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  1. Coded UI to support complex gestures like Longpress and drag and drop in single gesture method

    There are instances in different windows store apps that you need to long press on a control to make it draggable and then holding the press you continue to drag the control to the desired location within app. currently this can not be achieved with the gesture methods available in CodedUI for windows store. Having support for this kind of gestures will help the automation engineers to achieve automation of these gestures.

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      0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Microsoft VB6 programming - reopen this suggestion and update VB6

      The suggestion to bring back and update the classic VB6 programming language is the most popular in Visual Studio UserVoice with over 5200 comments.

      Please now re-open this suggestion
      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi
      and allow posters to vote as well as comment.

      VB6 programming isn't going to go away just because Microsoft declines a suggestion on UserVoice. Allow voting to see the strength of demand for this suggestion.

      Then bring back VB6, update it to include the changes made in the VBA programming language (v7.x) and extend it to allow "compiling" to JavaScript.

      https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio-2015/suggestions/3440221-bring-back-classic-visual-basic-an-improved-versi

      215 votes
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        13 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create a UTF8 C-runtime

        In the past few years I've worked on cross platform apps, mostly between Windows and linux. The biggest stumbling block are path and file names. In our latest project, it got so clunky, that we decided to drop all the UNICODE code compile the Windows side in MBCS. One thing that would help would be to have a C-runtime which works with UTF8 (also having one that drops the underscores would be another huge help.)

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          9 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  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.

          198 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide the option to disable Git publish in visual studio status bar.

            After the latest update (2) there is a new Publish button in the bottom right of the IDE. Doesn't state what it does, and even though TFVC is used it still creates a GIT repository on right click. Please provide an option to disable that button and please don't make my source control choices for me.

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              4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • property sheet location

              In the property manager it is not possible to find out who or which file is importing a certain property sheet.
              You see that the property sheet is imported but not where exactly. This makes it very hard to find out.

              My suggestion would be that there is a context menu to jump to the file or a property which shows where the sheet is imported.

              28 votes
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                0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...

                Dear Microsoft,

                It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.

                So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed…

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                  6 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Solution Explorer Context Menu - "Register Assembly" in a bad place...

                  Right click a project in the VS Solution Explorer, the bottom item used to always be "Properties". This has been changed in Update 2 to now be "Register Assembly".

                  I am always using the Porperties menu item, but keep accidentally clicking "Register Assembly" which on my machine causes VS to crash to desktop when I cancel the dialogue that pops up.

                  Please move the "Register Assembly" menu item somewhere else so that "Properties" is the bottom item.

                  74 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • On XAML Editor add "Fit All" and "Fit Selection" buttons

                    Add two buttons for “Fit all” and “Fit selection”, because is a very frequent action and opening a pull down menu is really much more time consuming than clicking a button.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Give user a way to turn off Microsoft Git Provider completely.

                      The only two things Microsoft Git Provider does is
                      - cause problems for ReSharper (file is still read-only bug that is there for like two versions of VS)
                      - eat CPU time

                      It would be nice if there was a way to disable this abomination completely and not have it come back to life every time I reload Visual Studio.

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                        0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add freestanding compilation mode

                        Compiler generates implict calls to CRT (this includes C library calls like memcpy or memset but also compiler specific helpers like lldiv, llrem, llshl and friends). This is a request for a freestanding mode of compilation where compiler does not generate implict calls to CRT.

                        Alternative solution could be to make the implictly used portion of CRT a separate, self-contained library released under more permissive license or clearly document the required calls.

                        Lack of this feature makes it particularly hard to build a BIOS, embedded application or unikernel using Visual Studio compiler.

                        While this may not be simple for C++…

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                          1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow installation of Visual Studio from the Windows 10 Store app

                          Project Centennial has created a path for classic Windows desktop apps to move to the Windows Store. I would really like to have as many store apps as possible on my PC to avoid blasting files and registry entries all over the place. The new VS Installer is much improved, but this would help keep PC's pristine.

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                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add csproj project file to current solution

                            When navigate folders in the Source Control Explorer pane, you should be able to right-click on .csproj files and add them to the solution currently open in Solution Explorer.
                            If no solution exists, a new one can be created, as default.

                            In this way you can cherry-pick a desired set of project to work on.

                            27 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Set COMPLUS_FORCEENC to 1 for any process launched using "Start without debuggging"

                              I assume that the fact that you spent time on engineering the 'Edit and continue on attach' feature announced here:

                              https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/04/29/net-enc-support-for-lambdas-and-other-improvements-in-visual-studio-2015/

                              means that you recognise that there are circumstances where developers don't want to launch their process under the debugger even when they are planning to use it later. This is great; so thanks! Unfortunately it's a little bit awkward to use at the minute but I think this could be addressed with a minor improvement in Visual Studio...

                              The ideal thing would be to simply make sure that COMPLUS_FORCEENC=1 is added to the environment of any process launched using…

                              42 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Add ligatures to Consolas font

                                I like coding with ligatures, using FiraCode font:
                                https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode

                                But as much as I like the ligatures, I find the font itself (letters and numbers) to be less nice than Consolas, which I really like.

                                My suggestion is to add optional ligatures to Consolas, for people who want them.

                                195 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • VS 2017 - Enable xUnit to be the default test framework for CodedUI

                                  CodedUI only supports the MSTest framework, xunit works cross platform and is a joy to use(https://youtu.be/Mw5lODrvELk). Please enable CodedUI(https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd286726.aspx) to work with xUnit by default.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Better Window Snapping on 4K Screens

                                    Please imrpove Windows Snapping for giant 4K, or even bigger, Scrrens. I really would like to see a 2x2, 3x2 and 4x1 Window Grid

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                                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Self-hosted WCF services stack in .NET Core

                                      I would like to see the WCF service side being made available in the .NET core, so that we can continue developing WCF services and start targeting other platforms.

                                      Ultimately I would like to see the full stack including the common bindings: NetTcp, NetPipe, and maybe WsHttpBasic.

                                      But to cut this short, my priority lies with the self-hosting and the base classes for custom bindings. This way, the community can start implementing the various bindings on their own, while Microsoft can focus on getting the core of WCF right.

                                      70 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Stop suggesting application insights, the pop up is rather annoying.

                                        Stop suggesting application insights, the pop up is rather annoying.

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                                          4 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support syntax highligh rendered markdown, its currently only supported while editing the md file

                                          While editing a markdown file online in VSO you can see that the syntax highlight works for the fenced block of code (see attached screen shoot).

                                          however when you are done editing and the actual rendering of the markdown file is shown. the syntax highlighting disappears (see second attachement).

                                          it is obvious syntax highlighting is possible for the language, both because it is doing it in the editing form, and because VSO can render other CSharp files with syntax highlighting.

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                                            0 comments  ·  Accessibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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