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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.

    1,176 votes
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      140 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

    • 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…

      451 votes
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        started  ·  24 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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.

        409 votes
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          67 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  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.

          324 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

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

              We are excited to announce a preview of the new Analytics Marketplace Extension(https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms.vss-analytics) is coming in the next major release of TFS. Analytics supports Power BI integration.

              Please refer to our reporting roadmap(https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/report/analytics/reporting-roadmap) for additional information on the roadmap for reporting in TFS and VSTS

            • 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?

              198 votes
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                22 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/

                98 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.

                • Add Support For PYPI Packages Using PIP

                  Skype & I believe other Microsoft teams heavily rely on Python for Build orchestration, testing, data analysis, and other functions. We would like to use PYPI packages natively through PIP, rather than having to ingest them in to Git repos to consume them.

                  It would be great if VSTS could support PYPI packages through PIP clients https://pypi.python.org/pypi.

                  81 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    80 votes
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                      15 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/

                      67 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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

                        • 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 →
                          • VSTS Package Feed Metrics

                            Is there any dashboard for statistics of the nuget packages hosted in VSTS package feeds ?

                            e.g. nuget.org shows that Microsoft ASP.NET Web API 2.2 5.2.3 has :

                            - 11,473,955 Downloads
                            - 2,910,541 Downloads of v 5.2.3
                            - 7,518 Average downloads per days

                            58 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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:…

                              55 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  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).

                                36 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  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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                                    1 comment  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add .NET 4.7.2 to Hosted VS2017 agent

                                    4.7.2. is not available on VSTS.

                                    "C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\14.0\bin\Microsoft.Common.CurrentVersion.targets(1098,5): Error MSB3644: The reference assemblies for framework ".NETFramework,Version=v4.7.2" were not found. To resolve this, install the SDK or Targeting Pack for this framework version or retarget your application to a version of the framework for which you have the SDK or Targeting Pack installed. Note that assemblies will be resolved from the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) and will be used in place of reference assemblies. Therefore your assembly may not be correctly targeted for the framework you intend."

                                    17 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Pipeline as code

                                      Teams are pushing for automation across their environments, including their development infrastructure.

                                      Pipelines as code is defining the deployment pipeline through code instead of configuring a running CI/CD tool.

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Allow for html files to be uploaded to VSTS Wiki

                                        Allow for html files to be uploaded to VSTS Wiki - so that I can upload draw.io files to the wiki to share with the team.

                                        12 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          @Thieme – regarding your request to support .sql files, we will soon allow many file extensions to be uploaded as attachments. this work is already in progress.

                                          We will also support uploading .HTML files as attachments to Wiki.

                                        • Allow me to contact the consumers of my Package feeds

                                          Once I create a package feed in my organization, people outside of my immediate team will start to use the packages we create. It would be great to have that information, so that if I need to update the packages in a breaking way, delete older packages that are out of service, or change the location of the feed itself I can communicate that to my dependants.

                                          12 votes
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