The update window is a modal dialog. If we were to keep this open, there’s no way to use Visual Studio without closing it.
We will need to add another way to take a look at recent changed made by others by either caching the updated files list, or the before/after revision and showing the log messages between the two.
1) that update output is always logged to the Subversion page of the output window.
2) All pending conflicts (even to files not referenced in the repository) are always shown in the pending changes window.FlintZA commented
I'd like to add another vote for this. I actually don't mind at all that the window is modal and that I would have to close it before continuing work in studio, I would just like to be able to review the files that changed. Of course first prize would be something like the TortoiseSVN update dialog that allows in-place conflict resolution.