Seriously? That's the reason you're not using the most powerful IDE on windows?
And no. I've been using Microsoft compilers since DX 7.0 and VC++ 6.0. They are awesome. Again, not what I was talking about. I didn't do a very good job explaining my question.
Nobody said anything about compilers The question was about IDE, which encompasses much more than a call to the compiler with a bunch of args, which is something you'd do through a .bat file in your minimalist approach.
But hey, if you're aiming for something like what Casey is doing on Homemade Hero, props to you. I think he makes it look easy because it's something he did a thousand times over, and has a lot of stuff prepared from before, and has been doing it for a long time (specifically, i mean the emacs config).
If you simply don't like the VS editor, that's perfectly fine, but don't say it's because of the all caps menu titles.