There are plenty of great compilers and toolchains out there too. If you don't like the Visual Studio IDE and you don't like the Visual Studio toolchain (because it won't compile for XP), why are you bothering to use Visual Studio?
So, we are saying "Microsoft, we'd like to use your compiler, but we can't afford losing support for XP, here's why, please reconsider that decision of yours", and you are saying "go away and use a different compiler". Classy.
Sorry for being blunt, but perhaps it is indeed best if you don't post any more of this nonsense you so gloriously call "a viewpoint" here.