But much to my surprise, MSFT isn’t the one cashing in on the traffic,
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Nice! So MSFT: while you seem to be in the giving mood, can you please implement support for Subversion, an option to use Trac, as well as the ability to allow direct deployment of ClickOnce and/or ClickThrough apps from a project repository? That would be just peachy!
Thanks in advance for your considerations. ;-)