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  1. Please, make a 64bit version of VS IDE....!!!

    Idea is simple... Visual Studio x64 version!!

    64 votes
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      4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Cloud-based iOS emulator instead of remoted iOS simulator for Windows

      Windows developers need a free cloud-based iOS emulator instead of current simulator that needs a Macbook.

      174 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • real solution folders

        I think this has been asked several times around here and closed without a proper explanation.

        I've got a solution with lots of projects, I would like to group some of the related projects in the same folder.

        At the moment you can do that with "virtual" solution folders, why can't we just map these to disk?

        27 votes
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          0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Stop doing heavy work in the Visual Studio UI thread.

          If you are working on enormous projects, searching and command autocomplete will run without a way to interrupt them, locking up the entire editor until they finish. For example using >of in a project with thousands of files causes a search to run for every key stroke in the UI thread, which can take many seconds to minutes to complete.

          Doing things async is UI 101...

          32 votes
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            1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • support setting a custom logger for msbuild from within visual studio without an extension

            One can implement a custom logger for msbuild (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171471.aspx) and supplying it in the /logger parameter.

            This works like a charm when using msbuild from outside of visual studio. Inside of visual studio there is not way to supply a logger to msbuild.

            It can be accomplished by writing a visual studio extension - but this adds an additional hurdle and sometimes is not an option.

            We also don't want to resort to workaround like: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/28733875/can-a-msbuild-custom-logger-be-specified-within-a-project-file/28806181#28806181

            18 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Extensibility  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create a Ubiquitous .NET Client Application Development Model

              This vote is for developers who wish to see the idea of a ubiquitous .NET client application development model created by Microsoft and the Visual Studio team.

              A ubiquitous .NET client application development model is a model that is defined in .NET-based technologies and is able to run in a multitude of runtime environments -- both native-compiled (store-hosted) and web-hosted.

              A *very* rough image of the vision can be found here:
              http://i0.wp.com/blog.developers.win/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Vision.png

              The goal is to enable *one* .NET Client Application Project to build deliverables for the following platforms:
              1) Windows 10
              2) Legacy Windows
              3) *nix (Unix/Linux)
              4) Droid …

              6,198 votes
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                under review  ·  220 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow specifying a whitelist of Version Control paths that I want CodeLens to index

                The CodeLens feature is great, but I had to disable it in our main team project collection because this feature impacted our server in such a way that its database was growing out of control. My metrics revealed that I had 3.2 TB of CodeSense files (number of files: 13,199,733) against only 170 GB of VersionControl files (number of files: 1,169,366). Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we're working extensively with dev branches.

                That being said, the "tfsconfig codeindex" command allows TFS administrators to configure a blacklist for a given team project collection (i.e. option /ignorelist).…

                36 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Color Theme Editor for 2017

                  Like 2012, 2013 and 2017, the IDE should have the ability to customize the colors. Either native or through an Extension.

                  33 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Show current downloaded size and total downloaded size of individual components in VS installer

                    It would be helpful how much data being downloaded and how much is remaining within VS installer. This would allow to know how much further time installer would take and improve installer experience vastly.

                    19 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make MS Test Framework Opensouce

                      So many things in the Microsoft universie is open sourced but MS Test is currently not. Please makemit opensource so we can enhance it with additional features as well as removeing old flaws.

                      475 votes
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                        started  ·  14 comments  ·  Test Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow us to change the navigation bar colour on windows 10 mobile in our apps

                        With phones that have software buttons, we could apply transparent effects, blur, gradients or just plain colours on our apps. Of course we will give the user a choice to whether or not they would want there own preferences (maybe with a universal toggle in the OS or a toggle within the app we create). This could also be used to represent an event which has happened in the app.

