In case some of you missed it, Soma recently announced Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop development. This express edition will include the latest VC++ compiler and libraries, which is great for students, new developers and open source application developers.
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Any news on whether it's going to include support for C++ AMP?
// I've asked under the original post a while ago, but it must've been drowned by the other comments ;-)
That's great news. Some sanity back.
Yes! It will include C++ AMP and other concurrency technologies such as PPL Tasks, auto-vectorizer and auto-parallelizer.
@vcblog: that's great news, thanks for the confirmation!
i have being waiting for it for a looong time
Will it support C too?
I mean, I've long lost hope of Visual ever supporting C99, but will it at least correct the bug where Intellisense believes itself in C++ and shows error on constructs that are perfectly valid in C?
Great news, thank you. What about support for XP? Without support for XP, VS11 is not even an option for my team.
Sorry - there is no update to share on the C side of things at this time.
@medinoc: I don't think that's exclusively a C issue. When writing C++, Intellisense is also polluted by the belief that you're actually writing C++/CLI or C++/CX or another proprietary dialect of the day.
So I don't think the issue is "Intellisense doesn't understand C", but rather "Intellisense doesn't know which language it's reading". And *that* would be nice to see fixed, regardless of whether you're writing C or C++
Does it contain a compiler for x64?
What about the Windows SDK btw? Will that contain a compiler as well?
The Express edition in VS 2010, did not carry the x64 compiler. I take it that you want it :). I'll send the feedback along.
Sorry - no change in plan with respect to Windows SDK. As announced earlier, the Windows SDK no longer ships with a complete build environment. You would need to install the compiler and build environment separately.
@vcblog: Well, with VS10 we could install a x64 compiler by installing the Windows SDK 7.1. But since the SDK does no longer contain a a compiler, that option is not available for VS11. So I would really like to see a compiler for x64 in VS11 Express. (Or add it to Windows SDK again)
Great news, thanks.
But now that a free compiler is available *anyway*, could we please get it added to the SDK as well once again?
We (and a lot of other companies) use the SDK to run our build server. It doesn't need Visual Studio, it just needs a compiler and the relevant libraries.
Removing the compiler from the SDK is making our lives harder for what seems like no good reason.