Back in April I blogged about our initial thoughts on the future of Visual C++. Soma shared some more information on this earlier this month.

The team is working on a significant update to the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) due as an update to Visual Studio 2008 in the first half of 2008. 

Using this update to MFC, developers will be able to create applications with the “look and feel” of Microsoft’s Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.  Some of the specific features include:

  • Office 2007 Ribbon bar look
  • Internet Explorer look with rebars and task panes
  • Visual Studio look with sophisticated docking functionality, auto hide windows, property grids and the like

Great news for our ISVs still dependent upon MFC (of which there are a fair few!)