Visual Studio End of Life

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 is going end of life on October 12, 2021. The long-running integrated development environment (IDE) by Microsoft is used all over the world to develop software, websites, mobile apps, and more.

What is Microsoft Visual Studio?

First released in 1997, Microsoft Visual Studio is one of the longest-running integrated development environments for creating software, websites, mobile apps, and more. Visual Studio includes an advanced code editor featuring syntax highlighting and code completion for variables, functions, methods, and more. Additionally, it includes a debugger for debugging applications and a designer. It also includes a long list of additional modules that can be used for development including data and server explorers to make managing databases and their connections easier.

Visual Studio Lifecycle

Currently, Visual Studio has five versions that are still supported. Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2019. For Visual Studio, Microsoft uses its product fixed lifecycle policy of 10 years with the first 5 years being mainstream support to provide feature updates, platform updates, security updates, and functionality fixes, and the second 5 years of Extended support provide security updates.

In addition to the version, there are also multiple editions. While versions 2012-2017 have more than 3 editions, the primary editions for Visual Studio remain a free community edition, a professional edition, and an enterprise edition with each edition having a slightly different feature set.

With the multitude of supported versions, it can be extremely difficult to keep tabs on when specific versions are no longer supported. To help with this, we've created a color-coded report that shows when Visual Studio versions are end of life or will be going end of life so you can be prepared before support is stopped.

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