MultiCommander and the end of Windows XP Support

One thing that is a problem when developing MC is that it still kind of support Windows XP.
MC is not tested on XP but it is built to work on XP. and this is a problem.

A lot of new things have been added to Windows since XP SP3 was released.
Some part of MC can use the new features on new platforms but it is a pain and require a lot of extra work.
But it is not just new OS feature that is a problem, MC is built using the C++ programming language, And C++ have got a lot of new language features in recent years and some of them I cannot use since I have to build MC with Visual Studio 2013. 
VS2015 do have XP support but it is broken, And I can't use it and Microsoft will not fix it. And later this year C++17 will be released with even more new C++ features that I want to be able to use. And I need to be able to build MC using a modern C++ compiler. I can't be stuck on VS2013 forever.

Next Version and some plans for 2015

It was planned that a next version should have been out in mid December. But that didn't happen. Not even a beta is out and it is now mid January.
But a beta will come out soon, The new plan is a Beta before the end of the week

This delay is because I been very busy with other things so I have not had so much time to spend on MultiCommander that I thought. I have not had time to add any new major. But a couple of minor new features have been added and a bunch fixes. I have been doing lots of the ground work for some major features for the future so adding them should be faster. But that is nothing that you as a user are noticing in the program.

However, a while back when working on another project I created some text tools. And with just a little extra work I was able to move this tools into MultiCommander. It is not something that was really planed and not something that most people need. But they are two really useful text tool for some people and makes a good addition. So if we count them. Then two major feature was added.