Visual C++ Orcas Feature Specifications online

To allow customers to evaluate and plan for our upcoming “Visual Studio Orcas” release (and to highlight exactly what we have accomplished), we are sharing our Orcas Feature Specifications as soon as features make it out the door – either via a Community Technology Preview (CTP) or, in the future, as part of an Orcas Beta. The March CTP was a big milestone for Visual C++ – almost all our Orcas features are now available via this CTP. So now it is your chance to look over our specifications (and, via our CTP, their implementation) and see what we will be delivering. Please go the ‘Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework “Orcas” webpage’ and scrolled down to the Visual C++ section to see just what we have been up to (or look at the other sections to see what everyone else has been doing too!)

Online, you can now get specifications for:

You will need an XPS viewer to read these files, downloadable at:



There are also some channel 9 videos on some of these new features (and other aspects of the work we are currently doing):

There are two more videos in the pipeline too. And you can also find out more about our Orcas features via team member posts on this blog, for example:

Let us know what you think!



Damien Watkins