"Most intriguing is a suggestion to include extended type information that will eliminate the need for IDLs and make it possible to generate standard bindings to external systems (COM, CORBA, SQL). Clearly Bjarne wants to position this as a platform-neutral, vendor-neutral, standardized alternative to the proprietary, vendor-supported languages that have emerged over the recent years. Audio MP3 and slides available on Dr. Dobb's TechNetCast." Thoughtfully, it's available to download as well (not just streaming), and accompanied by a transcript. Good listening.
lamefrog writes: "Bjarne Stroustrup and other members of the C++ community recently met to discuss new work on the language for the first time post-ISO standard (C++0x) in an effort to keep the language moving, avoid fossilization and avoid being overtaken by proprietary extensions. Suggested new features center around the standard library and include support for multi-threading and simple platform-independent systems abstractions (handles, TCP/IP, memory maps etc...)" (Read more.)