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  1. Build Definitions with Admin privileges

    In a pre or post build process, there are times when administrator privileges are required in order to automate some tasks such as installing dependencies that may be required in order to run tests on the build server.

    Please make it possible for us to install dependencies (that require administrator privileges) in pre/post build and/or pre/post test .

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    • Support markdown as an alternative to html for workitems

      Markdown is now widely adopted and that would be a more fluid experience when writing workitems.

      Having to select text and click on a toolbar to do basic formatting such as bullet points is not really efficient.

      Github like support would allow code snippet in Tasks which might prove to be helpful.

      32 votes
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      • Please keep the Reference Source symbol server updated

        The Reference Source is a very useful feature, particularly so for its ability to step through framework code. But that feature never lasts very long after a release. Many programmers have .NET 4.5.2 on their machine today, the server doesn't supply the necessary PDBs. Downgrading to 4.5.1 is painful and often not possible at all.

        Please keep the server updated.

        72 votes
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          3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bring back displaying fully qualified interface names instead of "unknown-type"

          I kindly request that you bring back the display of a fully qualified interface name in every location you have chosen to replace it with "unknown-type" text. I "do not" appreciate the change. Seeing what specific interface argument is being expected in a method signature gives me a helluva lot more information at a glance than just seeing "unknown-type". I see that your naming the arguments by the expected type to try and make things clear. I just don't get the point this. Please put it back the way it was or as an alternative write a Blog post on…

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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide support for compile time checks of WPF bindings

            We already have intellisense for the Bindings when setting the design time DataContext on a Window.This however is not enough.

            We also need compile time checking of the bindings. Please provide this.

            112 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support pull requests from different repositories

              So, our company is split. Product development and projects. Recently the product team wanted to deploy the new TFS git features to use a PR based workflow. We cannot.

              Short version: Please allow pull requests from other repositories/forks.

              This solves a number of issues:

              - Right now write access would be needed to the target repo [2] [3]
              - Right now there are no security limitations. "Can send a PR" means "can change our code"

              So far, PRs are 'incomplete' as far as I can tell, so [1] is really merely half the support/part of the plumbing.

              1: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3891599-tfservice-git-pull-requests

              2:…

              24 votes
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              • Support for Visual Studio Code

                I simply love working with Visual Studio Tools for Unity when I'm developing Android and Windows Phone apps, but what about iOS? Anyone who uses Unity for developing iOS apps knows how painful is to work with MonoDevelop. Visual Studio Code for mac brings a much better code editor for Unity, but it would be truly complete if we have the same integration level of Visual Studio Tools for Unity. Please consider supporting Visual Studio Code.

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                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop Auto allocating licenses when non existing users are added to a security group

                  We are experiencing an issue with auto assignment of available licenses when adding a non existing users to a team project security group.

                  Example:
                  We have purchased a number of monthly licenses, and have not assigned all. 8 advanced and 57 basic. We have used 6 advanced and 49 Basic.

                  The User licenses are purchased centrally from our corporate IT department. Users are created and licenses are assigned by the corporate IT department.

                  We have over 200 team project (one for each customer) and each project have its own adminitrator that does the user assignment locally for that team project.

                  13 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • JSON literals in C# and VB

                    The baked in XML literal support in C# and VB are awesome - but the modern web runs off JSON.

                    JSON literal support would be a immensely useful.

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                      1 comment  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Additional PSRemoting options and package download via HTTP(S)

                      Could you please provide a way to specify the Enter-PSSession options -ConfigurationName, -Port, -Authentication and -CertificateThumbprint, next to the ones that are already available when deploying a component (such as UseCredSSP, SkipCaCheck, etc.)?
                      Especially -ConfigurationName would be welcome, since it would allow admins to create a dedicated PSSessionConfiguration that can be secured appropriately.

                      Also, could you please provide a more firewall-friendly option than file shares to download the deployment package from? Perhaps something like HTTP(s) or SFTP/FTPS downloads.

                      Both features would help in using Release Management in Test/Acceptance/Production environments that are separated from eachother through firewall and/or network routing rules…

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                        0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add Code Analysis check for missing FreeHGlobal when using AllocHGlobal

                        When using C# Code Analysis I would like to see a rule check for the use of Marshal.AllocHGlobal without a corresponding Marshal.FreeHGlobal to free the unmanaged memory that was allocated.

