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  1. Coding By Voice.

    Full support for coding by voice using either window speech recognition or Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

    For example you should be able to say a customisable command, consisting of language and category like :

    Visual Basic Statements

    and a list of statements will appear on the screen where you can choose an item by saying a number or the name of the item (For Next Loop for example). The code snippet would then be inserted into the current location in the IDE. And the most appropriate item that needs changing will be selected in the IDE.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Include Team Members on Task Board People View even when Tasks are not Assigned to Team Member

      A great UI benefit of the task board is to be able to reassign tasks to team members by drag and drop. However, if a team member does not have any tasks assigned to them, that person does not appear on the task board. By having all team members appear regardless of task assignment, assigning tasks is much easier than opening the work item and assigning.

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        0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  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…

        6 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • While selecting files to add to VCPROJ, the list of the files in the selection dialog should be in different colours

          While selecting files to add to VCPROJ, in the selection dialog,

          Show file names in different colors with some criteria like

          files that are already part of the project in one color
          files that are not part of the project in one color

          It makes the user developer easy to access.
          And this helps the porting teams to clear the files that are unnecessary.

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            0 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • "Bluetooth Low Energy" and Documents Flexibility

            Please provide BLE scanning in peripheral mode, please update it, its already available in iPhone and Android, in windows phone 8.1, still its not available. We can scan and get MAC address without pairing device. Documents launching is also a typical process, sometimes .docx and .xlsx are not supporting.

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              0 comments  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • set NullValue to "(Null)" instead of "throw exception" by default in dataset designer

              In dataset designer, by default "NullValue" of DataColumns is "throw exception".
              It's rather tricky to handle such exceptions.
              I'm quite sure it makes more sense to return null directly (or at least return DBNUll) by default. This is because I do not want to an exception every time when DBNull is returned as null is valid in most cases. If it's not valid, I can still get NullReferenceException. Why should it throw one more exception?
              If you do not agree with me, you may do an poll.
              However, of course, you can leave "throw exception" as an option.

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                0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Use red icon for plus sign instead of green when showing source control newly added file in solution explorer

                By default, the green + sign is visually non-distinguishable with still locked files. But red check mark is visually distinguishable. I think a red + sign will be more visually distinguishable.

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow global folder changes

                  It would be nice if we can change properties for everything in a folder, instead of doing it individually.

                  An example of this would be:
                  instead of setting every file's (within a folder) Build Action to Content, and Copy to Output Directory Copy Always, it would be possible to click on the folder and change settings for every item in it.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • End marker in query syntax to avoid the ugly parenthesis

                    One of the things that I dislike about the query syntax is this:

                    var xyz =
                    (from a in b
                    where a.c == 1
                    select a.d).ToArray();

                    What do you think about the idea of extending the C# query syntax a little so that the following was possible?

                    var xyz =
                    from a in b
                    where a.c == 1
                    select a.d
                    end.ToArray(); or perhaps even $.ToArray();

                    The syntax could even allow multiple 'end' markers to be chained:

                    var xyz =
                    from a in b
                    where a.c == 1
                    select a.d
                    $.Distinct()
                    $.ToArray()

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                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        0 comments  ·  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 →
                        • Make alerts configurable to NOT send "healthy" status.

                          Allow me to suppress alert status emails indicating "healthy" status. I only want to know when an alert condition is violated.

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                            0 comments  ·  Application Insights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please Make the Width of the Quick Find Box Sticky

                            Quite often the text being searched for within the Quick Find (Control-F) box in Visual Studio 2013 doesn't fit. The box can of course be made wider, but that doesn't stick. It would be nice if it would come up wider every time.

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                              0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  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 →
                              • Don't rebuild SQL Server Database Projects every time

                                Currently, SQL Server Database Projects are rebuilt systematically even when it seems unnecessary and the user asked for a normal build (as opposed to a forced rebuild).

                                This can be reproduced by creating a new empty sqlproj using the SQL Server Database Project template, and select "Build" twice. It will be rebuilt the second time even though no change occured in between.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Database Projects  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Provide a developer account on Microsoft Azure portal to use all the available services free of cost.

                                    Please provide a developer account so developers can play with the functionalities, keep coming up and contribute better while working on real time projects. One month free subscription is not sufficient as new features are getting release every month. It can be limited sharing environment but should be available without any cost.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Create tool same as Resharper

                                      Can we have tool/extension same as Resharper. So that can be part of Visual Studio. and we don't have to pay for resharper :)

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                                        0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Give FileSystemWatcher the power to detect file "moves" (by listening to/hooking the Win32 API)

                                        MOVE has been a basic level instruction of Windows for decades now (as opposed to just being a COPY and a DELETE), yet the FileSystemWatcher is unable to detect it. There are currently only two workarounds: 1. watch every delete and create to see if two match up (non-trivial, need to also watch all the parent directories, all the disks etc: see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/22447022/best-way-to-track-files-being-moved-possibly-between-disks-vb-net-or-c) 2. step outside .NET and write a low-level application in C++ or whatever to hook the API (possibly involves learning a whole new programming language and environment).

                                        It would be nice if there was a simple…

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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  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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