Visual Studio 2015

Welcome to the Visual Studio 2015 UserVoice site. This site is for suggestions and ideas for the IDE of Visual Studio (Community, Professional or Enterprise). You can also add suggestions for Team Services or Visual Studio Code. Or go to Connect to file a bug. Note that Application Insights has moved to its own UserVoice forum.

We also added an Announcements section where we will be posting special opportunities for you to participate in.

Read about current UserVoice statuses and their definitions in our article “What Does the Status of My Feedback Mean?” article.

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  1. XNA 5

    Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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      370 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow .NET games on Xbox One

      Yesterday was announced that Xbox One will allow indie developer to easily publish games on Xbox One.

      Lots of indie developers and small game company are using .NET to develop games. Today, we are able to easily target several Windows platforms (Windows Desktop, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8) as well as other platforms thanks to Mono from Xamarin.

      As we don't know yet the details about this indie developer program for Xbox One, we would love to use .NET on this platform - with everything accessible, from latest 4.5 with async, to unsafe code and native code access through…

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        295 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

        Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

        Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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          488 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Update 7/30/2015 – A preview release of SlowCheetah for Visual Studio 2015 is available on the VS Gallery – https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/05bb50e3-c971-4613-9379-acae2cfe6f9e. Please let us know on our GitHub if you run into any issues – https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah. We will try to fix them as soon as possible. The preview only supports VS 2015, but we will be expanding that soon.


          Hello. This suggestion has gained a great deal of momentum so we would like to share our plans to address configuration driven XML transforms in Visual Studio. We understand that this is potentially blocking many teams and projects from moving forward to Visual Studio 2015. While we will not be implementing this functionality in Visual Studio 2015 itself, we do plan to update the SlowCheetah extension to fully support Visual Studio 2015. Our long term plan, however, is to integrate this functionality into a future version of Visual Studio.

          We…

        • Open source Silverlight

          Blog post at http://davidburela.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/is-it-time-to-open-source-silverlight/

          For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).

          However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:

          * 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
          * Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
          * Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
          Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up…

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            60 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make WPF open-source and accept pull-requests from the community

            Please follow the footsteps of the ASP .NET team and make WPF open-source with the source code on GitHub, and accept pull-requests from the community.

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              36 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Native DirectX 11 support for WPF

              in 2013 WPF still work on DX9, and this have a lot of inconvenience. First of all it is almost impossible to make interaction with native DX11 C++ and WPF. Axisting D3DImage class support only DX 9, but not higher and for now it is a lot of pain to attach DX 11 engine to WPF.

              Please, make nativa support for DX 11 in WOF by default and update D3DImage class to have possibility to work with nativa C++ DX 11 engine and make render directly to WPF control (controls) without pain with C++ dll.

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                34 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                  99 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support for ES6 modules

                  Add support for the new JavaScript ES6 module syntax, including module definition and imports.

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                    69 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

                    I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

                    During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
                    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
                    * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
                    * Team Foundation Server Express
                    * SQL Server Express
                    * SQL Server Data Tools
                    * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
                    * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
                    * Entity Framework…

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                      146 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Quick update on where we are with this UserVoice suggestion. Firstly: thank you for the feedback – we hear the frustration and pain embodied in the comments here.

                      It’s worth making a few observations. Firstly, I think it’s well understood that Visual Studio is a complex product – because we support many different languages, frameworks and platforms and install many runtimes and dependencies from Microsoft and other companies. Some of those constituent components exist as separate MSIs, since they are also dependencies of other applications.

                      Secondly, we have chosen historically to err on the side of conservatism in uninstallation. There are packages that don’t participate in ref-counting at all, so we have no means to know whether other apps depend on them. Heath Stewart has posted a great article on some solutions for this here, in particular the /force switch for the setup application which provides a more aggressive approach: …

                    • 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.

