Creating Desktop Apps with Visual C++ 2012

It’s been a busy few weeks and I’m just now catching up with some announcements.

My latest column for the February 2013 issue of MSDN Magazine is available online as well as in print.

With all the hype over Windows 8 and what are now known as Windows Store apps, I’ve received some questions about the relevance of desktop apps and whether Standard C++ is still a viable choice going forward. These questions are sometimes hard to answer, but what I can tell you is that the Visual C++ 2012 compiler is more committed than ever to Standard C++ and it remains the best toolchain, in my humble opinion, for building great desktop apps for Windows whether you’re targeting Windows 7, Windows 8 or even Windows XP.

You can find links to more of my articles here.

3 thoughts on “Creating Desktop Apps with Visual C++ 2012

  1. Lete Habari

    So how does an independant developer that DOES NOT want to give Microsoft a slice of the sale via their store get his / her app. installed on customers machines? If I am developing using WINRT and METRO?

    Seems to me that under the guise of “security” both Apple and Microsoft are determined to either control all developers, or push them out of the picture.


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