Time's Almost Up for Visual Studio 2005

Official Microsoft support for the decade-old development platform ends mid-April. So, who is still using it to develop enterprise-grade apps?

Who among Visual Studio Magazine readers is still trudging along developing and supporting apps on Visual Studio 2005? Well, Microsoft's Visual Studio team has blogged about the end of life support for the decade-old development platform, which happens April 12, 2016, which is about a month away.

"In line with our support policy, starting April 12th 2016 Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, technical support, or hotfixes, for all Visual Studio 2005 products and the redistributable components and runtimes included with them," writes Eric Zajac, a senior program manager with the Visual Studio team, in a blog post.

The end-of-life support applies to every version of Visual Studio 2005, but Zajac notes that "Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server ends on July 12th." Likewise, support for version 2.0 of the .NET Framework is ending April 12.

A recent Visual Studio Magazine reader survey showed negligible use of VS 2005, with a handful of readers citing that its use is mainly for supporting and maintaining older Visual Basic apps.

Are you using Visual Studio 2005 and plan to continue after end-of-life support? Post in the comments or write to me at [email protected].

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