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End of support for Visual Studio 2013 in sight

End of support for Visual Studio 2013 in sight

Microsoft has indicated that the extended support phase for Visual Studio 2013 will end this year. As of April 9, 2024, this version of the development platform will no longer be supported and will be considered end-of-life. The end is also slowly approaching for older versions other than Visual Studio 2022.

Microsoft is warning Visual Studio users that the extended support, which still provides security updates to customers, will be discontinued as of April 9 this year. This marks the definitive end of all support for this old version of the development platform.

Affected versions

Specifically, a number of different Visual Studio 2013 versions are affected. These are Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Community, Express for Web, Express for Windows, Express for Windows Desktop, Team Explorer, Test Professional. Also ends support for Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated and Isolated).

In addition, the end of support for the Visual Studio 2013 version concerns certain components such as Deployment Agents, Agent IntelliTrace Collector, Microsoft Azure Tools, Multibyte MFC Library, Remote Tools, Release Management, SDK, SQL Server Data Tools, Team Explorer, and Web Tools Extension.

Users of Visual Studio 2013 are advised to migrate to Visal Studio 2022 as soon as possible.

Support for other versions

In addition to the final end of support for Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft also gave an update on support for other old versions of the development tool.

Visual Studio 2015, specifically the versions starting with Visual Studio 2015 version 15.9, which are already in extended support, will get it until Oct. 14, 2025. There will only be security fixes until then. Visual Studio 2017, also from version 15.9, will also remain in extended support until April 13, 2027. Again, this again only provides security updates.

Visual Studio 2019, version 16.11, remains under normal support until April 9, 2024. From that date, that support shifts to extended support as well. That support phase will end on April 10, 2029.

Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel will no longer receive updates at all. Users must upgrade to Visual Studio 2019 Release Channel (version 16.11) or Visual Studio 2022 Preview.

Also read: Visual Studio 17.9 Preview 2 released: focuses on .NET and C++