Herb Sutter announced some very exciting news coming from the C++ committee. We can look forward to lambda expressions, closures, inheriting constructors, nested exceptions, and more.
There’s no telling yet when exactly these additions will make their way into compilers like Visual C++ but approval by the committee is certainly a good kick start. Combine this with the previously approved TR1 update and I would expect the next major release of Visual Studio to be a very exciting one for C++ developers.
I have written an article on the TR1 and MFC updates to Visual C++ that will be published in MSDN Magazine in the next month or two. Stay tuned!