I agree w/ cpprules, VC++ is well-attended to by Microsoft - it was not meant to be a visual language in the first place. The forms designer is a retrofit over C++ and works fine. If you need RAD, use C# or VB. If you need performance, C++ is your language. What lacks, in my opinion, is information on where Microsoft stands with COM, MFC and other technologies (e.g. ATL, DirectShow, etc). They continue to support it, and these technologies are really not dying, but there are only tidbits of relevant information exiting infrequently from Microsoft. And this unnerves those less in the know.
@Boris Jabes: You have been a really good sport about answering hostile questions in a civil manner! Thanks for putting up this interview, it IS appreciated.