I have recently built Abiword using Wine/Ubuntu and using MSVS2008 apart from the typical Linux build. Since Microsoft Visual Studio build has not been completed yet (The sub menus missing yet, and hence currently under development), it seems cross building is a good option for building Abiword for Windows.
Snapshot 1: Abiword built using Wine, running on Ubuntu
Snapshot 2: Abiword.exe built above is now running on Windows
Snapshot 3: See the difference of Abiword built using Ubuntu (the standard build process), and using Ubuntu/Wine cross building, running on Ubuntu