Several Visual Studio versions will run out of support in 2022 or 2023. Customers who run Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7, and Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel are affected by this.
Microsoft’s work on Visual Studio 2022 version 17.1 continues with the release of Preview 6 this week. The studio responsible for creating Visual Studio released the first preview version of the new Visual Studio 2022 on November 8, 2022.
Several older versions of Visual Studio will run out of support in the coming two years. Microsoft recommends that customers upgrade to new versions that continue to be supported.
Here is the list of Visual Studio versions and when they will run out of support:
- Visual Studio 2012 reaches end of support on January 9, 2023.
- Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7 reaches end of support on April 12, 2022.
- Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel reaches end of support after April 2022.
Microsoft recommends Visual Studio 2022 for all customers who use previous versions of the development environment. The latest version is supported until January 2032.
Customers do have other options at their disposal, including Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11, which is supported until April 2029, Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9, which is supported until April 2027, Visual Studio 2015 update 3, which is supported until October 2025, or Visual Studio 2013 update 5, which is supported until April 2024.
Here is the a table with all end of support information:
|Visual Studio version||End of Mainstream Support||End of Support|
|Visual Studio 2022, Current Channel||January 2027||January 2032|
|Visual Studio 2022, version 17.0 LTSC||n/a||July 2023|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.11||April 2024||April 2029|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.9||n/a||October 2022|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.7||n/a||April 2022|
|Visual Studio 2017, version 15.9||April 2022||April 2027|
|Visual Studio 2015, Update 3 including KB3165756||October 2020||October 2025|
|Visual Studio 2013, Update 5||April 2019||April 2024|
|Visual Studio 2012, Update 5||January 2018||January 2023|
|Visual Studio 2010 and earlier||Out of support||Out of support|
Visual Studio users should take note that several older versions are in the extended support phase already. These versions do not receive feature updates anymore, but do receive security updates and critical bug fix updates.
Any Visual Studio 2022 LTSC release is supported for 18 months before an upgrade to a new LTSC version is required.
Check out Microsoft’s blog post on the official Visual Studio Dev Blog for additional information.
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