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  1. Add support for OpenMP 4.5 to VC++

    This makes so much sense. OMP is brilliant.

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    22 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Enable VS Community activation/registration offline

    It would be nice if there was a way to register/activate the Community Edition of VS offline, that one can use it (longer than 30 days) on virtual machines without internet access or PC that cannot access the Internet.
    There's a way to install it on machines like those discribed above using the "/layout"-Option of the setup on another PC to then install it on the offline PC afterwards, but then there isn't an option to register/activate that copy of VS.
    For example let us download a license file for the community edition in addition to signing into a Microsoft-Account…

    685 votes
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    109 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for the feedback and the suggestion about Community edition.

    This may not be the answer that you want to hear, but we do require occasional online connectivity as a requirement of using Visual Studio Community. As you probably know, we introduced Visual Studio Community two years ago as a free, full-featured development environment designed for students, open source contributors, small companies, startups and individual developers.

    While we set out to try and make Community as broadly available as possible, we recognize that it doesn’t accommodate every scenario. For those who need offline usage, Professional and Enterprise editions might be a better choice.

    Since we’re not able to accommodate this request, we are closing this suggestion to return your votes. While we can’t address all suggestions, we appreciate the feedback and hope you’ll continue to share your ideas.

    Thanks,

    Visual Studio Team

  3. Provide a Visual Basic 6 Community edition - to allow free download of the VB6 programming language

    Make a Visual Basic 6 Community edition free download of the Microsoft VB6 programming language and IDE available.
    Microsoft already have a VS2013 community edition and also a free download of Expression Web.
    Now please allow a 'Community Edition' of VB6.

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    546 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have no plans to release a new incarnation of the Visual Basic 6 IDE, either as an incremental update or a free “Community Edition”. Some of you have expressed concerns that without such a product it would be difficult or impossible to maintain your existing Visual Basic 6 applications using a licensed version of the product. Please note that Visual Studio Community has a license that restricts use for enterprise development and as such a Community Edition of the Visual Basic 6 IDE would not actually address that concern. Additionally, your original license for VB6 is perpetual so provided that you still have the license key you may continue to install the product for current and future use. Lastly, the Visual Basic 6.0 IDE is available to all MSDN subscribers and can be downloaded at any time from the subscriber downloads section and installed. A generic subscriber key…

  4. Include SketchFlow in Blend 2015

    We use SketchFlow extensively for prototyping new applications and soliciting feedback from our clients. It has been invaluable for quickly prototyping UI screens and communicating to the client that the UI is just a "sketch" and it's not "almost done". Also, the XAML architecture can largely be reused to jump start the final development of the application.

    At the very least, provide the "sketchy" styles with Blend so we can continue to use it without the player.

    118 votes
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    25 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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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    392 comments  ·  Games  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Back in 2013, we announced that XNA 4.0 would be the last release of the XNA framework. We thank all of you who used XNA in your games, and we’re humbled by the number of you who want an XNA 5.0! However, XNA 5.0 is not something we’ll be developing.

    We know that many of you want to use cross-platform engines to build your games and deploy them in all the places that gamers care about – Xbox, Windows, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, iOS, Android and more. Now, there is an amazing ecosystem of game frameworks and engines that support building games on Windows and across all platforms.

    If you are looking to port your existing XNA game to Windows 10 UWP, please explore the MonoGame framework, which is an open-source, cross-platform implementation of XNA, supporting Windows 10 UWP and a variety of other platforms. If you are…

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    9540 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have read all of the comments on this thread and I’d like to thank you for providing your constructive feedback on this issue. Instead of merely repeating our support and migration guidance that has been laid out on http://msdn.com/vbrun, I’d like to address some of your specific comments here.

    To play back the feedback themes we’re hearing:
    - VB6 is awesome
    - VB6 needs to be brought forward and maintained: in a new release or OSS

    VB6 was and still is without a doubt awesome. VB6 made developers incredibly productive building a breadth of applications and as a result we have a wealth of applications and passionate developers to this day in 2014. One way I see our mission in developer tools is to empower developers to solve problems. This includes both today’s problems AND the problems of tomorrow. VB6, as you all have stated repeatedly in this…

  7. "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog

    Major frown here for two reasons, both caused by the "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog. 1) because it's modal I was unable to send a frown from the same instance of VS. For all the reasons that modal popups are evil, this dialog is evil. Please get rid of all modal popups from VS. 2) This popped up because I was attempting to close VS. If what I want to do is to close VS, then obviously I want to also stop debugging. I loathe this popup, more than the average popup. If I didn't want to stop…

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    8 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still important to you, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
    - The Visual Studio Team

  8. Bring back the basic setup and deployment project type Visual Studio Installer.

    You really need to bring back the basic Setup and Deployment project name Visual Studio Installer. It was a clean, simple, and effective installer for home grown applications that were to be deployed internally. I downloaded and used InstallShield LE and it's too complicated and overblown to build simple effective install/uninstall capabilities. Why did you remove it to begin with? We have to support desktop applications for the foreseeable future.

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    833 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    UPDATE:
    We have just released an extension which delivers the Visual Studio Installer projects functionality present in Visual Studio 2010 for Visual Studio 2013.

    To find out more please read Visual Studio Installer Projects Extension

    Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro

    UPDATE:
    We have more information on the next version of InstallShield Limited Edition that will be included in Visual Studio 2013.

