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  1. add folders for build definitions in Team Explorer

    I would like to have folders for my build definitions in Team Explorer that allow me to organize and apply batch updates to several definitions at once. I could apply security to the various folders which would be inherited by the build definitions underneath. Batch updates could include regular expression modification of the build definition names, workspace folders, drop locations, and/or projects to build.

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    • Provide the ability to convert a work item to a different type

      ...for example, change an existing work item from an Issue to a Bug, etc.

      Users less familiar with the system frequently enter work items using the wrong work item type. Currently, you can't fix these items.

      478 votes
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      • Add ability to hide/mask fields in a work item based on security/permissions

        Currently you can make work item fields READ-ONLY for certain groups of users. We would like to have the ability to hide fields or to mask the value of the field as well based on security permissions.

        For example we require our PM's, Dev's and QA's to enter time estimates for enhancements and defects. These are values that we don't want our Sales/Consulting teams and potentially End-Users from seeing.

        467 votes
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        • Allow to move more than one file at once in TFS source control

          It is currently only possible to move files one by one in TFS source control, which means that it takes a lot of time to move several files from one place to another place. It would be great if one could select multiple files and move them to another place at once.

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          • Easy way delete a task or work item in Team Foundation Server

            It is common to make a few mistakes, duplicates etc when entering a bunch of new work items or tasks. There is no easy way to delete the bad ones and try again.

            I know it is possible to to do this from the comamnd line, but it is a pain and defeats the purpose of having a GUI. The end result is that poor items get left in the project because it is a pain in the *** to remove them and start over.

            442 votes
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              This is a great idea! Although we plan to make this available to you in the near future, we are still in the planning process. We will check back as soon as possible with any updates to this request.

              - Justin Marks (Microsoft)

            • Use a build controller over more than one Team Project Collections

              Make it possible to have one (or more) build controllers that can be used by one or more team project collections. This makes it possible to have one build mainframe, and a lot of team project collections (e.g. per customer a collection).

              373 votes
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              • Provide PowerPoint Storyboarding add-in as an individual install

                Provide the option as part of the Visual Studio installation to only choose the PowerPoint storyboarding add-in rather than the entire Visual Studio suite. This would be especially useful for graphic designers that may need tools such as PowerPoint storyboarding add-in and not the full version of Visual Studio.

                361 votes
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                • Support converting TFS online project from TFSVC to Git

                  I want to be able to convert an existing project in TFS online from using TFSVC version control to Git. Currently I can only get Git by creating a new project.

                  354 votes
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                    Thanks for the suggestion! We’re currently working on adding support to allow Git repos to be added to TFVC team projects in the near future. We’ll provide more details as we get closer to completing this work.

                    Matt Mitrik
                    TFS Program Manager

                  • Move workitem between team projects

                    make it easy to split team projects into multiple team projects, moving work items between them.

                    346 votes
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                    • Enhance the Open Query in Microsoft Excel to allow cross-project queries to be exported.

                      Now we get error: TF208015: You are trying to add work items that are not in the selected team project for this Microsoft Excel file. Only the work items from the *** team project will be added to your work item list. If you want to add work items from another team project, open a new Microsoft Excel file from that team project.

                      Are you kidding me? How is it the TF client can display the results of the query, but the export cannot handle them too? Makes it incredibly cumbersome to manage program-level reporting...

                      341 votes
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                      • Import/export data from Visual Studio Online

                        possibility to export a collection and import it in an on premises installation and the other way

                        330 votes
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                          We have included both import and export from Visual Studio Online on our product backlog. Brian has some more information about data export available here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2014/02/21/vs-online-early-adopter-program-extended-to-may-7-2014.aspx

                          Additionally, this week at TechEd North America we have announced that we have partnered with OpsHub to create a free migration utility to move the most requested data including history from TFS to VSO. You can find out more details on this migration utility that was released here: http://bit.ly/OpsHubBlogPost. We will also continue to include proper import support on our backlog for future investments.

                          Thanks!
                          Ed Blankenship, Ewald Hofman, and Andrea Scripa
                          Visual Studio Online Team

                        • Visualize Blocked Task in Task board

                          In TFS 2012 (Scrum Template) you can set a Task to Blocked. Problem is you need a query to see a task is blocked. I suggest Visualizing it in the Sprint board so that Team member know the item is blocked.

                          311 votes
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                            Coming soon… we’re building plans for this now. We’re starting with additional fields and tags on cards, but a first class blocked indicator will come shortly after.

                            Thanks.
                            Aaron Bjork
                            @aaronbjork

                          • Make TFS more Audit Friendly

                            We have outside auditors come in and they want to see stuff like who gave Jerry Project admin rights and when and how long did he have it? Items like that It would be nice to find info like that. It would also be nice to be able to export all of the users of a project in the groups that they are in.

                            307 votes
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                            • TFS The +Add Backlog item should not default to the current iteration

                              On the HOME screen in TFS web access, if you click on "+Add Backlog Item" button, the new backlog item defaults to the current active iteration. This is an unfortunate decision as it means that the item (most likely) will automatically appear on the board without being approved by the product owner. We should have the ability to specify a "default iteration" used for creating new items similar to how we have a default area.

                              304 votes
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                              • Provide TF build activities like "deploy web app", "deploy database", or "copy file"

                                Currently, to get these features into a CI build, we have to pass a lot of MS Build properties around. Having gone through the trouble of creating my own templates to handle these features, it would be nice to see them included out of the box.

                                299 votes
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                                • Versioning of Work Items

                                  Work Items currently already have revisions saved and make them visible by looking at the history tab, however this should be a first class feature. Allow users to navigate back and forth in time, compare versions and most importantly, let work item template editors specify which attribute and state machine changes trigger a major (x.) or minor (.y) change. For example changes to the 'Description' field in our environment always causes a major change from e.g. 1.0 (or 1.1, 1.2 etc) to 2.0. Same goes for status state changes from 'In Review' to 'Released'.

                                  289 votes
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                                  • Provide Stash support in visual studio tools for Git

                                    There's no way i can stash my changes in Visual studio tools for git or any third party Git tools like mSysGit. Its great to support it.

                                    266 votes
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                                    • Make code review feature usable

                                      The current philosophy seems to be that only active team members can participate in code reviews which are always made for one check-in. Here are a few suggestions on how to make it more usable.
                                      1) Make it web-based so one doesn't need Visual Studio (and sources for entire solution). This way one could easily ask for consultancy from a remote expert
                                      2) Make it possible to create review request afterwards and possibly spanning multiple check-ins. The current practise suggests people to do huge check-ins which is not a best practise.
                                      3) Have the comments to make a discussion tree.…

                                      265 votes
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                                        Thanks for the feedback on the code review features. We’re currently in the planning process for improving TFVC code reviews. We’ll come back and update this when we have a better idea of the release timeframe.

                                        Matt Mitrik
                                        TFS Program Manager

                                      • Implement TFS Build for linux (Create Linux build agent)

                                        Allow to use fullfeatured TFS build agent on linux machines

                                        264 votes
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                                        • Create a new view in TFS Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map

                                          Using the new Features capability in TFS 2013, add a new view in Task Board to view backlog as a User Story Map, allowing teams to visualize their system and helping them to prioritize and plan their releases. (http://www.agileproductdesign.com/blog/the_new_backlog.html)

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