A couple of months ago, I blogged about our plans to invest in native librariesToday, we are taking the next step forward in that journey. 


I am pleased to announce the beta version of the Visual C++ 2008 Feature Pack is now available for downloadThis drop provides a major update to MFC as well as an implementation of the TR1 library. 


Using the new MFC library, developers will be able to create applications that feature the “look and feel” of Microsoft’s most popular products – including Office, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.  With the TR1 library, developers gain access to a number of important features such as smart pointers, regular expression parsing and new container classes. 


For more information, check out the C++ team blog.