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                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support .NET Builds without requiring Visual Studio on the server

                          To build certain PCL libraries and libraries for Windows 8 RT requires having Visual Studio on the server.

                          Nick Berardi writes about a workaround that allows running a build server without VS, but it's really just a workaround for functionality that should be easy.

                          Not to mention there's probably licensing considerations we're just ignoring by doing that.

                          http://nickberardi.com/a-net-build-server-without-visual-studio/

                          Please make it easy (and legal) to build .NET projects on a server without requiring a Visual Studio installation (or license) on that server.

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                            21 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide official logos for the .NET languages

                            We need something to stick on our laptops.

                            22 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Hey Niklas,

                              Cool suggestion. We actually do have, or at least had, logos for the .NET languages and stickers bearing them. I have one for VB on one of my laptops and one of each for VB, C#, and F# on another. We used to give these out at conferences and events, I’m not sure if we ran out. At times we’ve also had T-shirts and mugs. Everyone’s always asking us where they can get them. We really should put up a storefront somewhere so that all our fans can show their love. I’ll get on that and let you know what we come up with.

                              Regards,

                              Anthony D. Green, Program Manager, Visual Basic, C#, and F# Languages Team

                            • Implement AD FS for TFS

                              Our organisation policy does not allow us to use TFS Online / visualstudio.com. For on-premises TFS instances, ADFS is not supported at the moment. I'm hoping a future update will incorporate the ADFS bits for TFS Online in the on-prem version as well. That would open up some authentication schemes we'd like to use.

                              241 votes
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                              • Improve look & feel of Scrum template for VSO (especially forma the stakeholder)

                                The layout of the homepage of project create with scrum template in VSO is a little bit chaotic. Keep in mind that in scrum the collaboration with stakeholder is important especially in the review meeting but also during the sprint to show wip FIR get feedback. Stakeholders are also customer that aren't accustomed with UI then if instrument aren't user friendly, collaboration is hard.
                                So please improve look & feel like other competitor (atlassian, rally, clarizen, versione one, teamwork, ecc...)

                                16 votes
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                                • Make IntelliTest available to Visual Studio Premium

                                  In Visual Studio 2015 IntelliTest are a fantastic idea!
                                  Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

                                  97 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add a table-of-content-window listing all procedures and other items of the current code file.

                                    The content should be similar to what is available in the drop-down lists at the top of the C# editor, but it should be in a window docked to the side of the IDE.
                                    There should be some sorting and grouping options.
                                    The CodeMaid add-in is doing it right, but such basic functionality should be a standard part of VS, so it is also available for the Express editions.

                                    14 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Assembly code color highlighting

                                      Its easy to get assembly code to work using c++, but you can only edit your assembly code like normal text. It would be cool and productive to have the code (filename.asm) be colored like visual studio does with the other languages. Should be difficult: seperate colors for: keywords, value's, labels, variables, comments and sections(.data,.stack,.code).

                                      6 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add configuration variables to Release Template

                                        Configuration Variables are nice! But it would have been great to have those in the Release Template "scope"

                                        I'd like to define a configuration variable like "LogDirectory" where all my components would inherit instead of settings one variable within all the components of the release template.

                                        Needing a different value within all Release Templates, global and server variables are not usefull in this case.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add the ability to not delete the deployment directory after a test run is complete in a testsettings file

                                          A runsettings file has the ability to optionally delete the deployment directory after a test run is complete as follows:

                                          <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
                                          <RunSettings>
                                          <MSTest>
                                          <DeleteDeploymentDirectoryAfterTestRunIsComplete>false</DeleteDeploymentDirectoryAfterTestRunIsComplete>
                                          </MSTest>
                                          </RunSettings>

                                          However, it does not have the ability to specify test run timeout values for example, like a testsettings file.

                                          A testsettings file has the ability to specify timeout values but does not have the ability to optionally delete the deployment directory after a test run is complete - it will always delete the deployment directory after a successful run.

                                          I would like the testsettings file to have the ability to not delete…

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                                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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