                      3,776 votes
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                        26 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VS IDE should support file patterns in project files

                        Patterns should be preserved and unmodified when working with *proj files. If I specify a pattern with something like **/*.cs for my code files. If I add a new .cs file that fits that pattern the .csproj file should not be modified.

                        MSBuild already respects this, but the IDE will always modify the project file.

                        For numerous scenarios this could simplify the diff / merge process.

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                          21 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello everyone and thank you for the feedback. We are actively investigating ways to improve how Visual Studio handles project content. This suggestion falls into that category. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback for the Visual Studio 2015 release. We will update the community when our plans in this area have gained more clarity.

                          Will Buik,
                          Visual Studio – VS IDE Project and Build Team

                        • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

                          This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

                          A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

                          A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
                          http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

                          The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
                          1) Windows 10
                          2) Legacy Windows
                          3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
                          4) Droid …

                          3,469 votes
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                            under review  ·  93 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve WPF performance

                            I have a high end PC and still WPF is not always fluent. Just compare it with QT 4.6 QML (Declarative UI) it is sooo FAST!

                            3,400 votes
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                              15 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Resolve Airspace iusse to full integrate OpenGL inside WPF

                              There are many programmers and company that develop applications based on geometrical kernels that use OpenGL for drawing (like CAD/CAM applications) often they have an old MFC application, and to pass to a modern view for their applications and give a new user experience for the user they could make new WPF interfaces very quickly but they can't rewrite an entire kernel to pass from OpenGL to DirectX, so often they prefer to remain with MFC without pass to WPF. This could be a very special thing to have the possibility to use OpenGL fully supported by WPF, without airspace…

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                                0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • C++ CLI support for optional parameters for using in C#

                                in C++ CLI is possible to define an optional parameter like

                                public void ProvaDefaults([Optional, DefaultParameterValue(true)] bool value)

                                but in this way the compiler don't use the DefaultParameterValue for setting the correct default value in the metadata (II.15.4.1.4 The .para m directive) that is visible in C#

                                so in C# the deault parameter is visible but only with the system default value (in the sample reported it is false instead of the wanted true)

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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • T4 editing

                                  T4 is no longer just a tool used internally by VS, but is being increasingly used by developers for code generation. It would be great to have syntax highlighting, intellisense etc. out of the box.

                                  I appreciate this is probably more of a Visual Studio feature request than an ASP.NET one, but as T4 is used a lot within ASP.NET projects, particularly MVC ones, I figure it's worth a mention.

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                                    28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Visual Studio for Mac Os x

                                    Dear Madam and sir;

                                    We need Full Version of Visual Studio for Mac Os x.
                                    And language of programming such as:

                                    -C
                                    -C++
                                    -C#
                                    -VB
                                    -F#
                                    -HTML
                                    -MHTML

                                    Thanks,

                                    3,099 votes
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                                      71 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make VS scalable by switching to 64 bit

                                      No matter how fast and efficient VS will be, we will eventually reach some limit.

                                      I've reached the memory limit since VS 2003 -- around 1.3gb memory usage VS started to give out of memory exceptions. That was using 20-30 projects.

                                      Nowadays we have more than 70 projects in the solution and VS 2010 doesn't reach the x86 memory limit (on a 64 bit windows). Eventually we'll reach the number of projects that will be the tipping point for VS.

                                      Using a 64 bit build of VS will enable us to just buy memory and still work with that solution.…

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                                        40 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add non-nullable reference types in C#

                                        Non-nullability checks have to be manually encoded hundreds of times in any large real-world project, and they are not compile-time-enforced. There are code contracts in .Net 4.0, but their usage is still very verbose, and only partly compile-time-enforced.

                                        What I wish is a pendant to the null-lifting operator ?, for instance, !, so that one could write:
                                        void MyMethod(string! s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

                                        Or, the way ReSharper does it:
                                        void MyMethod([NotNull] string s){ /* s cannot be null :) */}

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                                          73 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support multiple rows of document tabs

                                          It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

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                                            5 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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