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  1. Add F# support for .NET Native

    I had a conversation with @xyziemba and @dotnet on Twitter recently about the .NET Native toolset and features. I understand the F# is not supported at the moment and that support is unlikely to come in the VS 2015 RTM timeframe. I'd like to suggest that you consider adding this support as soon as possible - even if it means some time after the RTM of VS 2015.

    Since I couldn't find a UserVoice request for this - I wanted to put this in.

    Thanks,
    Krishna

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      12 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support the ability to push Git Tags to remote

      It's now possible to create Git tags in VS2015.
      However, these are local tags, and can't be pushed to the remote server.
      One has to use the git command line: git push --tags
      Would it be possible to get this push command from within Visual Studio?

      361 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Color Theme Editor for 2017

        Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

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

          Thanks for the feedback! We heard you loud and clear, and we’re working on this. Unfortunately the 2015 version of the Color Theme Editor uses a few undocumented APIs that mean we can’t release the source code as is; we’re fixing it up for 2017 but it’s a labor of love by a few folk who do this as a volunteer project. Thanks for the feedback and we’ll try and get an updated version out soon.

          Totally get the feedback around color theming being too complex, as well, as noted in the additional feedback item: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-ide/suggestions/19251595. Backward compatibility is always an issue, because extensions need to be able to easily identify the current theme and work with it, but we hear you.

          Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

        • Open links in an actual browser

          Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

          1,316 votes
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            31 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Reduce amount of programs added to Programs and Features

            It has always bugged me that when installing Visual Studio there are 40+ items added to the Programs and Features list in Windows.

            While I understand that some are necessarily standalone programs (like all the different runtimes), there are many Visual Studio components added that are _only_ there for Visual Studio.

            Examples include Service Packs, “Macro Tools”, “Prequisites” and especially all the language pack related items.

            Looking at other products, like Office, you should be perfectly fine by combining everything into a single entry and configure all the compontents within a setup dialog.

            This also applies to other components (which…

            98 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We’re making real progress against this area – slowly but surely. If you haven’t seen Visual Studio 2017 RC (or later) yet, check it out at http://visualstudio.com. We are eradicating many of the separate items that come from Microsoft, although we will continue to list third-party dependencies individually (for example, if I used the Visual Studio installer to get the Android SDK, we presume you might want to be able to uninstall that without relying on Visual Studio).

              Let us know what you think… Thanks for the feedback, Tim Sneath | Visual Studio Team

            • Allow precompiled headers to be shared between projects

              In Visual Studio 2008 and earlier, I believe you could (by an unsupported method) allow one project to generate a precompiled header which other projects could then use. But I understand this is not possible, or only works in limited ways in VS 2010 and later.

              Please add official support for allowing a precompiled header to be shared between projects.

              As a nice to have it would also be ideal if more than one precompiled header could be used by a project so that both a shared and project specific precompiled header could be used.

              See also:

              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/665d4183-f85c-481d-bada-03283b310099/shared-precompiled-header?forum=vclanguage

              http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14048212/can-i-share-a-precompiled-header-between-projects-to-reduce-compile-time

              448 votes
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                20 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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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                  518 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We are excited to announce SlowCheetah 3.0, which now supports JSON transforms. As well, this extension is released under Microsoft so the nugget and vsix name has been changed to Microsoft.VisualStudio.SlowCheetah. The gallery extension supports VS 2015 and VS 2017.

                • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                  Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                  This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                  Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                  459 votes
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                    30 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Hello,

                    We’ve begun work on this and are considering changing the default location for new projects to C:\\USERPROFILE\Source\repos. Would this be a reasonable change to address the problem of “clutter” in the Documents folder? This is currently the default for cloned repositories, so all projects would be in a singular default location.

                    As well, you still retain the option to change the default if you’d like.

                    Allison Buchholtz-Au
                    Program Manager – VS IDE

                  • Add git worktree support

                    Git added the ability have multiple working trees for a single repository.
                    https://git-scm.com/docs/git-worktree
                    When opening a solution from a linked working tree, Visual Studio does not detect as being part of the repository, which deactivate the git features in Visual Studio.

                    Visual Studio should be able support solutions which are in a linked working tree.

                    365 votes
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                      12 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Pull Request comments lose their context

                      Comments in a pull request are tied directly to a line number. Thus, as more commits are added, they will shift around in the file, and become confusing.

                      I don't know what the best solution for this would be, but it's rather disorienting for in-progress stories.

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

                        We’ve actively working on improvements to the pull request platform to enable improved comment tracking when new changes are added in subsequent commits. We have other improvements to the pull request experience underway as well, and you’ll see these changes starting to roll out soon and continue for several sprints.