                        86 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Mobile App Development  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support inlining for functions returning unwindable objects

                          Within deeply-templated codes, it seems quite common to call a function which simply forwards the arguments into another function, which again just forwards the arguments into another function, which again just do forwarding, and so on. As I know, current version of Visual C++ is not able to inline such a function if it returns an object with non-trivial destructor, whenever exceptions are enabled. This often makes a performance hit particularly when the level of forwarding is unavoidably deep and there are many arguments with not-so-small sizes. I very much hoped if the upcoming Visual C++ 2017 has solved this…

                          22 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support .NET Core in Visual Studio 2017 without being necessary to install the whole web development package.

                            In Visual Studio 2015, tooling for .NET Core was available as a package, installed separately from the whole IDE.

                            However, Visual Studio 2017 RC has the option of installing the ".NET Core and Docker" workload. For developers that do not work with ASP.NET Core, this workload adds extra space to disk. So, I propose making a "Cross-platform development with .NET Core" workload, or something like that, but without web application development stuff.

                            Thanks.

                            18 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              This is really good feedback. We’ve been reviewing what we do here. Right now, our plan is to merge the .NET Core features into the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads when the .NET Core tooling is no longer “preview-quality”. We would prefer not to silo it into a separate workload if possible, because we want it to be available to developers using the existing workloads. Interested to know what kinds of development you’re doing with .NET Core – are you running from the console?

                              At the same time, we also recognize that we need to keep trimming the size of the web tooling – that remains a work in progress.

                              One option for you is to install the .NET Core component specifically as an “individual component”, rather than as part of a workload. There’s a separate tab during installation to pick and choose…

                            • Make it possible to uninstall Blend in new 2017 setup

                              Make it possible uninstall Blend. I never selected it to be installed anyway.

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Save and Load selected set of "Individual components" in installer

                                I am charged with determining the set of selected Individual components for our development group. Using the new VS 2017 installer, it would be wonderful if I could check all the necessary boxes on the Individual components tab, save those to a file and have team members import/load it when they go to install. That way we all use the same installation settings.

                                I would suggest I make an offline installer but the -layout option only downloads the content and doesn't allow me to pre-select anything when I launch vs_professional.exe

                                28 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support Android API Level 24

                                  Please add support for Android API Level 24

                                  42 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  VS Emulator for Android  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • It's about time for a RESTful client generator

                                    I'd love to have a tool in Visual Studio that reads a remote RESTful service, or a local ASP.NET Web API project, and automatically generates DTO/POCO/Entities and HTTP Clients in the selected client projects, fulfilling the local demands (for example INotifyPropertyChanged implementation in a XAML project), JS/TS entities for web-based client consumers. etc.
                                    Now I know there is Swagger, but it doesn't provide a seamless solution for remote projects and automation of generation.
                                    I'd want a Wizard that once configured, any change in the remote server project should be reflected in the client entities (if local project changes should be…

                                    12 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve compiler support for immutable equality and comparison of structs

                                      Based on Microsoft practice recommendations, to correctly and efficiently implement a struct to get value semantics I must: override Equals, implement IEquatable, override operator== and operator!=, and define GetHashCode. And if I want otdering I must done not only operator<= but also operator<, operator>=, and operator> as well as both IComparable<T> and IComparable.

                                      In most cases I should also use the readonly keyword on all fields of the struct.

                                      This is frankly too much redundancy and work for something that the compiler could easily handle. In addition the rationale for some of the requirements will not be evident to many…

                                      3 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • HttpClient get a connection timeout

                                        I would like to have a timeout specifically for making the network connection to the server. When communicating between the client and server on the same network, normally if you don't connect in a few seconds, the connection will timeout. I would set the connection timeout pretty short. However, once the connection is made to the server, I would allow the request 30 or 60 seconds to be handled. If the network connection already exists, it would not apply.

                                        12 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Please make ISO files for Visual Studio 2017 RC

                                          Creating our own offline layout installer by downloading multiple files instead of a single ISO is messy, and is a step backwards from Visual Studio 2015. The installer too, is really slow. Please provide ISO files for VS 2017 for convenient installation on multiple computers that have slow or no internet connection. Thank you.

                                          13 votes
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                                            0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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