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  1. TFSWA - Help me allow the world end users to report bugs into TFS

    I want every bug in the world to have a unique URL.

    I want every company that owns TFS to have the equivalent of the Microsoft connect site.

    Today too many feature requests and bugs are discussed in conversations of people's blogs. I have a dream that all companies using TFS should have their current bugs and feature requests on the web at tfs.northwind.com . Then in their blog posts, people should reference the source - the public URL of the bug/suggestion.

    The portal must:

    • Have a unique URL for every bug
    • Allow you to subscribe to be notified when a fix has been released
    • Have voting

    Note: An Internet connector license costs approximately USD $15K which is too costly for anyone who wants to make TFS use, as ubiquitous as blogs are on the Internet.

    Atlassian's feature portal
    Figure: Atlassian have it right with their feature requests portal
  2. TFSWA - Help me have a rich editing experience on Work Items

    In TFS OWA give us a real "edit" button. Give us a rich client experience using Silverlight. (Or Click Once - like Report Builder inside SQL Reporting Services) and you can give us a great Windows Forms Control for Text Editing.

    Here is some free .NET code for a Windows Forms based text editor with HTML output .

    Or use a 3rd Party editor. Here is one Aspose.Editor (doesn't appear to be anything better)

    Aspose Editor
    Figure: TFSWA needs a HTML description field. E.g. the Aspose.Editor allows you to paste in an image. See it in action yourself
  3. SharePoint Site - Make the Project icons clearer (little one)

    The project icons need to be clearer.

    similar icons
    Figure: The icon for project document and excel document are too similar
  4. SharePoint Site - Support different colors for visited links (little one)

    The SharePoint site should support different colors for visited links.

    visited links with the same colour
    Figure: The visited links should be in different colours

    We have a rule about this in Rule to Better Website - Navigation: Do you make sure users can see Visited Links?

  5. TFSWA - Federated Authentication - Make TFS use Cardspace for Authentication

    It would be nice if TFS could use Cardspace for authentication instead of using Integrated Windows Authentication.

    This would allow one click authentication e.g. In a non domain connected scenario like hosted TFS.

    Note: Also support Open ID (but this is a low priority)

  6. SharePoint - Link the SharePoint Document Library to Source Control

    It would be nice to be able to check a file into source control and be able to have it appear as a document on SharePoint as well.
    The best solution for this is: when a SharePoint user requests a document, SharePoint gets the latest version from Source Control and gives it to the user. In this way, non developers can also access documents in Source Control without having to know about TFS.

    Note #1: Unfortunately this solution gives 2 sources of truth - but I will think of it in TFS - the proper source control system.

    Note #2: I hate this doubling up - the disk space issue - but it is better than only having them in SharePoint

  7. TFSWA - Add a new option "Send as email with .msg attached"

    In TFS Web Access, when we complete a work item, we send an email via the "Tools" menu. The problem is the images are lost. We use TeamLook to put the work item here (from an email) and the original email is attached (a .msg file lives in "File Attachments" of the work item).So we would like an option of 'Send as Email (with attachments)'.

    Send as Email
    Figure: Add option to Tools menu - 'Send as Email (with attachments)'

    In Team Explorer, we would like this functionality as well.

    Send Selection in Email
    Figure: Add context menu - 'Send as Email (with attachments)'
  8. TFSWA - User Experience - SharePoint, CRM and TFSWA Web UI

    CRM, SharePoint and TFS (Web Access) are inconsistent to end users. The different user experience might make users confused.

    See our CRM suggestion User Experience - SharePoint, CRM and TFSWA Web UI .

  9. TFSWA - Add to the Web UI the ability to give a URL to any file?

    Team System Web Access (aka TFSWA) is good, but needs for support for Source Control and nice URLs.

    want to be able to right click on a source code file and select "Copy URL to clipboard (so I can IM someone else)?

