Wow! No is not out of date and it will not in a short term.
There are a lot of compilers. Apart from the Visual Studio, you can use borland and eclipse with the C++ plugin.
Thanks for giving me a nudge i did mean to reply but then forgot, just to say it was her, got a message from her saying she changed teh script after reading something somewhere, she still says it wasnt her and she had to do something differant, a work around if you will but i know enough about it to know she's just bluffing.