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MFC: Back to the Future

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Approximately three months ago I blogged about how Microsoft is planning to resuscitate MFC. With the release of Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”) fast approaching Microsofties are releasing more details about the new VC++ is general, and MFC in particular. Apparently Microsoft is planning a huge update for MFC including such functions as:

  • Vista theme support, allowing your application to dynamically switch between themes.
  • The Office 2007 UI, including the Ribbon bar look in all its glory, with the ribbon itself, the pearl, quick access toolbar, status bar, and more.
  • The Office 2003 and XP UI, including Outlook-style shortcut bar, Office-style toolbars and menus, print preview, live font picker, color picker, etc.
  • The Internet Explorer UI, including rebars and task panes in all their glory.
  • The Visual Studio UI, with sophisticated docking functionality, auto hide windows, property grids, MDI tabs, tab groups, and more.

Which leads me to ask: Is MFC the new .NET? 

Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. Mr. Shappir joined Ericom in 2001 and brings over 15 years experience in computer programming, and in the design and architecture of software products. Mr. Shappir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. | Ericom Software
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