C++ Compiler Updates – September 2013

In September 2013, Minimalist GNU for Windows (MinGW) was updated to version 4.8.1 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC).

MinGW: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/

Changes to GCC 4.8 and GCC 4.8.1: http://gcc.gnu.org/gcc-4.8/changes.html

Changes to MinGW for GCC 4.8.1: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mingw/files/MinGW/Base/gcc/Version4/gcc-4.8.1-2/

MinGW also sports a new installer. As of this post, the current installer does not create a fstab file in C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\etc\, so you have to create one yourself that defines /mingw so that when you run C:\MinGW\msys\1.0\msys.bat, the prompt created will be able to find g++ in the /mingw/bin path.

Note: GCC 4.8.1 implements the entire C++11 language, but doesn’t yet support the entire C++11 library.


For Visual Studio, Microsoft is getting closer to releasing a compiler that supports most of the C++11 language. The Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate can be downloaded here:
… and can be read about here:

Note: Visual Studio 2013 implements the entire C++11 library, but doesn’t yet support the entire C++11 language.

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