[Interest] MSVC not-the-latest: are you using it? why?

Adam Light aclight at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 17:45:25 CET 2023

On Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 3:06 PM Thiago Macieira <thiago.macieira at intel.com>

> But on Windows and on macOS, the compiler updates are disconnected from
> the OS
> version. Hence the question: if you can install compiler version Y using
> the
> same mechanism you installed version X, why won't you?
Outside of inertia, which is powerful, one consideration may be cost. While
there is a free "Community" version of Visual Studio, it places pretty
strict limitations on the kind of companies that can use it. A single user
perpetual license is about $500 USD and, in my experience, not particularly
easy to purchase for a small team. One can purchase a license for
themselves through the Microsoft store, but as far as I could tell
purchasing a small handful of licenses requires each person to do the
purchase themselves (and deal with getting reimbursed) or you must go
through a reseller, and we haven't been able to find a reseller
willing/able to sell us perpetual copies (I'm not sure how hard our
purchasing pers.

With that said, we have upgraded to VS 2022 and find it much better than
2017 (we skipped 2019), and we would not object to dropping 2019.

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