The three by-far-most-requested “missing features” from Visual C++ 2012 were:
- Conformance: Keep adding more C++11 language conformance features.
- XP Targeting: Deliver the ability to build applications that could run on Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, 7, and 8.
- Desktop Express: Deliver a free VC++ Express compiler that can be used to create traditional Windows desktop apps, not just Windows Store apps.
Over the spring and summer, we promised to address these “soon after VC++ 2012 ships.”
Well, VC++ 2012 shipped four weeks ago.
What’s happened since then?
3. On the same day VS2012 shipped, four weeks ago, we also announced and released Visual Studio 2012 Desktop Express – a free Visual Studio version for writing traditional Windows applications.
2. Today, we are pleased to share a “community tech preview” (CTP) of Windows XP targeting in Visual C++ 2012, being delivered as part of Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 CTP 3. You can download the preview here. See the announcement page for details, known issues, and full release information.
1. Stay tuned…