Finally, thanks to help from @veikkoeeva, we have a working test build of zcash for Windows!
I'm still working on the metrics screen that outputs the ASCII art (ugh, lots of "#ifdef WIN32" going on there!), and it has an issue verifying all of the block chain (it hangs after block 395!), but we've got an issue opened about that with ZcashCo (however if you notice anything especially weird about block 396 that I missed, please shout it out!).
As soon as the sync issue is taken care of, I'm going to start work with @zab on integrating it with the Zcash Swing Wallet by @vaklinov, even if I don't have all the ASCII art issues solved yet, as it doesn't matter in that use case (it'll be in daemon mode and the rpc interface works fine).
HOWEVER, I'm woefully short of funds, I'm down to less than US$50 in the bank. We're inches (centimeters? ) away from Zcash for Windows, with a GUI, no less, which I think we'll all agree will help the entire Zcash ecosystem and boost it's value for everyone. So PLEASE help out at any level that you can! Donation addresses for various cryptocurrencies and via Paypal at my website linked at the end of this post.