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.John Simons commented
I understand the problem with the modal dialog and not being able to do anything with VS until is closed.
Why don't you create a new tab in the Pending Changes window, instead of using a modal dialog. this tab would contain the info you currently display on the modal dialog + Show Changes + one column with the name of the user that did the change + view history :)
By a new tab I mean a 5th vertical tab on the left.