The next incarnation of Visual C++, due in March, is expected to get some much needed Internet enhancements. Microsoft desperately needs to revamp its six-year old C++ development tool in order to offer a viable alternative to Sun's Java, seen by many developers as a better and more elegant interpretation of an object-oriented programming language than C++. Microsoft is expected to offer several features designed to reduce the overall size of applications built in Visual C++. There will be a new lightweight application framework to replace MFC and an updated optimising compiler and linker.
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