March 5, 2012 6:01 PM
by Ed Blankenship
Now that the new Visual Studio and TFS “11” Beta release is available for you to use for evaluation or even “Go-Live” in production, you’ll likely find some bugs or suggestions for rough spots in the product that might be able to be addressed before the final release. Even so that feedback can be acted on in a subsequent patch, feature pack, or service pack so it’s always good to at least put it on the product team’s backlog.
The traditional way to provide feedback in the past for the Visual Studio 2010 release and before was to use Microsoft Connect for Visual Studio to file your bugs for the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Microsoft Test Manager, etc. It still is but now you have another tool in your tool belt to provide some great information for the product team that’s new for the Visual Studio “11” family release now in Beta.
Introducing the Microsoft Visual Studio “11” Feedback Tool available on the Visual Studio Extension Gallery. It’s easy – after installing the extension you’ll get an option in the Help menu for “Report a Bug” which will start a nice wizard process that will create an awesome Connect bug for you. You can use this wizard for anything you would normally create a bug for like the .NET framework, TFS, Visual Studio, Microsoft Test Manager, etc.
One of the awesome pieces of this tool and very important is that it captures all sorts of logs and valuable information to be used in helping reproduce the problem. You can review all of those files before you submit the feedback to make sure you are comfortable with that data. The Microsoft Connect item is also marked as “private” so that your details aren’t exposed to the public. You can always go in to the Microsoft Connect site to change it to Public if you want it available for other people to vote it as something that is important to fix. That’s not required though.
After you have started the tool, you can access it from the Windows Notification Area (aka System Tray) by clicking the tool’s icon.
Here are some things you can also do to make your bug reports super stellar and give it some traction whenever someone looks at it:
If you want to take a look at all the other details about using the Visual Studio Feedback Tool, check out the documentation here: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/content/content.aspx?ContentID=26698
If you have a feature request, instead of a bug report, then I would head on over to the Visual Studio User Voice site. You’ll have the opportunity to create new feature requests and vote on those coming from other people.
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Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and former ALM consultant.
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