Microsoft Refreshes Visual C++, Ends VB 6 Support

With the release of a new feature pack for Visual C++ 2008, developers can now write applications that feature the Office 2007 appearance, a Microsoft senior executive announced this week. At the same time, the company also discontinued support for its aging Visual Basic 6 integrated development environment, or IDE — to the dismay of some die-hard users.

“I am pleased to announce that the Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack has shipped,” S. Somasegar, senior vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, said on his blog this week.

“The Feature Pack provides several exciting features for C++ developers, such as a major update to MFC [Microsoft Foundation Classes] and an implementation of TR1 [Technical Report 1],” the post said.

The MFC gives C++ users access to the Windows programming interfaces, while TR1 is a set of suggested additions to the International Organization for Standardization’s C++ standard. Using the newly added MFC components, “developers can create applications with the ‘look and feel’ of Microsoft’s most popular products — Microsoft Office, Visual Studio and Internet Explorer,” his posting continued.

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