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The Properties tab for an assembly reference should also show the assembly's file version

In for instance a C# project, if we show the properties of a referenced assembly, the properties list has the element "Version" which currently displays the AssemblyVersion. This element should be renamed "Assembly Version" for clarity. Also, a new element "Assembly File Version" should be added.

The motivation for this is that some third party components keep the assembly version constant (i.e. contract version) between minor releases, to reduce need for recompilation of dependent code. Such minor releases will still increase the assembly file version, so that it's possible to distinguish them. Only showing the assembly version in the VS GUI is confusing to the users (as they think they are somehow not getting the correct version) and might lead to bug reports that target the wrong version).

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    Oskar BerggrenOskar Berggren shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. This item has been around for a couple of versions of Visual Studio and we haven’t acted on it. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to close it. If the suggestion is still relevant, please either take a look to see if there’s another suggestion that’s similar that you can vote on, or open a new suggestion.
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