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  1. Fix the Project Properties to default to the current Platform/Config (previous VS behavior)

    Allow the Project Properties to always default to the current Platform/Configuration which was the behavior prior to VS2015.

    The new behavior that uses the last known Project Properties settings from the Registry is not very intuitive and drastically changes the behavior from all previous versions of VS. The amount of time and frustration spent in trying to look into an issue only to realize you've been modifying properties for a different Platform/Configuration has become problematic.

    I would prefer that the previous (prior to VS2015) Project Property behavior was the default, but allowing the user to select how they want the…

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    • Bring back the IDE icon before Update 1

      The Visual Studio icon after the Update 1 is poor. Why, why, why you made this? Bring back the old one please.

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      • can download in steps and like play pause

        we cant download it in just always download when installing .
        and can download in play pause mode

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        • Show the total work remaining on the parent Backlog Items and on the Features like you do in Sprints.

          In VSO, in a sprint the Remaining Work displays the total for all of the tasks assigned to a parent bug or backlog item. In the main backlog this does not show the total, but the tasks do show their remaining work on them.

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          • The "running" build status should distinguish between builds waiting for an agent and builds in progress

            When I queue several builds, they first ones immediately show the "play" symbol in various overviews (queued builds, pull requests, git commits and so on). However it may take up to 5 minutes before the build actually
            gets an agent and starts to build. If I am in a congested situation and need to cancel some builds to get another one through, it would be helpful to see which ones have actually not started and which ones are, to make a correct decision on which builds to cancel. The icon and status should therefore indicate wether the build is just…

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            • Limit users inside a VSTS to only see other users in the same team project

              To comply for GDPR, we need an easy / maintainable way to limit users inside VSTS to only see other users in the same team project. Currently users can see other users from all team projects because users are managed on collection level instead of team project level.

              This involves the User overview list and the assign workitem dropdown field.

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              • Allow Discussion text to be exported into Excel as a column option

                It is currently not possible to export the Discussion text within an item (bug, deliverable, etc.) to Excel. When viewing the column options, Discussion is not available.

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                • Adding download speed to Visual Studio Installer

                  Because the sizes of some visual studio extensions are very huge it would be nice to see the current download speed and also how long it will take to complete the download, so people with very inconsitant or slow download speed get feedback about their situation

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                  • VSO/VSTS Pull Request Integration Inside Visual Studio

                    I think better integration of Visual Studio and VSTS would really help streamline my workflows.

                    Example:
                    - VS2017 knows what my current git branch is, and if there is a remote branch associated with it
                    - VSTS knows what Pull Request is associated with that remote git branch
                    - VSTS has a list of comments associated with that pull request
                    - VS2017 could have a ribbon allowing me to iterate through the comments (and would load the file at the correct line in the IDE), or a side bar showing a list of all the comments with buttons to filter…

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                    • Get back Visual Studio 2010 icons.

                      The new "modern" icons are ugly.

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                      • Change the ugly Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 Icon

                        The new update 1 icon too ugly

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                        • Add mention alert replies to the discussion

                          When I am @mentioned in a work item discussion, and alert is sent to me via email. If reply to the email, I would like to see my reply added to the work item discussion

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                          • Simplify adding References by allowing drag-and-drop in Solution Explorer

                            After adding a library project to a solution, it’s quite an arduous process to then all add a reference to it to the main project.

                            Let me drag and drop the library project onto the “References” node of the target project to add the reference painlessly and without a dialog interaction.

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                            • Provide a way to remove Send Feedback icon from toolbar

                              There should be a simple way to remove the Send Feedback icon from toolbar. It's already available under Help > Send Feedback.

                              14 votes
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                              • Support all TFS client UI in Visual Studio IDE (WI form, MTM, ... )

                                Do not deprecate work item form in the next major version of Visual Studio. Implement all the commonly used functionality in the Team Explorer.

                                14 votes
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                                • Easy cloning of steps in TFS vNext build definitions

                                  Some TFS vNext build definitions consist of a long list of similar steps with only slightly different parameters. Creating such a build definition is tedious because each step has to be created using "Add build step". Having a simple clone function on the steps level would be very helpful.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Add color codes to tabs influenced by the tabs project or file type.

                                    I am currently working on a solution with 5 projects in it. I would like to be able to color the project line in Solution Explorer and have file tabs from that project share its color.

                                    I would also like to be able to set colors for tabs so that different file types have different colors.

                                    These two ideas can be combined by making the left half of a tab match the project and the right half match the file.

                                    I do not care if this makes the window ugly, I want function, not form.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • Fix Find References, Go to Implementation re generic types

                                      If I have a type definition ISomething<T>, and have a number of different implementations (for class Foo, Bar), If I hover over "ISomething<Bar>" and use Find References, I don't want to see any "ISomething<Foo>" nonsense in the results. Show me that if I do it to "ISomething<T>" Same exact thing applies to Go to Implementation.

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                                      • column width

                                        Dear Microsoft,

                                        Currently I am obliged to use your product Visual Studio TFS in my professional labors. While this product is wonderfully adequate in many ways, I would like to bring to your attention what I can only describe as a bug. (It is an abusive irritant that daily chalkboard-nails my every nerve, so it is at least a bug, if not a sin or a crime.) This inexplicable oddity is not a fun, idiosyncratic character flaw; and I beg of you - do not embarrass yourself by calling it an unappreciated 'feature'.

                                        Here is the issue: When I open…

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                                        • Transparent tile on start menu

                                          Simply add a transparent tile to Visual Studio 2017 as for Visual Studio 2015

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