A recent downloadable Visual C++ 2008 feature pack beta has power tools covering both the client and server sides of things.
The VC++ 2008 MFC libraries have been extended to help developers work with the Office Ribbon style interface. An updated set of GUI controls has been included and Visual Studio-style docking toolbars and panes are supported.
Meanwhile, the release pack includes an implementation of the TR1 (Technical Report 1) additions to the ISO 2003 standard C++ library. Included are new containers – including tuple, array and unordered sets – polymorphic function wrappers and much more.