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  1. Add support for more file viewers in TFS web client

    In TFS web client code explorer, it is possible to view text files by clicking on them. They are then opened in a pane to the right. But it would be very beneficial to be able to view other file types as well (mainly .docx and PDF), without having to download them first.

    (Today, this returns the error message 'This file contains non-printable characters and no other viewer was found for file extension docx'.)

    We have placed a documentation repo in parallel to code repos (since we would like to store everything dev related in one place) and it would…

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      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • VSTS Custom Team Capacity Activity as well as custom status

      Ability to add custom Team Capacity activity as well as Custom issue status

      28 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Make cross-team project checkins properly respect checkin policies of each individual team project.

        It is currently possible to check in files that fail the checkin policies of a team project by also checking in files from other team projects at the same time. See http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/726309/custom-checkin-policy-not-being-applied for more details about this currently "by design" "feature".

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          3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

          Ewald Hofman

        • Revert all unchanged items from changeset before check-in

          Imagine 100 checked-out files, while trying something out, and now you want to check-in your changes.
          I feel more comfortable if I see directly which files really changed, before checking-in.

          A button "Undo all unchanged" would e.g. undo 90 of these 100 files and now you see clearly which 10 files you really changed.

          26 votes
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            4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • implement a more intelligent merge for xml files (including project files) and sln files

            Merging project files and especially solution files is a real pain currently. For solution files, it would probably be better to ditch the current format altogether and replace it with a more sane xml format. The core problem is that projects are numbered, so when 2 users add a project to the solution, you have to either fix it by editing manually or disregard the changes and re-add your projects. It's a pain either way.

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              4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add Markdown support for source checkin/commit comments.

              For displaying checkin/commit comments for either TFS Source or Git Source, I suggest you add Markdown support so that some simple formatting can be included in comments.

              To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

              25 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow proper git integration without ms-persist.xml

                Although I welcome git integration in VS2013 and TFS, Microsoft have put in a strange and unnecessary proprietary extension; namely ms-persist.xml. This file is saved to the git repo, and is used so that users can select to "exclude" files in the "Changes" dialog in Visual Studio. I don't see the point in this. I'd rather work with Git's built-in staging area.

                Why not provide an option to have full Git integration, and not use ms-persist.xml? When this option is selected, ms-persist.xml should not be written to or read from the Git repo dir. The Changes section would change to…

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                  4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Ability to see labels in browser view / TFS Web Access

                  There seems to be no way to view labels at all in the web access to TFS. Any plans to support it? Would be nice for us non-Visual Studio developers :)

                  24 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • View history for whole GIT repository.

                    Currently in Visual Studio 2015 when looking at the branches tab for a GIT repository, I can do a history for any branch. The root of the GIT repository will show the history for the currently checked out branch. This can already be had looking at the history for the highlighted branch. It would be nice to have the history of the root of the repository show the history for all branches very much like the "Visualize All Branch History" available in git-gui by Shawn Pearce, et. al. in the windows git package suggested by Visual Studio.

                    24 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support github flavored markdown

                      GitHub uses GitHub flavored markdown. VSTS evidently uses Markdown basic and you get a different and better rendering experience on GitHub. Please consider using the same rendering engine for VSTS.

                      23 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support displaying the svg image in markdown from webportal

                        Currently, the svg image in markdown cannot be displayed correctly fron web portal if the svg image is hosted in TFVC/Git repositories.

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                          2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Code Review Notification

                          I find it to be a flaw when someone on my developer team has to send me a message on Skype telling me they have sent me a code review and then I have to go dig through "My Work" to find the review and accept it.

                          What I would like to start seeing for this and other events like this that occur in Visual Studio would be "Skype-like notifications" that happen perhaps on the bottom right hand side of my screen, a little box that pops up that tells me I have a new code review. I could then…

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                            2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 22 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Quick code editing switch or warning

                              The quick editing feature from TFS2015 doesn't take into consideration the check-in policies that are in-place for a team project.

                              Scenario:
                              Work item policy setup in order to warn the developers to associate their changesets with one or more work items. They can bypass the policy but at least they're aware of it.
                              If they check-in from web interface then they are not even aware that a check-in policy exits.

                              It would be useful if a setting would be provided to enable/disable this feature. Or an warming that would notify the users that a check-in policy is in place when…

                              22 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Keep a pull request comment's context when code changes are pushed

                                When I create a pull request, other team members can comment on specific lines of changed files to indicate things that should be addressed. After I push my changes, the code is updated, but the comments stay attached to the same line numbers, which might no longer be relevant. An example is attached.

                                It would be better if the comments moved to the appropriate line when a change is made, or if the commit that the comment was originally made on could be shown easily. As of now, you have to guess what part of the code the comment was…

                                21 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Create more display filters for TFS2012 Web Access.

                                  Users need to be able to view PDF, Docx and VSS file extensions without having to download the file first. This would make the Web Access tool in TFS more popular with none programmers

                                  21 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Display merge conflicts details online in Pull Requests

                                    When there is a merge conflict in a pull request on Git in VSTS, there are no details on the merge conflict (which files, lines, ...)

                                    It would be useful to have a summary of the conflicts that prevent the automatic merge.

                                    21 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Remove source control binding information from inside files

                                      Visual Studio uses Source Control Bindings (persisted as various Scc* settings in the solution and project files and also in *.vspscc and *.vssscc files) for legacy reasons. The TFS API allows source control information (server url, check-out status, etc) to be retrieved using only the local file path and Visual Studio should use this capability without requiring the user to manage superfluous bindings.

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                                        3 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        As explained in this blog post (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/10/08/how-we-use-user-voice-to-make-a-better-product.aspx), we had updated the status of this suggestion to “Under Review” to let you know we are tracking it on our backlog. To better indicate which one we are actively working on or which ones are on our 6-month plan, we introduced the states “Started” and “Planned”. The goal is to give an update on in progress suggestions at least every 3 months. This suggestion is still on our backlog, but they are not part of the 6-month plan.

                                        Ewald Hofman

                                      • The command line utility tf.exe should allow to associate work items to a check in

                                        The command line utility tf.exe should allow to associate work items to a check in.

                                        Something like tf checkin /workitems:1234,5874,5777

                                        21 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • git changeset search

                                          The git changeset search is missing from the branch history window which really cripples the whole git experience in VS 2015. This way is virtually impossible to conduct a code review from VisualStudio without use of command line or other 3rd party apps.

                                          The search should be able to search for strings in the commit message (essential), author, files changed, changed content (nice to have).

                                          20 votes
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