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  1. Windows 8 Touch keyboard in WPF

    Please implement a simple way to show and control the Windows 8 Touch keyboard from WPF.
    Something like this: http://brianlagunas.com/showing-windows-8-touch-keyboard-wpf/
    But it would be nice if it's not a need to disable the RealTimeStylus!

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      0 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add build numbers manually for environments where Source Control for TFS is not used.

      Our project is managed using TFS2010 but code is managed using SVN.
      Currently I have to run a fake Build Definition to add a build number in TFS so builds can be assigned to a Test Plan.

      I suggest to allow the user to add a build number in MTM manually with a description of what is the desired test areas and also allow the user to link work items to be tested to the build.

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        3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow DLL debugging for Unity projects without any source code

        We work with many separate, related Unity projects. One project contains all the C# source code, and we build a DLL that we then distribute to the other Unity projects. Some of these "downstream" projects lack any actual scripts of their own, so the UnityVS solution that's created by the plugin doesn't contain any projects by default. I can still add the external "upstream" C# projects to the solution, as outlined in the documentation for external DLL debugging, however the debugger cannot connect! If the project I want to debug doesn't contain any raw source code (or a project of…

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          0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Tools for Unity  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi!

          Thanks for this suggestion!

          That’s an interesting scenario that we will consider. We’re also considering providing specialized class library project with support for deploying the compiled .dll into the Unity project and convert the .pdb into the Unity supported debug symbol file format.

          Jb Evain, Senior SDE Lead, Tools for Unity

        • F5 debug/deploy to remote PCs and virtual machines

          F5 debug/deploy should be able to install my application to a remote PC or virtual machine, that is running the same or a different version of Windows. Much like F5 debug/deploy for Phone can deploy my app onto the phone device or emulator ahead of running. And just like it can deploy apps to Windows Azure.

          For virtual machines, Visual Studio should interface with popular machine monitors such as Hyper-V and VMWare, so it can launch and provision a VM instance, not just connect to an already-running VM.

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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Views history comment in Pending changes

            In the "Pending Changes" tab

            1) If the Comment field is selected
            2) The text is empty
            3) Pressing down arrow to view the last 10 comments.

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            • Add "Open With" menu for attachments in TFS Work Items

              Current, opening an attachment in TFS launches a web browser which then downloads the file.

              Depending on which browser you are using you may have to
              a) log in to TFS again
              b) save the file somewhere
              c) open the file

              It would be much nicer to open the attachment directly from the context menu for the attachment - probably by asking the Windows Shell to open the file.

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              • Include ObservableSet/ObservableHashSet to BCL

                In .NET 3.5 the BCL team finally introduced HashSet. But we had to wait until .NET 4.0 to get an ISet interface. For 4.5, can we please get an ObservableSet or ObservableHashSet (whatever they'd like to call it) class? (For 5.0 I'm planning to ask for a ReadOnlyObservableSet, but I'll try not to overwhelm the BCL team by requesting that too soon.)

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Button to filter the checked in / undo pending changes files to only current project files (Eclipse plugin)

                  Any chance of adding to the eclipse plugin, the same button there is in Visual Studio (filter by solution button)?

                  If added I think it would be best to add it in the same place and situation when it shows in Visual Studio. In Visual Studio, when I'm about to do any check in I see this:

                  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0002.png

                  And when I click the button to filter by solution I see the list shrunk to only the files from the current solution like so:

                  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0003.png

                  In Eclipse button I would love similar feature, that would filter the files depending on the…

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                  • Add Blend to Open With menu in Windows

                    Blend for VS2013 was in Open With menu, but only Visual Studio Version Selector was in suggested apps. Now with Blend for VS2015 it's not even included in Open With menu! Please bring it back at least!

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                      0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable Auto Recover option in VS2010 Isolated Shell

                      In VS2008 Isolated Shell, the auto recover option is available. However, in VS2010 the auto recover is disabled (greyed out). Can you please re-enable this IDE feature for the Isolated Shell?

