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  1. Let us create multiple collections on Visual Studio Team Services

    As an organization with 25+ developers and 15+ ongoing/supported projects for several customers, we need the ability to group our team projects into different project collections.

    I am sure we are not the only ones.

    1,153 votes
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      134 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Work is still ongoing (was delayed due to other priorities) for our plan to bring multiple accounts (collections) backed by the same Azure AD into an organization. We are now looking at 2018 H2 for bringing this to a public preview. I will be able to provide a more precise timeline update around May 2018.

      Rajesh Ramamurthy
      Program Manager – VSTS & TFS

    • Add ability to run build steps in parallel

      Sometimes we need to start several build steps in parallel for example run tests with specific criteria or upload/download dependancies

      403 votes
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        started  ·  23 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Folder structures for release definition

        Currently, there is option to organize build definition using folder structure but the same is not available for release definition. We have large number of release definitions tied to individual customers but the list is growing. Due to lack of folders, we have to resort to naming convention to make it easier to identify the individual release definition. It would be really helpful to be able to organize release definitions within folder dedicated to each customer or geographical region.

        376 votes
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          52 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Dont add the default team as reviewer when doing a pull request

          When doing a pull request the default team in Team Services is added as reviewer by default. When you have multiple team (which I assume is the most common case), this makes little sense as you cant even select which VSTS team you are working in in Visual Studio. Why adding a team when working in Visual Studio most likely always will be the wrong team (unless you only have a single team).

          As you can see in
          https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/docs/git/pull-requests#add-detail-to-your-pull-request
          that "[Fabrikam]\Fabrikam Team" is added by default.

          Please change Visual Studio pull requests to not add any team by default.

          If…

          326 votes
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            started  ·  16 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Change Visual Studio Team Services account region

            My Visual Studio Team Services account was created in North Central US. I'd like an option to change the region, so that my data is stored closer to my users.

            319 votes
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              44 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We are working toward a self-service solution. In the meantime, you can change the region of your Visual Studio Team Services account by contacting customer support via the basic or premium support links on this page: https://www.visualstudio.com/team-services/support/. A member of our support team will reach back out to the owner of the account to confirm the request and schedule the move.

              Update: Over the past months, many customers have used this process to move their accounts from one region to another. We are continuing to work toward a self-service solution for this process, but do not have a firm schedule to share as of yet.

              Thanks,
              Aaron Hallberg

            • 227 votes
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                15 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                The On-Premises (TFS) version of the Analytics Marketplace Extension is in development and we are fully committed to delivering on it but do not have any timelines to share at this point.

                The Analytics Service is the backend for a suite of new features we are very excited about including new Dashboard Widgets and Power BI Desktop Connector.

                Thank you,
                Josh Zimmerman

              • Introduce "Is empty" operator in TFS WIQL for rich text fields

                It is currently not possible to search for rich text fields that are empty. You have to specify a value that the field must either contain or not contain. This value cannot be left blank, so searching for work items where not text has been entered is not possible.

                In addition to the "Contains" and "Does not contain" operators "Is empty" and "Is not empty" operators would be very useful.

                214 votes
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                  31 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We are actively developing a solution that will allow you to query for work items with empty rich text fields.

                  We will close this item when it has been deployed to all VSTS accounts and provide an estimate for when TFS customers will also be able to use this feature.

                • TFBuild 2015: Run sheduled build only when source has changed

                  In the new Team Foundation Build 2015 (https://msdn.microsoft.com/Library/vs/alm/Build/feature-overview) we can either add CI triggers that trigger a build with every check-in or we have the Scheduled triggers. It would be nice to have an option in the Scheduled Triggers that it only runs if there were changes since the last run (new ChangeSet).
                  We could use this since we build our Xamarin app with the new build server and publish it to the alpha track in the PlayStore, but we only want to do this once a day and only if there were changes since the last build.

                  193 votes
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                    17 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Change release variables' value when deploy a release

                    In Build definition for VSTS, variables are allowed to change their values at queue time. Could this feature be available in release: when deploy a release the variables' value could be changed?

                    141 votes
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                      13 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VSTS - Personal Git repositories for forking

                      Give each user a personal Git repo space. The "root" repo today is "Git Repositories". Create a special root called "My Repositories".

                      Then add a "fork" button next to the "clone" link that would automatically clone in a new repo in "My Repositories" Git folder. Repositories here should still have their origin remote and be available to submit Pull Requests against the origin.

