Open any folder with C++ sources in Visual Studio 2017 RC

With the Visual Studio 2017 RC release, we’re continuing to improve the “Open Folder” capabilities for C++ source code. In this release, we’re adding support for building as well as easier configuration for the debugger and the C++ language services. If you are just getting started with “Open Folder” or want to read about these… Read more

CMake support in Visual Studio – the Visual Studio 2017 RC update

Visual Studio 2017 RC is an important release when it comes to its support for CMake. The “Tools for CMake” VS component is now ready for public preview and we’d like to invite all of you to bring your CMake projects into VS and give us feedback on your experience. For an overview of the… Read more

CMake support in Visual Studio

Updated on 11/16 to incorporate new functionality in Visual Studio 2017 RC release Visual Studio 2017 introduces built-in support for handling CMake projects. This makes it a lot simpler to develop C++ projects built with CMake without the need to generate VS projects and solutions from the command line. This post gives you an overview… Read more

Bring your C++ codebase to Visual Studio with “Open Folder”

Updated on 11/16 with the latest updates in Visual Studio 2017 RC release. Welcome to Visual Studio 2017 RC! Starting with this release, Visual Studio supports opening folders containing source code without the need to create any solutions or projects. This makes it a lot simpler to get started with Visual Studio, even if your… Read more

C++ Edit and Continue in Visual Studio 2015 Update 3

We’ve been continuing to improve on C++ Edit and Continue (EnC) since we shipped it in Visual Studio 2015 with the default debug engine and the VC 140 toolset. We’ve addressed a fair bit of customer feedback and based on this, I’ll go over the latest developments in C++ EnC for Update 3 (download) and other… Read more

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 RC Available

Hello. Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 Release Candidate (known issues) is available now. It includes a number of goodies for C++ developers, but before we take a look, the Visual C++ team wants to thank everyone who has provided feedback over the last year. Your comments and suggestions (and frowns) have helped us plan and… Read more

GoingNative 32: C++17 Sneak Preview

From Sneak Preview of C++17 Channel9: Join us with ISO Committee member (and Microsoft as well, of course =P) Gabriel Dos Reis, who graciously took the time to give us the inside scoop of some things that made it into C++17, as well as things that got taken out. All this is fresh off the press of the… Read more

iOS / Linux Cross-Platform C++ Survey

We want you to take another survey. Many of you continue to participate in our surveys and opt-in for one-on-one conversations about your development habits. Your feedback helps us better understand the peculiarities of cross-platform development and the challenges of specific platforms when it comes to C++. Again we return to you for help understanding… Read more

Visual C++ Compiler on Rise4Fun

As you know, through CTPs and Preview releases, we have been trying to make the Visual C++ compiler bits available more frequently.  In the same line, we have now decided to provide a view into the live development branch for the Visual C++ compiler through the website This site allows you to compile simple… Read more

All about C++ Refactoring in Visual Studio 2015 Preview

Hello C++ World! Update (1/6/2015): Check out all these features in action — as well as how they’ve been improved since Preview — in this video! With Wednesday’s release of Visual Studio 2015 Preview, we are pleased to present you with new and improved coding productivity features, not the least of which is (finally) Refactoring for… Read more