Stay up-to-date with the Visual C++ tools on NuGet

Update 3 Mar ’17: A number of people have asked if a ZIP of our toolset is available. You might not realize it, but the NuGet format is just a ZIP file with an extra metadata file. If you download the current NuGet package and rename the file from .nuget to .zip you can open… Read more

Announcing the official release of the Visual C++ Build Tools 2015

Looking for the Visual Studio 2017 Build Tools? See this blog post about the new VS 2017 installer that makes the Build Tools part of the regular VS product. Last November we previewed a different way of installing the C++ tools: Visual C++ Build Tools 2015. The Build Tools are the same C++ tools that you get… Read more

Try out the latest C++ compiler toolset without waiting for the next update of Visual Studio

Updated 22 Apr 2016: The NuGet package is now being uploaded daily. The payload doesn’t change every day but you should see new bug fixes and/or feature updates every five days or so. See the blog post announcement here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/vcblog/2016/04/26/stay-up-to-date-with-the-visual-c-tools-on-nuget. Last November we announced a prerelease of the Visual C++ Build Tools, a standalone C++ installer for build… Read more

Setup Changes in Visual Studio 2015 Affecting C++ Developers

As mentioned in the Visual Studio 2015 IDE blog post, the setup experience of the product now provides more control to the user, for what does and doesn’t get installed.  That blog post also talks about the rationale for this change and future direction for Visual Studio install experience.  C++ is one of the features… Read more