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

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365419/let-us-create-multiple-collections-on-visual-studi.html
    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.

    1,205 votes
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    149 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

  2. Folder structures for release definition

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365787/folder-structures-for-release-definition.html
    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.

    431 votes
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    70 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Change Visual Studio Team Services account region

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365459/change-visual-studio-team-services-account-region.html
    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.

    338 votes
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    45 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

  4. Provide Power BI content pack support for on premise TFS

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365473/provide-power-bi-content-pack-support-for-on-premi.html
    The VSO content pack for Power BI was announced at:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/05/04/gain-understanding-and-insights-into-projects-in-visual-studio-online-with-power-bi.aspx

    It would be great if this would also be available/supported for on premise TFS.

    245 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

  5. Change release variables' value when deploy a release

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365596/change-release-variables-value-when-deploy-a-relea.html
    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?

    222 votes
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    34 comments  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Add Support For PYPI Packages Using PIP

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365634/add-support-for-pypi-packages-using-pip.html
    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.

    97 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Advanced Rich Text Editor Toolbar

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    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365534/advanced-rich-text-editor-toolbar.html
    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.

    88 votes
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    17 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Wiki + mention

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365698/wiki-mention.html
    It would be nice if could be possible to mention someone right from the Wiki text editor by pressing @ and seeing a list of all users

    74 votes
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    13 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Allow for gitflow branching model

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365447/allow-for-gitflow-branching-model.html
    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/

    71 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Improve text formatting for work item Description field

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365774/improve-text-formatting-for-work-item-description.html
    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…

    63 votes
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    20 comments  ·  Work Item Tracking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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…

    63 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Dashboards and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Support pull requests from different repositories

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365465/support-pull-requests-from-different-repositories.html
    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…

    57 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Version Control (Git/TFVC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Add Permalinks in Wiki

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365921/add-permalinks-in-wiki.html
    Please integrate permalinks in wiki to avoid wrong links after moving single wiki pages.

    46 votes
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    8 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Add .NET 4.7.2 to Hosted VS2017 agent

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365964/add-net-472-to-hosted-vs2017-agent.html
    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…

    32 votes
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    6 comments  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Pipeline as code

    This suggestion is migrated to Developer Community. Please use below link to view the current status.
    https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/idea/365687/pipeline-as-code.html
    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.

    17 votes
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    1 comment  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. 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.

    14 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Enable/disable task and task group by using variable

    It's better that the task and task group can be enabled or disabled by using variable in release and build.

    11 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Release Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are excited to let you know that we are working on this suggestion.
    The capability exists for tasks using “custom conditions”. We would be extending the capability to task groups as well.

    We expect to release this on the service in a quarter.

    Shashank Bansal
    Program Manager

  18. Make OpenAPI Specification (aka swagger) for VSTS API

    It's quite hectic and hopeless work to implement again and again clients for REST API of the any service. It would be super exciting if you could add swagger generation for the API.

    9 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Administration & Licensing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Internally we produce Swagger 2.0 for the VSTS REST APIs and this Swagger will be what sources the REST API reference docs when we transition them to docs.microsoft.com in the next month or two. Soon after this transition happens we will make the Swagger available via a public repository.

    Will Smythe
    Program Manager for extensibility and integration in VSTS

  19. Please make packages (Nuget, Maven, ...) searchable

    It's very hard to know what packages are available to consume given many individual, small repositories. Please provide a search interface for that. thanks

    9 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Package Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Support Docker in Hosted Build VSO

    This cover many different scenarios and configuration, just providing a vm coreos to apply dockerfile.

    8 votes
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    1 comment  ·  CI (Build)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are currently working on enabling Linux in the hosted pool and that will be implemented as a docker container. Inside that container you will have access to the docker host so you will be able to build any container you need to.

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