I always looked at MFC as an outdated, so-so Win32 wrapper BUT i must say, I was really impressed when they resurrected it in the 2008 feature pack.
The docking system, the toolbars, the ribbons, everything works very well and requires very little code to create a very nice looking, native application. Everything is wrapped in a clean way where you dont have to worry about the low-level Win32 stuff that is going on underneath.
I am thrilled to see that they go a step further with VS2010 and I hope MS keeps updating MFC for many years to come. Keep up the good work Pat.