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Developers Pushing for CodeLens to be Available in Visual Studio 2013 Professional

Looks like the idea of making CodeLens, by all accounts a killer feature in Visual Studio 2013, available below the Ultimate level is picking up steam.

I wrote about this recently, pleading with Microsoft to make the feature available at the Professional level, since that's the version the vast majority of most developers use. It would appear that the idea of downstreaming CodeLens is gaining a lot steam in the dev community. Visual Studio UserVoice is a feedback site for Microsoft's army of software devs. What happens is that a developer makes a public suggestion on something he or she would like to see. Then the community votes on it. The more votes, the more the community throws its cyber-weight behind a proposal.

One developer, self-identified as "Harold_", suggested moving CodeLens into lower-tier versions, and so far, the idea is one of the most popular on the site, with 1,300 votes in favor.

I really like the UserVoice site. It's obvious Microsoft takes it seriously, too -- they're actively involved in responding to requests, and it's clear that they value the feedback. Whether they always take it is another story, but there aren't many companies out there that show this level of commitment in engaging with its community.

By the way, do you know what the top request on the site is? Allow the .NET Framework to be used to build Xbox One games. Oh, the irony...

Posted by Keith Ward on 12/10/2013 at 9:44 AM


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