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    Because C/C++ is used for big real apps. Almost none of the programs you use on a day-to-day basis are written in anything other than C/C++:

    The NT Kernel: Written in C
    All of Office (apart from Exchange): Written in C++
    The Explorer shell: Written in C++
    All of your device drivers: Written in C or C++
    Wireshark: Written in C++
    Visual Studio: Written in C++ (some of the GUI is managed C++)
    Open Office: Written in C++
    Any popular game that you care to mention: Written in C++
    Skype: Written in C++

    You get the drift. C# is great for mini-apps and apps for internal use in your company, sure, but when it comes to apps being sold for real money, C/C++ is where the industry is, and it's hardly surprising that Microsoft takes steps to make them happy.