You are right.
Although the 1.7.99 tarball is not supposed to be used with MS Visual Studio, there is nobody ATM who can do that.
Maybe you could :-)
Try to get SVN source, there are some MSVS files, and you can take a look whether it works or if something has to be done.
CodeBlocks support would be nice, too, I guess that we shouldn't support anything else since it would be too hard to maintain.