At the beginning of January, Microsoft released a beta version of MFC Feature Pack, an exstension to the MFC shipped with Visual Studio 2008. This feature pack allows developers to create applications with the look and feel of Office, Visual Studio and Internet Explorer. MFC application can now support:
- Office Ribbon
- Office 2003, XP and 2007 look and feel
- docking toolbars and panes in the Visual Studio style
- customizable toolbars and menus
- advanced GUI controls
- advaced MDI tabs and groups
I have published an article on www.codeguru.com about enabling Office 2007 style on a MDI application. The article is called MFC Feature Pack: An Introduction. I encourage you to read it. A Romanian version will be available soon at www.codexpert.ro.