It would be really nice if Microsoft developed a rich UI framework for C++ to be used for desktop apps, and made it part of Visual Studio.
For store apps, it is possible to use WPF, which is a managed framework.
It would be a very good strategy for Microsoft to promote C++ development, if they wrote a decent UI framework. Let us be sincere, it should not be that difficult for them.
Been there and done that. Microsoft has had C++ for UI prior to OLE and VB and Winforms and WPF etc. I have done C++ for a long time and I welcomed the improvement in C#. They are working on compiling C# to native and it should work fine for most UI work. I do NOT want Microsoft spending time on C++ for UI. It is just plain stupid at this point. I know a lot of you are just learning programming and they teach C/C++ as the systems programming language and it has great uses but not at higher UI levels. I have seen some of the stuff they showed at Build with the new C++ and the syntax is ugly and has a tough learning curve. It does not make a lot of sense to bring it back at this point.