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  1. Bring back tree view to Queries

    Bring back the query left pane. The new query experience "streamlines" the queries by removing left pane and forcing you to favorite queries for easier access. What I previously accomplished in one click I now I have to perform multiple clicks and type into a filter. This is the opposite of streamlining.

    60 votes
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      24 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We are currently exploring ways we can improve the navigation experience of Queries based on all the feedback we have received. Several User Voice tickets have been merged so that we can consolidate your comments and provide a single channel for communication.

      For more information and to continue to contribute to the discussion, check out the Developer Community ticket (https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/275510/i-am-unable-to-disable-the-new-query-dogfood-setti.html) and Blog Post (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/devops/2018/06/18/queries-hub-updates-generally-available/) on the changes.

    • Release Management include all work items in release -api (json)

      We are using release management for deploying our daily release to our test env´s. To manage workItems related to the release we are using a small web service.
      The json the service hook is getting from vsts only includes the first 10 workItems of the release even if there are 20 in it.
      This effect also appears when you add a notification if a release is deployed you get a mail but only 10 workItems are listed.

      Please include all related workItems in the json or make this "limit" editable.

      32 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to filter Taskboard work items by user and include all tasks

        Currently when you filter the Taskboard view to show only your own items, it will hide any Tasks that are not assigned to you.

        The problem this can cause is that you can't easily answer the question, "what is the overall status of the PBIs/Bugs that I have ownership of?" in the Taskboard view, when other team members have Tasks on those items. It can also be confusing when tasking out your items - when you add tasks for other people to your Work Item, they disappear if you refresh the view (as they are then filtered out). I've inadvertently…

        15 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add support for helm repositories

          As a developer
          I want to publish my helm packages to VSTS package management
          So that I can provide access to other developers in my organisation

          15 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to move the objects in the uimap.uitest from one parent control to other

            At the moment uimap.uitest doest not have the ability to move the control to a different parent , having this would be useful when the object hirerachy in the application is changed

            12 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • When adding comments on a pull request, it would be nice if I had an option to batch them before sending them.

              When providing comments on VSTS code reviews, I wish there was a way to batch my comments before sending them out. Currently, they're send as soon as I add them, which means people are responding to them before I even finish the review. I don't have a chance to go back, edit/delete them as I progress through the review.

              This also generates a lot of spam as comment replies generate a new email for each one.

              22 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make "sync sources" optional for each job

                We want to create a build definition that allows us to build the project with corresponding UI tests on a dedicated build server and then distribute the generated build artifacts to a number of test servers, executing the UI tests.
                This works great with the concept of Jobs, but it's a little annoying that each job will download the source files from the repository even though they're not needed for the test process.

                Please make "sync sources" optional for each job, or even better: allow each job to configure its own "sync sources" step.

                18 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Unable to get Test Data iteration count

                  Tool: TFS 2018

                  Create a test with parameters, with say, 10 rows of data. This count of 10 cannot be queried or viewed anywhere unless I begin test execution and see the iteration drop down list showing 10 iterations.

                  This is annoying as I parameterize my scenarios under a test. So, though I have 10 test scenarios executed, the report shows only 1!!!

                  Raised it in Dev community... was asked to raise it here...

                  https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/281101/unable-to-get-test-data-iteration-count.html

                  15 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Visualize YAML Builds

                    When YAML builds are used it does not visualize the steps that are defined in the YAML declaration.

                    This is fine for the people whom have access to the file and know how that works but for the others it is an empty build without knowing what it does.

                    It would be great to have the YAML file rendered and visualized in read-only mode so that it acts as living documentation.

                    16 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • New Navigation: Team pull requests

                      In the new navigation it would be great to see the pull requests that are assigned to a team that I'm a member of, in addition to those I created. Like in the old/current 'My Pull Requests' page.