    What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 and InstallShield Limited Edition

    ORIGINAL:
    We’d like to thank you all for your comments on this UserVoice entry. We have been discussing the comments on InstallShield Limited Edition (ISLE) raised here with Flexera and we are currently working with them to address the top issues. At this stage we have no plans to include the former Visual Studio Setup Projects in future product versions but we will continue to work with Flexera and the community to ensure…

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  10. Allow interactive filtering of Debug Output text

    It would be very helpful if the Visual Studio Output window supported some sort regex-based filtering of the displayed debug output text, similar to the way DbgView does. This would make it easier to isolate specific lines that I'm interested in, e.g. from tracepoints added during debugging etc.

    Using DbgView can be a rough workaround, but it would be really nice to be able to do this directly in Visual Studio while debugging, particularly for tracepoint-generated text, which DbgView obviously cannot see.

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    10 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your suggestions to add advanced searching support to the Output window. We are not planning to invest in improvements to the Output window at this time. However, we are still working on the Diagnostic Tools window which has an events view. In the future, we may plan to make improvements to this view so you can see the Debug output events and have more advanced search and filter capabilities.

    Thanks,
    Kaycee Anderson
    Visual Studio

  11. Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

    In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
    It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

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    47 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. macro recording for search and replace

    Having to convert my projects from MSVC2005 to 2017 is a chore with search and replace. Please put in a macro recording system that records your keystrokes and then replays them every time a search is matched.

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    0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello and thank you for the suggestion. We made the decision several years ago that we will not invest in a macro recording feature for Visual Studio as part of a default, in-box experience. There is however an extension that provides this functionality: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=VisualStudioPlatformTeam.MacrosforVisualStudio. You can try this out for yourself if you require this feature. Thank you for helping us build a better Visual Studio!

  13. Visual studio 2017: Add support for Windows store 8.1 projects (Phone & Desktop).

    Visual studio 2017: Add support for Windows store 8.1 projects (Phone & Desktop).

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    4 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. Visual Studio 2015 continues to be a productive developer environment for maintaining Windows 8.1 Store apps. Visual Studio 2017 installs cleanly side by side with Visual Studio 2015, allowing you to maintain your existing Windows 8.1 Store apps in Visual Studio 2015, and to use the latest tools when it comes time to migrate your apps forward to Windows 10.

    -Paul Chapman
    Visual Studio Program Manager

  14. Update Team Foundation Server MSSCCI to use VS2017 instead of VS2013

    In our job we still develop using Visual Studio 2008. As we plan to upgrade our TFS server from 2012 to 2017, we need to change the SourceCode plugin to MSSCCI. Installing it requires to install also Team Explorer 2013 (and VS2013 update 5) as prerequisites. We should be able to bypass this requirements as we have VS2017 installed.

    Please take a couple of days to update this component.

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    2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on this idea. Unfortunately, we do not plan to update the MSSCCI provider to support VS 2017 without having Team Explorer 2013 installed. VS vNext is the next version for which we will evaluate MSSCCI support.

    Kayla Ngan
    Program Manager

  15. Having Windows 10 SDK For Windows Insiders in VS 2017 Preview a option

    When you have Visual Studio 2017 Preview so you can get updated SDK if you are Windows Insider automatically could help and can get preview SDK faster to Windows Insider developers

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    0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback!

    With Visual Studio Preview builds (https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/preview/), we do include certain specific versions of the Windows 10 SDK preview builds, but those are not included by default as we want users to be very conscious of the choice they make when they acquire preview releases. We will also not be including every single Preview SDK in the installation experience, and instead encourage users to choose the SDK and Windows 10 flights that they prefer explicitly.

    Thanks,
    Unni
    Program Manager, Visual Studio Team

  16. 51 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Unfortunately the work to bring this back as an extension or an open source project would be prohibitive. As we’re not investing more deeply in this space at this time, we’re declining this suggestion for now. Sorry - and thanks for the feature suggestion.

  17. UWP C++ only Workload in Visual Studio Installer

    With the advent of C++/WinRT we could have a customizable C++ only workload without installing VB.NET, C#, etc.

    Blend should also not be installed by default.

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    1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Unfortunately, we will not be able to address this feedback. In Visual Studio 2017, we have done a lot of work to improve the overall acquisition experience and making sure that you only get the tools that you want. At the same time, we also want to make it really easy for users to get started with the product, and we do need to be mindful of making sure that we default to the tools that benefit the vast majority of our developers. This is the primary reason why .NET and Blend are not separate components in the installation experience.

    Thanks!
    Unni
    Program Manager, Visual Studio Tools

  18. Stop building UWP

    I suggest you STOP BUILDING UWP apps. They are completely useless!

    e.g. Remote Desktop App in Windows 10. It doesn't allow copy/paste of files so it is completely USELESS!

    Skype preview app, complete useless.

    I hate how the UWP apps constantly jump around when the mouse moves, extremely ANNOYING.

    They provide the WORST customer experience and for developers they are just garbage.

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  19. Tell the user what Blend actually does, since the name means absolutely nothing.

    Tell the user what Blend is, since the name means absolutely nothing.

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    0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Blend is a tool focused as UI Developers and Designers to allow them to easily create user interfaces for XAML based applications for either the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF/.NET Desktop) or Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

    To learn a bit more about Blend, I would recommend this video:
    https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Visual-Studio/Connect-event-2014/514

    Thanks,
    Unni
    Program Manager, Visual Studio

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