Allow free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE
Microsoft currently make the VB6 programming language and IDE available to all MSDN subscribers for download from the subscriber downloads section. A generic subscriber key is also provided.
Microsoft should now make this available for free download without requiring a paid MSDN subscription.
This is already done with the Expression Web software, so it wouldn't be creating a new precedent.
VB6 is a very user friendly software and I wish to continue using it.
Web Developer commented
There is no excuse not to allow a free download of the VB6 programming environment.
VB6 Programming & VBA Programming commented
Microsoft should allow a free download of the VB6 programming language. It is on MSDN but only available with a paid subscription.
Just been sifting through my ancient backups (CDs) and realise I had the foresight to stash VB 6.0 onto CD 20 years ago and store it in my loft.
Having just dug it out, I'm looking forward to firing it up and reliving the good old days!
VB6 programming commented
Let Microsoft know you still use VB6 programming...
Installation wizard for Visual Studio 6.0.
The installer utility to help the installation of the VB6 programming IDE is available at...
It has been tested on Windows 10 v1803
Claus Neie commented
aggree...MS continue as 64bit version!
The VB6 programming IDE should be free now, yet Microsoft still insist on charging for it 20 years after launch.
I'm not sure there ever was a file "mdlg32.ocx". There is "comdlg32.ocx" which is supported.
"MSCOMCT2.ocx" is also supported.
See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-au/visualstudio/vb6/vb6-support for further details of vb6 programming support.
Vinod Gupta commented
Microsoft is going to support VB6 by 2025 as per below link.
There are list of unsupported runtime files for example mdlg32.ocx,MSCOMCT2 what happened with those application which are using these unsupported runtime files?
Does applications going to be halted once higher version of windows has been used?
Microsoft support statement for VB6 programming on Windows 10 v1709 and Windows Server 2016
Bring back VB6 programming commented
This should be free now.
Microsoft should allow a free download of the VB6 programming language and IDE.
It is included in a MSDN subscription, so there would be no technical difficulty in making a free download available.
marcus #vb6-programming commented
Download should be free (or VB6 should be offered for sale again) now that Microsoft support VB6 on the latest operating systems:-
I use the VB6 programming, VBA programming and VBScript programming languages.
n the May 2017 Tiobe.com survey...
Visual Basic has climbed to .... 2.347% and is now at position #12
C# has fallen to .......................3.457% and is now at position #5
VB.Net climbed to ...................3.391% and is now at position #6
Whatever Microsoft try, VB6 continues, while C# declines.
VB6 programming utilities commented
HOW TO INSTALL VB6 ON WINDOWS 7 and 10
Here is a utility to install the VB6 programming IDE on Windows 10 (and Windows 7 and 8).
VB6 programming should be free now.
Now that VB.Net's future is looking doubtful with Microsoft's new strategy for .Net https://www.infoq.com/news/2017/02/strategic-net it is more important than ever to make a free download of the VB6 programming IDE available.
Should allow free download. It will be needed for developing Windows apps for ARM.
Lofaday has a proposal for updating VB6 at www.vb64.com