You couldn't have said better! C9 should have a question rating capability! (y)
I'm a C++ developer with 3 years of VC++ compiler use! In this small time, I have come to the same conclusions, just by looking at, for instance, the C++11 conformance on VC++!
The fact that Microsoft is a company that sells the compiler, exposes even more the problem with the delay in shipping a feature like C++11, and how much Microsoft cares about the C++!
But I understand! The big guys on the company probably say things like these:
"Forget about native C++! It's Herb business ( meaning, the Standards Committee )! Let's focus on Xbox,
C# .Net and Windows 8!"
Herb is doing an amazing job in the WG21, which is awesome, and it is what brings us to an inevitable question: What would be of native C++ on VC++ compiler if he wasn't at Microsoft? :O
Makes me sad think about all of this!
This is so cool! A fun way to make developers explore VS enjoy what it offers!!