Posted by: kurtsh | February 12, 2008

INFO: Visual Basic 6.0 goes completely out of support in April 2008

Yep.  You read that right.  Interesting ‘eh?

Visual Basic 6.0 at long last, goes completely out of support on April 8th, 2008 and that means no more support or fixes for that development environment.  (Bear in mind, it was released in January 1999)

Here’s a few other products going out of support you might be interested in:

  • Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine went completely out of support on December 31st, 2007
  • Commerce Server 2000 goes completely out of support on April 8th, 2008
  • Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack ‘Zero’ goes completely out of support on January 8th 2008 (i.e. must upgrade to at least Service Pack 1)
  • Office 2003 Service Pack 2 goes completely out of support on October 14th, 2008 (i.e. must upgrade to at least Service Pack 3)

Additionally, here’s a few products that are dropping into "Extended Hotfix Support" so the best you’ll be able to get are security hotfixes for them moving forward:

  • SQL Server 2000 goes to Extended Hotfix Support only on April 8th, 2008 (i.e. only security fixes, no functional, performance, or stability fixes will be produced)
  • Commerce Server 2002 goes to Extended Hotfix Support only on July 8th, (i.e. only security fixes, no functional, performance, or stability fixes will be produced)

For more information on Product Support Lifecycle:
If you’re interested in more information about expiring support or general lifecycle dates for Microsoft Products, go to:  http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle


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