    OWA
    Figure: I can give a URL to a specific email in a public folder - I want to give a URL to a specific code file in a TFS project
  10. TFSWA - Alerts should include the history (like an email)

    We want the alerts to respond with the history like an email, because of this we had to add this functionality into Extreme Emails.

    We would have preferred Microsoft to solve this problem.

    History of WorkItem Status
    Figure: WorkItem alert notifications should include the history like an email
  11. TFSWA - Add a Team System Process Template Editor

    Microsoft should provide a GUI to modify or customize the process templates. Here is an example of editor:

    http://www.gotdotnet.com/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=812a68af-5e74-48c6-9623-1a4469142a84

    Process Template Editor
    Figure: Sample software for Process Template Editor.
  12. TFSWA - On the Alerts attach a .diff file

    On alert email it should attach .diff file to show the difference between original and the changed file.

  13. TFSWA - Give us the ability to Customize the Work Item UI in VS.NET

    We should be able to modify or customize the WorkItem GUI in VS.NET according to our need.

    Customize the WorkItem UI
    Figure: WorkItem UI in VS.NET should be customized so I could remove these 2 fields as an example
  14. TFSWA - Add a way to delete a Bug/Task

    We should be able to delete the unused/fake WorkItems.

  15. TFSWA - Why is there no Rollback?

    There's no easy way to rollback to an earlier change set. You have to do some copy and paste jobs manually.
    Or you can use TFS Power Toys . TFS Power Toys provide a few functionalities like Unshelve, Rollback, Get Changeset, etc...
    The latest TFS Power Toys can be downloaded from Microsoft.
    Now the question is... why are all these basic source control functionalities missing from TFS?

  16. TFSWA - Add a "Search box" to search for work items

    Users should expect:

    1. it to work like outlook.
    2. it to display like outlook

    should it support the 3 things I use on an hourly basis?

    For example: From:brian "work item" -randell

    PS: Not important, but if you get time, add one clever thing. When I type 'May', give me a list of work items where the work item's start date is in that range e.g. 30/5/2000

    PPS: Until we get this feature, Corneliu's (the smartest Romanian in the world) VS Quick Search plugin: TFS Quick Search Plugin 1.2 (for VS2005 and VS2008)

    Use the tool to search Work Items
    Figure: The current way of finding work items is not good enough.
    Search should like Outlook
    Figure: We need Work Item Text Search to support the 3 most filters.
  17. TFS SharePoint Portal 2010 (little one)

    We need two more green icons in the areas
    Figure: Refreshing the Portal - These 2 areas should also have the green icon (a smaller icon), so the user eyes sees all the places the data will be refreshed
  18. Suggestion for TFSWA 2010

    Little one... you never know

    I click 'Refresh' on the second tab, but it forgot that I was in the 2nd tab.
    Figure: If I click "Refresh", the current tab should be remembered
  19. TSWA - Add breadcrumbs

    Breadcrumbs please (or the navigation menu in SharePoint 2010 )

    We need a breadcrum
    Figure: For example in this case, the breadcrumb would take you to this URL: http://projects.ssw.com.au/tfs/Northwind/
  20. TWA - Suggestions for Search UI

    I have been watching a few users who thought there was no search in TWA. Turns out they want to search on the description and are looking in the top right (which is the standard location for search on web sites).

    Normal position of the search box
    Figure: The Search box should be in the normal position of top right. Also the "Go!" button should be renamed to "Search"
    SP project dashboard needs the ability to search for more.
    Figure: The SharePoint Project Dashboard also needs the ability to search for more than the Work Item ID :)
  21. TWA - Enable me to IM the URL

    Can we have the URL updated after the 'Search' button is clicked?

    the URL updated
    Figure: Can we have the URL updated after the 'Search' button is clicked?
  22. TWA - show URLs

    I know you can click the link, but my class today in Canberra had 40 brand new users in it, and 1 found the URL.

    A window without the url
    Figure: When a project manager double clicks a work item, then get a window without the URL.

Acknowledgements

Adam Cogan
Peter Gfader