> > IIRC Microsoft have a free download for non commercial use of their C++
> > since last year. I don't think it includes the environment though.
> I think you're right, I remember hearing about this. IDEs are overrated anyway
> and I don't think it's a good idea for beginner programmers to use them, but
> Microsoft's compiler was definitely not intended to be used on the command line
> the way GCC was.
No I think it is - I think they build a lot of their stuff internally using makefiles instead of an IDE
You learn something old everyday...