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.
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
Windows 10 for PC – the full desktop version – is coming to mobile ARM processors in 2017.
Users will be able to install any x86 Win32 app – unmodified – from any source, no repackaging as UWP or delivery via the Windows Store required. The apps are not sandboxed and they will have full access to the OS.
Microsoft demoed a device easily running the full Adobe Photoshop app along with Microsoft Office.
Good news for VB6 programming.
Open Source VB6 programming commented
Microsoft say "the Visual Basic 6.0 IDE is available to all MSDN subscribers and can be downloaded at any time from the subscriber downloads section and installed. A generic subscriber key is provided for convenience if needed."
But it isn't a FREE download. VB6 is still making money for Microsoft.
Microsoft fears that if they open source VB6, huge percentage of developers will again shift back to VB6 rendering their new technology useless because everything could be done with VB6 which is done by their new technology today and that also in much less time. I assume they will only open source it when they break the compatibility of vbruntimes with windows OS and their MSoffice does not use the vbruntimes.
Microsoft refuse to allow a free download of VB6. You still have to pay for a MSDN subscription to be able to download. They also refuse to update VB6. And they refuse to open source VB6.
But, despite Microsoft, VB6 programming won't go away.
VB6 can be downloaded if you have paid for a MSDN subscription. Microsoft could now allow a free download.
Microsoft support VBA programming commented
Should be free now.
Microsoft have no excuse for still charging to download the VB6 programming language.
Make it a free download.
If Microsoft Expression Web can be downloaded free, why can't the VB6 programming language be downloaded at no cost
Open Source VB6 programming commented
Now is the time for Microsoft to open source VB6
Louise C commented
Should now be free download.
Anonymous VB6 programming supporter commented
Following Microsoft's announcement that VBdotNet has been downgraded to a second class dotNet language and with C# losing popularity it is important to allow a free download of the VB6 programming language.
Microsoft have announced VB.Net is now on a slow development track, prior to being abandoned. Microsoft must now allow free download of VB6.
90's VB6 programming old dog commented
Now that VB.Net is on its way out of the Tiobe top 10 languages it is time that Microsoft allowed a free download of its most popular ever VB6 programming language.
Obvious, simple and costs nothing. Just do it.