Visual Studio End of Life

Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 (LTSC channel) will be going end of life on the 11th of July 2023. As one of the longest-running integrated development environments (IDE), Microsoft Visual Studio is used all over the world to develop software, websites, mobile apps, and more. Make sure to update all installations in your network to minimize security risks.

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. On top of all that, you can find a long list of additional modules 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 2013, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2019, and Visual Studio 2022. For Visual Studio, Microsoft uses its product fixed lifecycle policy of 10 years. The first 5 years are mainstream support which includes feature updates, platform updates, security updates, and functionality fixes. The next 5 years of Extended support, offers only 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. Each edition has a slightly different feature set.

Lastly, Visual Studio has three channels, a Preview Channel, Current Channel, and a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC). New features and bug fixes are introduced on the Preview Channel to allow users to provide early feedback. Once these features are deemed ready for widespread use, they are released on the Current Channel. Occasionally, Preview Features are also included in the Current Channel, giving users the opportunity to try out new features and share their feedback without requiring another installation. Lastly, Long-Term Servicing Channels (LTSC) are offered to provide development teams with more control over when they choose to adopt new feature releases.

Only LTSC versions are supported for longer periods while for Current Channels, only the most recent version is supported.

Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 (LTSC Channel) End of Life

Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 is going end-of-life on July 11th, 2023. It is the first version of Visual Studio 2022 to reach its EOL. Make sure to update your installations to version 17.2 or higher in order to remain supported. Aside from being supported, version 17.2 also adds a list of new features that you can benefit from, including but not limited to:

  • Continued improvements to the C# and .NET experiences
  • New Git performance and experiences
  • Updates for C++ developers
  • New Azure tools for local development and deployment

Visual Studio 2012 End of Life

Visual Studio 2012 will go end of life on January 10, 2023. This applies to all editions of Visual Studio 2012 and its associated products, runtimes, and components. This means that from that moment on there will be no more supported versions of this product. Microsoft highly recommends that you upgrade to a newer version of Visual Studio as 2012 will no longer receive security updates. You can find more information about the end of support on Microsoft's blog.

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.9 End of Life

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.9 will go end-of-life on October 11, 2022. To ensure your Visual Studio installation is fully supported it is advised to update to version 16.11 or higher. Aside from being supported, version 16.11 also adds a list of new features that you can make use of, including but not limited to:

  • Updated Help Menu
  • Git tooling improvements
  • .NET Hot Reload
  • Fixed an issue with the update command

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7 End of Life

Version 16.7 of Visual Studio 2019 went end-of-life on April 12, 2022. To ensure your Visual Studio installation is fully supported you should update to version 16.9 or higher. Aside from being supported, version 16.9 also adds a list of new features that you can make use of, including but not limited to:

  • Improvements to the IDE
  • A set of .NET productivity features
  • Remote debugging
  • Address sanitizer with C++
  • Improvements to GitHub Actions Tooling

Find Outdated Visual Studio Installations

With the multitude of supported versions, it can be 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 you which Visual Studio versions are end of life or will be going end of life. This allows you to prepare and update your installations before support ends.

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