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  1. Make the upgrade process easier and more flexible.

    Particularly with regard to C++. We work with various projects and it isn't always practical to upgrade a project to VS2015, or the latest update of VS2015.
    As an example, we started work on a project that was on VS2015 Update 1. Yet at the time, the install process only gave the choice of VS2015 without updates, or Update 2.

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      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add the Ignored() method to class Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting.Assert

      Sometimes executing a test may not be suitable, depending on a situation that can only be detected at run time of the test. In this case I call Assert.inconclusive() but I would rather call Assert.Ignored() because 'inconclusive' usually means that the test is not completely implemented. Further, knowing how many tests are 'ignored' rather than 'inconclusive' improves knowledge about our test suite.
      The [Ignore] attribute will not do because it must be defined when the test is implemented, not when it runs.

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        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • The conflict resolution window really needs to show, per conflict block, the changes (additions/deletions) performed by each of the changes.

        I'm experiencing this when operating on a GIT repo. I don't know what the experience would be on other source control systems.

        Right now, the window shows the Source & Target files, with the difference blocks box-highlighted in green (for resolved differences) and in red (for conflicting differences). But from this view it's pretty difficult to see what was added vs. removed vs. modified in each side of the merge. It should be able to show all those differences, per block, at a touch of a button.

        As it is, this can be done by opening the Source vs. Base…

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          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide more meaningful messages than "Unable to attach to the process. Operation not supported. Unknown error: 0x80004005."

          Provide more meaningful messages than "Unable to attach to the process. Operation not supported. Unknown error: 0x80004005."

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            1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • "skip all"

            When installing VS2015 offline from ISO Image, there are numerous packages missing. The installer always requests to download the package from the internet, skip the package or chose a new source.

            To perform the setup anyways, it is required to skip a huge amount of packages for example for C++.

            Add a button "Skip all further packages"

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              0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When you're implementing an interface, carry over the comments

                When I create an interface, and add comments to the method signatures, then implement the interface, the comments don't carry over

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                  1 comment  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Settable font size for every window

                  Have a user settable font size for each window. I use 3 monitors when coding, and each monitor holds one window, such as Solution Explorer or code windows. The Solution Explorer runs on a high res monitor and the font is too small to easily read. I would love to make this font larger, but don't want the windows on the other two monitors to grow in font size automatically, because they are lower res screens and the resultant font size would be too large for them.

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                    0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • User friendly names for Make Object ID

                    When we use Make Object ID feature from debugging it gives names like $1 $2. I think it might be a better if we can give some labels like $lastRecord, $importantObject etc.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • tab to choose from dropdown

                      Currently there is no easy way to choose one of the options from dropdown while writing code. Can you please change behavior of tab key to switch between the dropdown options and enter key to use the current option?

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add support of project and collection level variables to Release Management for TFS on premises

                        Now both release management system and vNext builds have ability to store custom build variables and use them in release and build definitions. But user is not able to share this variables across the build/release definitions and projects.

                        So it will be very convinient to store some variables (such as connections, passwords, etc) at project collection level in order to reuse them in different release and build definitions.

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                          1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Release Team Explorer Standalone for Visual Studio 2015 (and future versions)

                          Will you reconsider releasing Team Explorer for Visual Studio (VS) 2015 as standalone like the previous versions? Not having it puts us in situations where we have to deploy different VS versions. For example, we have users that only need the database tooling, Business Intelligence (BI) templates, and Team Foundation Server (TFS) integration and we can achieve this with installing SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for 2013, SSDT-BI, and Team Explorer for VS 2013 followed by the latest VS patch. For our MSDN users, we can deploy the SSDT 2015 version and it includes everything we need because those users…

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                            0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve visual c++ SSE2 intrinsic code generation. VS 2015 Update 3 clang still does not support _mm_packus_epi16() and _mm_mulhi_epi16()

                            VS 2015 Update 3 clang still does not support _mm_packus_epi16() and _mm_mulhi_epi16() apis.

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                              1 comment  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support GCC extension!

                              Support GCC extension!

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                                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Color the Intellisense Tooltip like in C#

                                When using C++ the Intellisense tooltip is just black hard-to-read text on a grey background while in C# parameters, types etc. are colored and thus much easier to read and understand.

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                                  0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Their is no option to inactive ResolutionType and FailureType in MTM.

                                  Like we have environment active/inactive similarly we need to have flag for FailureType and Resolution Type. The drop down should contain the values only active ones. This will help the user not to worry about the values which are associated to the test results during deletion. In my project we have millions of test results where it is impossible to deassociate the existing value.

                                  Please refer to this thread.
                                  https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/e283c190-3c75-4bbf-ab97-1b9aad40882a/sort-and-inactive-failure-and-resolution-type?forum=vsmantest

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                                    0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Search within a namespace in the "Object Browser"

                                    I rarely use the Object Browser, its slow and doesn't work well for me.

                                    Normally, I just want to see what types are around in my own codebase, i.e. my solution and all references to *my* libraries.

                                    In short, I want to only look in types within MyCompany.* namespace.

                                    In general, the whole tool needs a reboot for 2017.

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                                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • VS 2015 bad support for managing test methods

                                      No wonder MSFT might have received number of complaints for removing Test list editor.. It was breaking change. Not only that but there is only one Test Explorer which is not upto mark for organizing test methods.
                                      1. If Test is in progress, it keeps on showing last status of the test method.. how to track which test method is currently running.
                                      2. data driven tests results are not organized and difficult to trace the results of Data driven test method.
                                      3. Grouping based on Category?? what is the logic behind this.. Think about the test method having more than…

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                                        0 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add Shared Project reference to (mvc) web applications, and here's how

                                        Visual Studio 2015 came with Shared Projects.
                                        But web applications cannot use them. There is no support for adding a reference to them.

                                        I can understand the problems with it. IIS Express cannot coop with files that are not physically where they are supposed to be. Shared Projects ideally would map their file structure virtually over the physical structure.
                                        You don't want a copy, for that would effect versioning systems and has other undesirable side effects.

                                        So, the solution lies in reworking IIS Express. All it has to know is the physical location of the shared project(s) and map them…

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                                          0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Write out breakpoint information more frequently.

                                          Save the breakpoint settings after changes. Windows 10 just rebooted, unexpectedly (it saw an opportunity when I stopped typing, doh!) . Now the breakpoints in all modified files are in the wrong place (i.e. on the "old" source lines).
                                          If a Windows update forced reboot allows it, then save at VS close down.

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