[C++-sig] Re: OT: VC6 -> VC7

Brett Calcott brett.calcott at paradise.net.nz
Sun May 18 13:09:46 CEST 2003

"Tim Peters" wrote:
> > I'm using VC6 Prof, and would like to upgrade to avoid the internal
> > compiler errors - but I am a little confused by the MS literature.
> > Can someone let meknow whether this product:
> >
> > Microsoft® Visual C++T .NET Standard 2003
> >
> > which only costs $263.20 (New Zealand dollars), and is not an
> > upgrade, has all of the code optimisations.
> It does not.  See the third row in this table:
>     http://msdn.microsoft.com/visualc/howtobuy/choosing.aspx

Thanks for responding Tim. I was confused as I came across this:


It is headed "Microsoft Visual C++T.NET Standard 2003", and lists as one
of the benefits:

"Create Highly Tuned Unmanaged Windows-based Applications and Components
Write and compile unmanaged x86 code. Speed up your application or
reduce its size with optimization options for a range of processors,
including Whole Program Optimization, and support for Streaming SIMD
Extensions (SSE) and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2) instruction

I had another look, and found a second page:


There is another page headed "Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Standard" (no
2003), which does not list these benefits.

Could it be that this is some new release which includes optimisation.

Or just an advertising mistake...

> > I seem to remember MS sold some Academic or Cheaper version that
> > lacked a few essential items like optimisation.
> There's also Visual Studio .NET Academic.
> > I want to avoid having to purchase .NET studio, which contains lots
> > of stuff I'll never use.
> Sorry, I think you're stuck.  MS knows professional apps need the
> optimizer, so they don't put it in the cheapest product.  The same was
> true of VC6, of course.

Yeah, but with VC6 you could get a C++ Professional. There is no such
thing as .NET C++ Prof. You have to buy the whole .NET thing.

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