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Setting for default "filter by solution" state (Visual Studio TFS)

                        Any chance to put some setting in visual studios plugin, to enable or disable this setting by default? What I mean is, now every time I'm going into the visual studio's checkin window, I have to hit that button. I would like to decide whether I want for this option to be enabled by default when I go there or not.

                        Currenty every time I opne check in I see this:

                        https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0002.png

                        I'd like to have an option I can set, to always see this:

                        https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/23242740/ScreenShots/2013-05-29%20Image_0003.png

                        sincerely
                        Lucas

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                        • remove modal dialogs

                          Remove modal dialogs
                          Trying to develop reports using the report designer is bad enough due to the often poor rendering without the pain of having to drill up and down through dialogs each and every time you want to preview it

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                            1 comment  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Synchronous API for Silverlight under Secondary Threads

                            Silverlight (and now Metro) have only asynchronous calls. This is done to avoid developers from using synchronous calls when they should not do it.
                            But, what's the problem of using synchronous calls from secondary threads? It is very easy to check if the thread is the main thread (or even to put a StaticAttribute and check if it is a UI thread or anything else).

                            Synchronous calls avoid unnecessary delegates and complexity and, in many cases, have better performance.

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                              3 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms ea

                              Something that would make code more portable for win 7 phones! Other mobile platforms support C++, which makes porting between platforms easier. Look, I'm not espousing love for C++. It's a language with problems, for sure. But for those of us who want to program for multiple platforms, we don't want to have to port between say, C# and Java or, even worse, C# and objective-C. I am aware that there exist C# to objective-C guidelines published by Microsoft, and that Java and C# are relatively easy to port to one another. That's not the point. The point is that…

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                                1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Include Blend for Visual Studio Express for Desktop 2013

                                Blend is not available for people developing WPF apps using VS Express 2013.

                                This means visual states, animations and behaviours are all much trickier to develop.

                                Blend for WPF was previously available for VS Express 2012 and is currently available for VS 2013 as well as other Express 2013 editions, but NOT Express for Desktop 2013.

                                Please update Blend for VS Express Desktop 2013.

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                                  0 comments  ·  Blend for Visual Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • using keyword over methods

                                  Today the "using" keyword can be used to create try/finally blocks in a easy and safe manner. The problem is that using keyword requires an IDisposable instance.
                                  But in many situations we have a start/end approach, lock/unlock or similar that do not return any value and, surely have a better performance if no helper object is created.
                                  So, I think that it will be great if void methods can be marked with "finalizer" methods, so when used in a using clause, the compiler can create the right begin/end block.

                                  I have a sample at: http://www.paulozemek.com/Polarlight.TestPage.aspx

                                  There, the Initialize method is…

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                                    3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • VS Online REST API: Do not use PATH based syntax for file download...

                                    Syntax for downloading file using Visual Studio Online REST API:
                                    http://{account}.visualstudio.com/defaultcollection/_apis/tfvc/items/{path}

                                    The resource path (Example: $/Project/SomeFolder/SomeFile.txt) is provided as part of the URL.

                                    With this syntax, Visual Studio Online default security comes in way of files like web.config

                                    Such files are blocked (404) and can't be downloaded using REST API.

                                    The REST API should take the resource path as query string parameter.

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                                    • Enable Installation of 64Bit Applications

                                      For a development tool in 2014 it should be absolutely self-evident that the distribution of real 64Bit Applications is possible without the need to buy a separate license. InstallShield LE is crippled in a lot of features but that's a real show stopper.

                                      BTW is it really necessary that Install Shield LE shows so very prominently which features are not available (crippled)? On most pages it's hard to find the few options that are available.

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                                        1 comment  ·  InstallShield LE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Attach to process on Android

                                        It should be available to attach to any process on Android in MSVS 2015+.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Multi-Device Hybrid Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve Outlining and Regions

                                          * Many of my ASP.NET files lose the ability to collapse HTML. Edit > Outlining does not remain set across uses of VS2010.

                                          * When copying #regions the pasted results are no longer collapsed

                                          A tad more refinement in outlines and regions would be very useful.

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