                      13 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Implement "Go To Definition (F12)" as a right-click menu option in VSTS pull requests

                        In TFS code reviews, we had the option of using F12 to go to the definition of methods defined within the file being reviewed. This worked both for new and existing code. This is a huge time saver when you have to review code that calls a new method many times. Using search takes a lot longer to find the actual method implementation.

                        17 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support hidden "draft" pages on wiki

                          While a team member is working on new content not-yet-ready for broad release, they should be able to publish changes as "draft" pages. Draft pages would only be accessible to those who have the direct link and would not be visible in the tree view or in search results. The editor would need the ability to save a page as a draft, promote a draft to a released wiki page, and discard the draft entirely (if the content is copied into an existing page, e.g.).

                          This would allow teams flexibility to share and collaborate on guidance before making it available…

                          11 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use team fields instead of area paths to support teams

                            I found this idea has been proposed many times under different names, and everytime got archived for too few votes.
                            So I will post this again if it this time would get more votes :)
                            Currently one can separate Team responsibilities only by Area Path. TFS supports specific team field but VSTS does not. Plese have this functionality in VSTS too. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/work/customize/use-team-fields-instead-area-paths

                            99 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow different PR sign off roles, e.g. buddy tester, security reviewer, localization reviewer

                              It would be amazing to be able to configure different approver roles in branch policies, so that:
                              1. branch owners could define custom roles, like: buddy tester, security reviewer, localization reviewer, general code reviewer, functionality reviewer, you name it
                              2. branch owners can define which users have permissions to approve the PR using which roles
                              3. approvers could have an option to approve as different roles: e.g. Bob is a general reviewer, security reviewer and buddy tester, and he approved PR 1 as general reviewer, and PR 2 as buddy tester and security reviewer
                              4. branch owners could define necessary…

                              9 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • TFS 2018 - Last Run Date column not listed in column options of Test Suite but available in Details pane of Test suite

                                Not listed on column options of Test suite.
                                But, Recent Test Results view of Details pane of Test Suite has the column displayed.

                                Had raised this in Dev community, where I was asked to raise it here.

                                https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/281207/tfs-2018-last-run-date-column-not-listed-in-column.html

                                Availability of this field will allow users to create charts that showcase execution timeline of tests, which is not possible in dashboard charts now.

                                13 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Have the option to hide dashboards

                                  Tool used: TFS 2018.

                                  When sprints/projects are completed, instead of having to delete the respective dashboard, admin could have the ability to hide the dashboard through the 'Manage Dashboards' dialog.

                                  This avoids clutter but also maintains the view for audit purposes until admin decides to delete the dashboard.

                                  12 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Items created within test suite default to iteration path of test plan and not of test suite

                                    Tool used: TFS 2018

                                    Create a test plan with iteration say Project\Level 1.
                                    Within the plan, create a test suite with a sub iteration like: Project\Level 1\Level 2

                                    Any test created within this suite is expected to have iteration as : Project\Level 1\Level 2
                                    But it defaults to Test plan's iteration.
                                    Also, Bugs created through test runner execution, do not take up the test case's iteration (which was manually corrected) but that of the test plan.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • Admin's ability to choose fields that should show up in Test Runner dialog

                                      Tool used: TFS 2018

                                      I have created few custom fields for my team's testcase type, like Preconditions.
                                      It will be ideal if such fields can be made visible in test runner.
                                      Admin of a team project should be able to choose what fields should be visible on the test runner dialog.

                                      12 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • VSTS Hosted Agent with Windows Server 1803

                                        We currently have to use private agents to build Docker containers based on Windows Server Core 1803. Could you create a hosted agent pool which uses Windows Server 1803??

                                        8 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Granular Work Item Permissions - eg. deny setting sprint/area/assignee

                                          More granular work item permissions are needed such that I can allow customers to view/create work items but not set sprints/assignees/estimates/areas etc.

                                          At the moment they either have full access or read only.

                                          Even if you put a user in a specific team that can only view one area, they can still view all areas and sprints on the work item edit page and they would ideally not see any of that, just a custom form

                                          7 votes
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