                      Here is a manual workaround that some are following to recreate this flow:
                      http://www.woodcp.com/2014/01/how-to-fork-git-repositories-on-visual-studio-online/

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

                        We are working on forks now and expect to ship it soon. The notion of a dedicated “personal space” to land a forked repo is something we’re going to build in the future. In the short term, we recommend creating a dedicated project for developers to put forks in.

                      • Automatically update links when reordering wiki pages

                        When reordering the wiki pages, a message appears indicating that links will not be automatically updated, but that I should manually do so myself.

                        1) Ideally, this should be done automatically for me and a list of affected pages should be displayed so I can save revisions to all of them in one go.

                        2) Alternatively, a copy-able list of the names of affected pages with links to that content (and links to other content within the moved page) should be displayed so that I'm aware of the pages that need an update, without having to have knowledge of what…

                        84 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Offline test Execution: Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS)

                          Allow users to execute test cases in an offline manner (when not connected to TFS).

                          Steps:
                          1. Ability to export test cases & steps to Excel (when in office & connected to TFS)
                          2. Perform Test execution by marking tests/test steps pass/fail in the Excel file, while adding comments (when not in office & not connected to TFS)
                          3. Import test results from Excel into TFS (when in office & connected to TFS)

                          66 votes
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                            23 comments  ·  Test  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We now have an extension (in Preview) on Marketplace for this scenario:

                            https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-devlabs.OfflineTestExecution

                            This currently works with Visual Studio Team Services & support for Team Foundation Server will be coming soon.

                            Please let us know your feedback about this extension.

                            We will wait for few weeks for feedback before marking this item as Completed.

                            Thanks
                            -Ravi Shanker

                          • Advanced Rich Text Editor Toolbar

                            Implement a more advanced toolbar in the Rich Text Fields (e.g. Description, Acceptance Criteria, etc), so we can change (bare minimum) the font size and color, and also highlight text.

                            63 votes
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                              14 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow for gitflow branching model

                              We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

                              http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

                              63 votes
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                                6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                Make Reporting in TFS Fast and Fluid

                                Using Analysis Services and Reporting Services may have seemed like a good idea back in 2003 when you first started designing TFS 2005, however in 2012 these technologies are archaic and difficult to use.

                                Throw out SSRS and SSAS, heck in TFS 2012 in the new Web Access the team already created a new reporting system for burndowns and for the kanban reports.

                                Now for TFS 2015 it's time to make reporting EASY for non developers, EASY for managers, and fast and fluid for general end users to design and change.

                                Look at…

                                59 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  We have been working hard to improve the integration between VSTS Analytics and Power BI. We are happy to announce we’ve released the first step in doing so.

                                  The VSTS Power BI Desktop Connector has been updated to provide additional options for historical trend and bug analysis.

                                  Thank you,
                                  Josh Zimmerman

                                • Support pull requests from different repositories

                                  So, our company is split. Product development and projects. Recently the product team wanted to deploy the new TFS git features to use a PR based workflow. We cannot.

                                  Short version: Please allow pull requests from other repositories/forks.

                                  This solves a number of issues:

                                  - Right now write access would be needed to the target repo [2] [3]
                                  - Right now there are no security limitations. "Can send a PR" means "can change our code"

                                  So far, PRs are 'incomplete' as far as I can tell, so [1] is really merely half the support/part of the plumbing.

                                  1: http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3891599-tfservice-git-pull-requests

                                  2:…

                                  53 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Clone build step in build definition

                                    In VSTS build definition we have useful option "Clone.." which allows duplicate entire definition. It will be more useful to clone build step within saved build definition e.g. clone cmd/powershell task with different params.

                                    32 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable free linking in the Wiki

                                      Improve the current Wiki with the posibility to use the [[...]] syntax of wiki markup:
                                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_markup

                                      29 votes
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                                      • Build Definitions as Code

                                        Support a document format (along the same lines as Travis-CI), such that build definitions can be defined in the project's source. Maybe this could have a single build step in the setting, something like "use build_def.yml file".

                                        27 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Improve text formatting for work item Description field

                                          Either add more formatting options like code snippet or quote, headers, and colors, or add some kind of markdown support.

                                          As a developer I need to be able to write a well organized description. A really big part of that is being able to include system and code keywords or entire snippets in fixed width font. Visually this is required to make the text stand out. Same does for headers (even h2 or h3 would be helpful) and colors (red is often used to call special attention to something important).

                                          25 votes
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