Microsoft said this week that it will support Visual Basic on .NET 5.0 but will no longer add new features or evolve the language.
“Starting with .NET 5, Visual Basic will support Class Library, Console, Windows Forms, WPF, Worker Service, [and] ASP.NET Core Web API … to provide a good path forward for the existing VB customer who want to migrate their applications to .NET Core,” the .NET team wrote in a post to the Microsoft DevBlogs. “Going forward, we do not plan to evolve Visual Basic as a language … The future of Visual Basic … will focus on stability, the application types listed above, and compatibility between the .NET Core and .NET Framework versions of Visual Basic.”
I’d care more if they had a policy of releasing old stuff from end-of-lifed product lines.
Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS is a nostalgic “something I pirated as a kid” but it’s rare and expensive to buy legitimately for use on a retro-nostalgia PC.