Dropping support for Visual Studio .Net 2002 and 2003

We are dropping support for Visual Studio .Net 2002 from release 6.6 of The Server Framework which is due early next year. We don’t expect that this will cause anyone any problems as this compiler became unsupported by Microsoft in 2009, and most native C++ people seemed to skip this release entirely.

We are also considering dropping support for Visual Studio .Net 2003. This compiler is still supported by Microsoft until 2013 but we expect that most people interested in native C++ will have switched to Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 at the earliest opportunity.

Feedback is essential here. If you DO still need Visual Studio .Net 2003 support then we need to know, otherwise we may bring forward its retirement date…