batch files are supported. PowerShell is a great replacement available on every Windows box basically. Writing complex pre/post build scripts is way easier in PowerShell.

            8 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Use tags in alerts

              I want to use tags in my alerts query. I want to create an alert that when a workitem is changed with a particulair tag/tags I get notified.

              12 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Close user story when all tasks are complete

                As a scrum master / scrum team member, I want TFS to ask me to close the parent user story when all the underlying tasks have been completed as well so I don't have to remember to close the parent story myself.

                I would also like this functionality for Features when all User Stories have been completed, but this is secondary.

                (Hint: This feature exists in a competing product and it's GREAT!)

                14 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow Visual Studio Online users with Advanced license to run tests

                  In Visual Studio Online only users with Visual Studio Premium w MSDN are allowed to run tests.
                  http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-online-overview-vs#AdditionalPageSections_1

                  We have a few business users that need to organize their user acceptance tests and report bugs on them (and related them to the Backlog items).

                  These business users can with Basic, Professional or Advanced do almost any other things in Visual Studio Online - but not run Test.
                  I mean just run the test via the browser not via Test Manager or any other advanced tool.

                  As it stands right now we need to buy a MSDN license for them and…

                  19 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for expanded context menu items.

                    Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a button to sort the product backlog based on the rate between Business Value and Effort

                      We want to deliver the highest value to our customers as soon as possible, so it make sense (as the ALM MCSD certification describes), to sort the product backlog based on this rate:
                      Business Value / Effort (story points).

                      So, the higher ranked features requiring the less effort are developed first.

                      We do that sorting by editing an excel file, querying TFS / adding a new list to the worksheet, adding the "priority backlog" column to the list, sorting descending by that column, copying the entire column out of the list in order to backup the original priority values, adding…

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                        1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Release bootstrapper packages through VS "Extensions and Updates"

                        Currently the prerequisite component bootstrapper packages used by ClickOnce and Visual Studio Installer are either installed along with Visual Studio or must be downloaded manually. An example of this is the latest .Net Framework 4.5.2 package which you need to Google to find (searching the Microsoft website doesn't even work).

                        Bootstrapper packages should be released along with other Visual Studio updates in the "Extensions and Updates" dialog as long as being listed in the Visual Studio Gallery online.

                        Additionally, to enable the "Download prerequisites from the same location as my application" I shouldn't have to manually open the package.xml file…

                        6 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • auto-expand the user story Description area as you write more text in this field. Currently it is not expandable.

                          Currently if you have a long story description, you will see a scroll bar on the right. The writing area is not expandable, even though there is plenty of space below. That would be great to expand it as you write more description.

                          2 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add column options button in grid view for Web Test Manager

                            Currently column options are only accessible from list view in Web Test Manager. The column options button would be very helpful in grid view as attached.

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add IISExpress.exe path to Environment Variables

                              I like to use IISExpress.exe in command line, I must to add IISExpress.exe path (like "C:\Program Files\IIS Express;") to my Environment Variables (System variables --> PATH).

                              I found Visual Studio 2013 provide "Visual Studio Tools" have many Shortcuts.

                              Can you add IISExpress.exe path to VsDevCmd.bat for VS2013 Developer command line?

                              23 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Increase the length of token names

                                The length of the token names in MRM is too short (50 characters) to facilitate the naming of tokens in a readable manner. Please increase the maximum length of this item.

                                4 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Don't force typing class name when creating constructor.

                                  Currently when you create a class with 1 or more constructors, each constructor duplicates the class name. Why? That is a duplication of data. In addition, if you change the class name or copy the class to create a new one, you have to rename the class and rename each constructor. Why not just name each constructor ctor() or some other reserved name.

                                  Ex.
                                  Instead of writing this:
                                  class Alpha
                                  {
                                  Alpha()
                                  {
                                  /// init class
                                  }

                                  Alpha(string Name) : ctor()
                                  {
                                  /// init class
                                  }
                                  }

                                  Write this:
                                  class Alpha
                                  {
                                  ctor()
                                  {
                                  /// init class
                                  }

                                  ctor(string Name)…

                                  2 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Map Kanban board Pseudo-states to Work Item State AND Reason

                                    The Kanban board allows teams to map pseudo-states to work item states but sets reason to the default value. This defeats the purpose of having multiple reasons for a given state transition. The Kanban board should map to both work item state and reason since it is the combination of these 2 fields that describe the status of the work item.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create an Anti-Null-Coalescing Operator

                                      To replace the common logic of:

                                      return x == null ? null : x.Property;

                                      have an operator to provide such logic.

                                      return x !?? x.Property;

                                      This is similar to the idea of a safe navigation operator (?.), only may be simper to implement.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Provide a taxonomy system for work item tags

                                        Being able to set permissions on who can create and use tags is a great update, but it would be even more powerful if a more formalised taxonomy system was provided.

                                        The idea would be to provide a mechanism where Administrators could:
                                        - Create logically grouped termsets (“platform”, “operating system”) similar to Global List management.
                                        - Configure TFS Server, TPC, TP or WITD with pointers to multiple valid termsets. This allows both common and unique tags within each context.
                                        - Set an owner(s) of specific termsets to distribute administration and management of tags.
                                        - Set termsets as “open” or “closed”…

                                        4 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                                          The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                                          While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                                          For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

                                          36 votes
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