                        Thanks,
                        Matt Mitrik
                        Program Manager

                      • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

                        Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

                        1,301 votes
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                          started  ·  57 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

                          The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

                          416 votes
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                            24 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Supporters

                            Work has started on including this feature in a future release of Visual Studio.

                            In line with many comments in this thread, we’re planning to provide a means to change the modifier from Ctrl+Click to other options for those who would like to keep Ctrl+Click for selecting words.

                            Thanks!
                            Mark Wilson-Thomas
                            Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

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

                              We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We expect this feature to be released by the end of the year. Not only will you be able to commit to submodules, but you will also be able to view the file history and blame within a submodule.

                              However, VS will not yet have “full” submodule support; you will only be able to have one Git repo open per VS instance. Therefore, working between a submodule and the parent repo will not be seamless. To help us prioritize further submodule features, please open new UserVoice items.

                              Kayla Ngan
                              Program Manager

                            • Add XAMARIN features to VisualStudio update tools

                              Currently VS doesn't check availlable updates for the new Xamarin parts of VS.

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

                                Hi Michael,

                                Thanks for your suggestion.

                                We are already working on fully integrating the Xamarin bits with the Visual Studio update experience.

                                On a related note, we are also working on improving the acquisition experience of current standalone downloads like Xamarin iOS Simulator remoting, Xamarin Profiler, etc., to be available from Visual Studio ‘15’ Setup.

                                This should save you the time and trouble of having to download and install them separately.

                                Victor Garcia Aprea
                                Xamarin Dev Manager

                              • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

                                Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

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                                  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add support for AVX-512 in MASM

                                  Intel's roadmap shows AVX-512 will be available in Xeon soon. I could be developing and testing code now using Intel's emulator. This is very important for high performance computing.

                                  261 votes
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                                  • Make Solutions Load Faster

                                    Larger solutions can take a long time to load. Make it faster, so I can get started on my work right away.

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

                                      (Update 10/18)
                                      Hello again,

                                      I’m Will Buik, a Technical Product Manager on Visual Studio’s IDE team and I am back with an update. We have added an experimental feature to Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 that improves the time it takes to load Solutions. The feature is disabled by default, but you can turn it on through Tools→Options, “Projects and Solutions”→General→“Lightweight Solution load.”

                                      We would love to hear your feedback about how lightweight Solution load works for you. If you are interested in participating in a quick user study to give us some feedback about the feature please fill out this brief survey: https://aka.ms/w2kt3j. We will reach out to you soon.

                                      If you are interested in learning more about lightweight Solution load, check out the VS Blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/10/11/shorter-solution-load-time-in-visual-studio-15/
                                      You can download Visual Studio “15” Preview 5 here – https://www.visualstudio.com/visual-studio-pre-release-downloads/

                                      Thanks everyone, we look forward to your feedback.
                                      -Will

                                    • Visual studio - GIT - propose to prune when fetching the repo

                                      What I'd like to do is that Fetch should be able to do 'git fetch --prune'

                                      I know that I can register a remote to always be pruned with 'git config remote.origin.prune true' but this is not what I want.

                                      I'd like a checkbox on the right of Fetch button for example.

                                      see https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/d283472d-a194-4f55-aee6-205094fb1766/visual-studio-git-always-prune-when-fetching-the-repo-?forum=tfsversioncontrol#87f6bf6b-0b58-46ee-9475-252e11910848

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

                                        We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion. We are pursuing a design that will allow you to set fetch —prune at the global and repo level. We will consider prune on a fetch-by-fetch basis (as requested in this suggestion) for future development.

                                        In the event that you are using Visual Studio 2017, you can set up fetch —prune in your gitconfig and VS will respect those settings.

                                        Kayla Ngan
                                        Program Manager

                                      • Allow switching TypeScript configured version from Project Properties IDE

                                        Currently the only way to switch between TypeScript compiler versions is to manually edit the .csproj or .vbproj setting for the following element:

                                        <TypeScriptToolsVersion>1.0</TypeScriptToolsVersion>

                                        While this isn't impossible it is cumbersome to have to manually modify the project's configuration. I propose it would be better to have this version be reflected via a dropdown or similar selection in the 'TypeScript Build' tab within the project properties. Since TypeScript allows side-by-side installation of the SDKs it would be appropriate to be able to switch between them.

                                        This allows flexibility to target more easily older or newer versions of TypeScript when required.…

                                        206 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

                                          Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

                                          696 votes
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