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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <>
Subject Re: Discuss: Dropping dsw/dsp files
Date Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:50:25 GMT
On 1/20/2012 3:39 PM, Gregg L. Smith wrote:
> On 1/20/2012 1:04 PM, William A. Rowe Jr. wrote:
>> On 1/20/2012 2:50 PM, Steffen wrote:
>>> Building with GUI must be possible, always ! That is just the very strong point
>>> building windows;  do not degrade.
>> Did not suggest otherwise (with still supported products al la studio 2003+).
>> That doesn't include supporting a 6-year-dead gui already requiring an extra
>> years-dead SDK.  Remember 2.4.0 is a complete break with the past in terms of
>> binary compatibility.  It is the time to lose baggage.
> My concern for removing dsw/dsp was less about supporting VC6 and more about supporting
> faster way of converting the solution/projects files, this is my big concern. To keep
> these, and supply VC10 sln/proj seems to me the best way to deal with this *at this time*
> and is a win/win for everything VC >= 7.
> The easiest way to kill support for VC6 is the move to C99, not necessarily dumping the
> dsw/dsp files :) Please do not think of them as baggage, but instead as a tool to get
> where any one of us VC <=9 might want to go quickly, until such time as there is another
> I'll grant you, it seems the full package of these is a little over 800k. Storage is
> cheap, or is what I read all the time. Bandwidth on the other hand is not, and zip is
> nothing close to tar.gz when it comes to text files it seems sadly.
> You mentioned that 2003 & 2005 have extended support, what makes you sure 2008 will
> get same, since 2010 was not well adopted? We'll have to wait and see how 2011 plays

Extended support is irrespective of adoption.  Extended does not mean full support.
Read up on MS's EOL policies (others call this twilight support, extended commercial
support, security-fix-only support, legacy deployments only support, etc etc).
VS2008 goes into 2018, VS2010 goes into 2020.

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