Visual C++ in Visual Studio 2015
The Visual C++ language and development tools help you develop native Universal Windows apps, native desktop and server applications, cross-platform libraries that run on Android and iOS as well as Windows, and managed apps that run on the .NET Framework.
This content is for developers who have Visual C++ installed and have at least a basic knowledge of C++ programming. To download a paid or free edition of Visual Studio 2015, go to https://www.visualstudio.com/.
In Visual Studio 2015, Visual C++ is not installed by default. When installing, be sure to choose Custom installation and then choose the C++ components you require. Or, if Visual Studio is already installed, choose File | New | Project | C++ and you will be prompted to install the necessary components.
To learn introductory C++ programming concepts, go to one of the many websites that offer this content, or get a copy of Programming -- Principles and Practice Using C++ (Second Edition) by the inventor of C++, Bjarne Stroustup.
If you are an end-user looking for a particular C++ redistributable package and runtime components so that you can run a program, go to the Microsoft Download Center and enter Visual C++ in the search box.
To find out about how to create projects, work with source code files, link to libraries, compile, debug, profile, deploy, and more, see Tools for Visual C++ Development.