Firstly thanks for reaching out to the community. I hope the reach can extend out to the trenches. Do appreciate the C++ weekly.
I wouldn't view response or lack of here as any indication as to the size/strength of the C++ community. I'm not sure how many really know about this area and still the magazines are all about managed. I too miss the glory days of VC6. I hope some effort is spent to exceed the UI performance that was back then. Can't really use the IDE on a laptop on battery power due to high power consumption. I'm hopeful vNext can have C++ tooling that actually works. Have been unable to use (on x64 OS) Sampling Performance analysis on 32-bit (doesn't work). Instrumentation flat out fails (both 32/64).
To answer some questions. I use C++ is used for application development. Not simple apps, but real down to the metal powerful applications that are highly responsive and mature. CPU power is available where it's needed, namely for audio processing/synthesis and the like and not on higher level language interpretation.
Thanks for the opportunity to say this.