Windows -> MSVC vs. gcc

Jesús Corrius jesus at
Wed Apr 25 08:55:00 PDT 2012

> could anyone of the Windows experts please give me some insight,
> why you're using MSVC for LO, instead of gcc ?
> Is there anything important that cannot be done w/ gcc ?

Short version:

The MSVC build is considered stable (has historically always been used
to compile OOo/LibO) while the gcc support is still experimental.
The are things that can't be compiled using gcc, mostly related to ATL
stuff used in the ActiveX control and shellextensions. Most of the
code (if not all) could be rewritten, but no one has shown real
interest in doing that yet.

Jesús Corrius <jesus at>

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