Yes, I understand your VS 2008 problem that it's mine too.
The tabs, as the new application "look" in general are given by the Visual Studio 2008 Feature Pack
and I think that they are born to live inside VS 2008 with the new MFC version.
This feature pack is essentially based on the BCGSoft
library that I'm currently using in VS 2005, and I can say that it haves too many cross-dependences that will give alot of trouble trying to extract the only parts the project can need in the CE (probably license limitations too).
In my opinion, maybe after some studies the CE can migrate in something new based on the VS 2008 and it will have alot of advantages. Consider the "property control
", the "caption bar
" and the "menu and toolbar customization
" for sample:
Honestly I don't know if this moving will be easy or not; inside the CE code, I have found alot of hacks to overcome some MFC limitations that where present the time Ingyu Kang have worked on this great project. For sample, this means that I don't know if it's easier to move the CE into a new AppWizard build MFC project, or to try to use the new MFC classes inside the current CE.
Currently I'm not VS 2008 licensed yet, and I'm using the evaluation version to understand if the product deserves. Anyway I think I'll buy it soon cause I'm working with a VS 2005 customer license and I find these things very interesting to give something new to my projects.
Anyway I'll try to see if I can help with some other points into the current CE version.