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  1. Open links in an actual browser

    Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

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      16 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide JavaScript Refactoring Tools

      Just like you have many refactoring tools for c#, it would be nice to have many of those features for JavaScript

      916 votes
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        under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve code analysis

        Improve code analysis
        - Detect when first line of if block and else block are identical (same for last line)
        - Detect methods used only one time - Method is a candidate for in-lining
        - Detect constant defined in class used only one time
        - Detect private property with backing variable having get { return backingVariable; } set {backingVariable=value;} - convert to autoproperty
        - Detect public property used only within the same class - make it protected/private
        - Detect public method used only within the same class - make it protected/private
        - Detect class used only by one other class…

        909 votes
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          12 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add F# support for .NET Native

          I had a conversation with @xyziemba and @dotnet on Twitter recently about the .NET Native toolset and features. I understand the F# is not supported at the moment and that support is unlikely to come in the VS 2015 RTM timeframe. I'd like to suggest that you consider adding this support as soon as possible - even if it means some time after the RTM of VS 2015.

          Since I couldn't find a UserVoice request for this - I wanted to put this in.

          Thanks,
          Krishna

          904 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to configure Source Control settings per project

            Currently, The source control settings can be set per windows user.So if I'm working on different projects and each one has it's own Source Control (VSS,TFS,Tortoise...etc), then every time I want to open one of the project, I have to go and change VS source control settings to meet the source control that is being used for the project...

            This is a time consuming and causes a frustration for me.

            Vote please :)

            894 votes
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            • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

              Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

              882 votes
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                37 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow TFS Task Board to have custom colors

                For example if you could assign a color to an area, then the task cards would be colored to that area

                875 votes
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                • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

                  I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

                  We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

                  859 votes
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                  • Hide Work Item Types (WITs) based on permission/security group

                    Within a team project, you should be able to specify who is allowed to create a specific Work Item Type.

                    A user should only see Work Item Types in the "New Work Item" menu (Team Explorer, TEE, Team Web Access), that the user is allowed to create.

                    822 votes
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                    • make all msdn documentation available off-line

                      Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
                      Thank you

                      791 votes
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                        35 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

                          In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
                          It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

                          786 votes
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                            44 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support a JavaScript Project type in Visual Studio

                            Please provide a new project type in Visual Studio for developing JavaScript components.

                            The new project type could have the following features:

                            - Contains .js, .css, and .html files.
                            - Represents a complete UI component - i.e. a module or widget.
                            - Runs JSLint or JSHint on build and reports any errors and violations.
                            - The build ouput is minified JavaScript and CSS; there should be options for specifying a minifier.
                            - The build output should also output any HTML files (as ASP.Net partial views).
                            - The new project type permits adding references to other JavaScript projects.
                            - Intellisense is…

                            782 votes
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                              under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Languages - JavaScript  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Change Icon for Visual Studio 2015

                              Please change the icon of Visual Studio 2015 to enable differentiation on the taskbar when multiple versions of Visual Studio are installed. Currently the Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015 icon are the same and causing confusion if put side by side on the taskbar (see attachment)

                              Connect Feedback (currently private to Microsoft)
                              https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1553001/icon-differentiation

                              759 votes
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                                22 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Include SQL BI tools in the latest VS version

                                SQL Server 2012 has followed its predecessors as the BI Tools released again with the previous version of VS instead of the latest one.

                                Please, release the BI tools with the latest VS version and include it in SQL Server. Be the IDE really integrated again (or finally)!

                                741 votes
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                                  11 comments  ·  SQL BI Tools (SRS, SSIS, SSAS)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

                                  I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

                                  Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

                                  Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

                                  Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

                                  738 votes
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                                    31 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • support project.json/global.json for all project types, not just ASP.NET

                                    As demonstrated at TechEd, ASP.NET vNext projects support a new Nuget mechanism whereby packages are organized in a by-project project.json file. Also of particular interest is the ability to override the package with local sources in a solution file called global.json, which facilitates a much smoother way to contribute to projects outside the solution. Please do this for all project types.

                                    736 votes
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                                      13 comments  ·  Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Implement x:Bind for WPF

                                      Please implement the x:Bind feature from Universal Windows Apps in WPF.

                                      See http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build/2015/3-635 for a presentation on x:Bind.

                                      727 votes
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                                        8 comments  ·  Windows Presentation Foundation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add submodule support in Visual Studio Git Extension

                                        In the Visual Studio Git extension cloning a repo ignores submodules. When a repo is cloned it should perform a recursive clone through the submodules.

                                        Also, submodules are not shown correctly for commits. Please add support for git submodules.

                                        706 votes
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                                        • Use Nuget to install most of the components

                                          Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

                                          This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

                                          699 votes
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                                            under review  ·  17 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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