Herb Sutter (champion of VC++ compiler evolution at Microsoft) posted an interesting poll today. He wants to know what the C++ developer community thinks about priorities for the next release.
Editorial comment: I’m not surprised that conformance is winning over performance or fancy features. MS’s compiler has always been easy to use in a vacuum, but a pain when interoperability and cross-platform matter. When Herb went to MS, things improved drastically, but my perception is that gcc leapfrogged VC++ a year or two back, as C++11 began to gel. (VS 2012 probably gets back to parity again; I haven’t poked into it deeply, yet.)