quick status update:

over 1000 votes at the uservoice site:

http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2287078-allow-mfc-11-to-run-in-xp-sp3

over 200 on the connect site:

http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/690617/

still no mainstream media coverage:

http://supportxp.com/2012/04/06/absence-of-media-coverage-regarding-the-lack-of-xp-support-in-vc11/

static link workaround developed:

http://tedwvc.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/how-to-get-visual-c-2012-vc-11-beta-statically-linked-crt-and-mfc-applications-to-run-on-windows-xp/

All I can say right now is *please* keep up the pressure.  This is not the time to throw in the towel regarding XP support in VC11.  Anyone on the TAP program or some super-elite special relationships with Microsoft (e.g. 1000s of licenses of MSDN), now is the time to play your cards.  Contact Microsoft and make it clear to them that you are not going to touch this product for years to come. 

A big thank you to the supporters so far!