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  1. bring back Build Explorer in Visual Studio 2015

    Build Explorer had been removed in Visual Studio 2015 in favour of a browser based solution.
    Unfortunately not all function of Visual Stduio Build Explorer are available in TFS Web Access.
    Currently it is really frustrating when you need to look at code coverage in source files and not only at the percentage.
    the information is stored in TFS and you can still use it with Visual Studio 2010 - 2013 but needing to use two Visual Studio does not allow to switch completely to Visual Studio 2015.

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

      There is no plan for us to expose VNext builds in the IDE. We’ve improved the experience of viewing your build in other browsers (ie. Chrome, Safari), not just IE/Edge. If you continue to have issues in other browsers, please let us know.

    • Allow to set source control status icons for folders in Solution Explorer

      At the moment source control plugins (e.g. AnkhSVN, VisualHG etc.) have no way to set custom source control status glyph on folders in Solution explorer which makes it very difficult to locate folders that contain changed files.

      VS call to IVsSccManager2.GetSccGlyph() only lists files and not folders therefore making it impossible for source control plugins to provide custom glyphs for folders.

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

        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

        - The Visual Studio Team

      • Create Tasks from a Code Review Comment

        When doing a team based code review from a Code Review item we would like the ability to directly create a task from a code review comment.

        This would help ensure that team agreements made during a code review are met and keep track of work created from a code review.

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

          Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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        • lock/unlock the TFS label

          A new feature for TFS to lock/unlock the label. We create so-called baseline labels. At a certain point, those labels should not be editable any more.

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            1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

            - The Visual Studio Team

          • Bring back the TFS modal check-in dialog box in VS11

            When checking in files from source control explorer in VS2010 and below, you always got a nice modal check-in dialog box that you could easily choose a subset of files to check in from. It would also show you a subset based on what folder you checked in. Now, check-in simply redirects to the new "pending changes" dialog box. There should be a way to still use the old check-in dialog box.

            Note, this suggestion is different from the one that asks to bring back the old pending changes dialog box. I'm talking about bringing back the modal check-in dialog…

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

              Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

              - The Visual Studio Team

            • Hide team projects in source control if you're not connected to them

              If i wanted to see them i would connect to them.

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

                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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              • Provide Interactive rebase support for Visual studio tools for Git

                Please provide Rebase and Interctive Rebase support for visual studio tools for Git

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

                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. 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 relevant, 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

                • Replace "Open Command Prompt" with "Open Git Shell" in Team Explorer for Git based repositories

                  Which should open a PowerShell + Posh-Git console instead of a regular DOS-Shell console. This way it will be easier to work with Git repositories from a command line. Also take a look how "Git Shell" works in "GitHub for Windows" application. We need exactly the same thing which can be opened right from Visual Studio, or even better a PowerShell-based console which would be opened in one of Visual Studio windows (similar to NuGet)

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

                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                    - The Visual Studio Team

                  • Show developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

                    Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

                    41 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                      - The Visual Studio Team

                    • Team Explorer: Add "Source Control Explorer" option to the main drop-down menu

                      In the 2012 Team Explorer, the top item shows a drop menu allowing you to jump between Team Explorer pages (Home, Pending Changes, Work Items, etc).

                      A very common workflow is to switch constantly between Pending Changes, Work Items (bug list) and Source Control Explorer. (e.g. when checking in and merging, which occupies a significant portion of a dev's day). Pending Changes and Work Items are easily accessed from the T.E. drop-menu, but Source Control Explorer is much more tortuous to access (go to Home and click the link under Pending Changes - or go to the main menu View…

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

                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                        - The Visual Studio Team

                      • Provide option to turn off "Source Control - Team Foundation" Output Window messages

                        I find that these messages provide little value, to me at least, and are constantly interrupting my workflow whenever I take action on files that are automatically checked-out.

                        I use two monitors, and have all tool windows on the second monitor maximized so that my primary monitor only displays the code page. When I am executing an activity in Solution Explorer, for example, that causes automatic TFS checkout of a file that is the focus of my attention, I am switched away from Solution Explorer to the Output Window showing output from "Source Control - Team Foundation". Honestly I don't…

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

                          Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                          - The Visual Studio Team

                        • Allow users to customise the colors displayed on the TFS 2012 Agile Kanban boards. They are difficult to read with a lot of data

                          Please refer to the thread I posted on MSDN, it explains it all in greater detail:

                          http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/f6c9af99-3f35-4ffc-8719-2401272022c9/how-to-customise-the-kanban-backlog-board-and-graph-colors-in-tfs-2012

                          At the moment with a lot of States the graphs and display just show in numerous shades of blue making it difficult to read

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

                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                          • Add TFS Service Support to Visual Studio Code Lens Feature

                            Currently, Visual Studio 2013 Code Lens feature supports only TFS Server. Please implement TFS Service support to code lens.

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

                              Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

                              - The Visual Studio Team

                            • TFS cloud service - Encrypt all source code by a custom hash key

                              For the TFS cloud service and Visual Studio as a client -
                              Add support for source code encryption for all source code that is saved in the cloud.
                              The encryption will be done by a custom hash key that each development team/company will create for itself, and will be entered each time a user wants to access source code (from Visual Studio for example).
                              That way it will make startup companies feel more comfortable to host their precious source code in the cloud, although Microsoft claims for accomplishing all the security standards etc.

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

                                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                              • Add SVN support.

                                It would be great if you added a SVN support! Git is great, but still a lot of use SVN everyday. Thanks!

                                27 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                • Show who checked out file in Solution Explorer

                                  When a file is checked out and you mouseover it, it just says "Checked out by someone else or in another place".

                                  Sometimes I want to know who has the file checked out to make sure that we don't both work on the same issue. I have to go to Team Explorer and find the file in order to find out who has checked out the file which is rather painful.

                                  27 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                  • Search ability in TFS Source Control History

                                    It would be very useful to filter / search in the source control history. Be able to group changes by a specific user, search for keywords etc.

                                    23 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we havenÕt acted on it. Looking at the VS Ò15Ó plans, weÕre not going to take action on this item, so weÕre going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if thereÕs another suggestion thatÕs similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.

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                                      • add multi instance TEAM EXPLORER windows

                                        Team Explorer shows many different things in the same window. It would be nice to pin one or more of these views in the same way as the Solution Explorer does.

                                        18 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve working offline

                                          Two suggestions:

                                          - When VS cannot connect to TFS when opening a solution, the alternatives in the popup window should be "Try again", "Work offline" or "Cancel". This way you can decide how to deal with the connection issue yourself instead of automatically opening offline.

                                          - The "Go Online" button is great. What I really miss is the "Go offline". I work on my way to home after work for example, and then you often go from a connected state and where you can't connect to TFS anymore. Now you have to close the whole solution and then open it…

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

                                            Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. 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 relevant, 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

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