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  1. Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017

    Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

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      26 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Thanks for the many comments on this topic. We are listening…

      On behalf of the Visual Studio team, I wanted to share a few responses to some of the questions and concerns raised, in the spirit of sharing with transparency the reasons that led us to the current installer options.

      Visual Studio 2017 is a huge product, because we support so many types of development: from Android to UWP to C++ to Unity to Linux. If we were to still offer a ‘full’ install, it would come in at over 50GB. That’s one huge ISO image!

      We surveyed hundreds of people during the previews and RCs, and people told us that they had historically used an ISO for two reasons: (i) because they wanted to download once and create a network install for enterprise deployment; (ii) because they had a shaky internet connection and wanted to be sure they’d downloaded…

    • Visual Studio For Linux OS

      Release Visual Studio IDE for Linux OS

      174 votes
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        7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

        Please include Visual Basic 6.0 by default on the next version of Windows !

        126 votes
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          33 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve the Structure Visualizer in Visual Studio 2017

          In Visual Studio 2017, some parts of the Structure Visualizer from the Productivity Power Tools were added to Visual Studio.

          Others were not included in the port.

          This UserVoice item is intended to gauge broader feedback for the following capabilities which we've heard about from some users. If voting for this item, please feel free to give a priority on the following in your comments (as well as any other comments you may have):

          1. Different in editor line colors per “block level” (i.e. colors indicate how deep you are only)
          2. Different in editor line colors per semantic unit…

          58 votes
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            12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Silverlight projects in Visual Studio 2017

            I was shocked to discover this by accident while evaluating 2017 to prepare for an upgrade from 2015. I am supporting several live Silverlight projects that are likely to have a lifespan of at least a few more years. This an upgrade blocker for me, and I was really looking forward to 2017.

            Perhaps support could be provided as an extension in a similar way to how support for vdproj (setup) projects was restored.

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              2 comments  ·  Languages - Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support mstest on Windows 10 IoT Core devices

              Support unit testing for UWP applications targeted for ARM based devices using Windows 10 IoT Core.

              73 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support WinAppDriver for Windows 10 IoT Core devices

                Support WinAppDriver for ARM based IoT Core devices to enable automated UI testing using Selenium.

                71 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

                  The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
                  It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

                  -a
                  www.adamcogan.com

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                      3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make Visual Studio suggest explicit type instead of var when ToList is called

                      Currently when the .editorconfig or the Visual Studio settings say that the code should prefer var when the type is apparent Visual Studio suggest that I change code like this

                      List<string> test = Enumerable.Range(1, 2).Select(i => i.ToString()).ToList();

                      I should use var because the type is apparent. It does this even when I have code like GetItems().ToList(); While calling ToList makes it apparent that the type is a List<T> it is not the List that I care about, it is the T. This is a clearly a case where if the type should be explicit (assuming the user set csharp_style_var_when_type_is_apparent =…

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                        0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  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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                          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

                          This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

                          A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

                          https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

                          From the following conversation I had with…

                          131 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Please consider adding ReadyRoll to Visual Studio Professional

                            I was very excited to see the addition of ReadyRoll in the latest update of the Visual Studio 2017 RC, however this will only be available on the Enterprise edition. I think that you should consider including this option in the Professional SKU as well since it is a tool that would be of great help to most professional developers and most of us can only go as far as the Professional Edition of the product.

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                              5 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Visual studio 2017: Add support for Windows store 8 projects (Phone & Desktop).

                              add projects support for Windows Store 8.1 and 8.0, and Windows Phone 8.1 and 8.0 in VS 2017 RTM

                              49 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Reinstate VB5cce (VB5 Control Creation Edition) free download and support

                                As subject. Until 6 days ago, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/165524 had a useful description and endorsement of VB5cce which used to be available for free. Myself and my clients use VB5cce. The article was since unceremoniously deleted (no mention of why, simply a broken link).

                                Please Reinstate it and confirm it is free. Thank you.

                                It is known we can download it from elsewhere, but my users treated this article as an endorsement that it was free to use and supplied by Microsoft. It worked perfectly on Windows 10 64b etc, so I can't see why MS chose to delete all reference to…

                                70 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VS 2017 publish tool

                                  In VS 2017 there is a new Publish tool. But in this tool it is not possible to unselect some files. It is always publishing ALL files.
                                  In the old publish tool you could select Preview and them unselect some of the files. But in the new tool the Preview windows is not connected with the Publish windows, so unselecting in the Preview has no effect.

                                  41 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Web Development Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add windows 10 hamburger menu and title templates by default

                                    This way, it makes it way easier to make our apps fit the default UWP design. (similar to how people could easily make hubs/pivot apps in WP8.1).

                                    35 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 29 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Microsoft can make an update of the VB6 to VB7 (Classic VB)

                                        1) It should be able to create VB Command Line application.
                                        2) API selection dialog which will put the selected API on the project.
                                        3) It should be able to create both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
                                        4) It should also have a feature to create self dependent application which doesn't depend on any runtime library.
                                        5) Change the looks similar to the VS2013/VS2015.

                                        # If Microsoft does create this new COM based programming language I am sure many programmers will switch back to Microsoft.
                                        # And really there is not point in abandoning such a huge crowd of programmers who…

                                        315 votes
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                                          34 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

                                          the idea is: enable us to configure a "Press any key to continue . . ." message at the end of the F5 run of console applications

                                          the rationale behind this is (why I feel this need): I am preparing an introductory programming material and I expect a reader to press F5 *at least* one time for each example... and it is rather stupid that each exercise in such a material MUST end with otherwise completely unnecessary and illogical "Console.ReadlineLine()" statement... teaching beginners to write programs that way just harms their programming minds in their infancy and does not belong…

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