Please, please compromise with Visual Basic 6 users...
It is abundantly clear that you will never produce a new version of VB6, especially not one which is 64-bit and cross platform. Doing so would compete with your goals of subscription based software in the near future.
So... how about a simple compromise with the VB6 users? I use VB.NET and I like it. But the syntax is extremely difficult for many users. However, I have been working around this problem for sometime now. I have created my own huge runtime library of wrapper functions (including API calls) to replace familiar VB6 functions which have been removed from VB.NET. Sure, the VB.NET controls are slightly different from those of VB6 (but far better in my opinion) and must be upgraded when porting a VB6 application to .NET. However, the syntax I program with now in VB.NET using my library is almost identical to that I used in VB 5 & 6. Honestly, there is little or no difference at all. I don't use any of the .NET syntax such as "If System.IO.File.Exists(Filename) = True" Then. I simply use my API warpper functions such as "If FileExists(Filename) = True Then".
Now... if we (meaning the VB6 user crowd) create our own consortium whereby we create, maintain, and share an open source runtime library or collection of wrapper functions to replicate the removed VB6 syntax, will you (meaning Microsoft and your manpower) compromise with us in creating for VB.NET a compiler to produce native code? Can you produce such a compiler so we can do away with that Just-in-time garbage compiler which produces slow, non-incrypted code?
If we exude the iniative to create an open source library which links to VB.NET in order to replicate the VB6 syntax, and you develop a .NET compiler for us which produces lightening-fast, fully native, encrypted, cross-platform, and 64-bit executables for desktop, tablet, mobile, and web applications, we will stop asking you to produce a new version of VB6. Of course, VB.NET would still need to include the JIT compiler for those who like it. We just want in the options dialog an additional choice of a native compiler.
So... think very carefully on this proposal. Please compromise with us. If you do your part and produce this compiler, we will do our part and produce the open source library(ies) which replicate the VB6 syntax. Since we will then have essentially what we are currently asking for, we will leave you alone and will stop asking for a new VB6.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Visual Basic programmers worldwide
You could update the VB6 programming language very easily by adding the 64bit features already in the VBA programming language.
Microsoft's support policy for VB6 programming...
The Visual Studio 6.0 Installer wizard v.5.0
This installs the VB6 programming IDE.
"Now is the time for Microsoft to update VB6 programming."
Agreed, we have waited too long.
Now is the time for Microsoft to update VB6 programming.
ARM brings back VB6 programming commented
Just bring back VB6 programming. .Net is too slow for ARM processors.
VB6 programming is still supported by Microsoft.
THE VB6 runtime is included in Windows 10
And the VB6 programming IDE installs on Windows 10
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).
Microsoft is bringing full Windows 10 desktop apps to ARM processors.
Good news for VB6 programming.
Microsoft should update the VB6 programming environment and make it compatible with the latest VBA programming version (7.1).
Zagor Tenay commented
I support this idea
Bring Back VB.Net commented
Now that VB.Net has been downgraded to a second-rate language and won't be updated very often there is little chance of this request being met.
VB.Net is being abandoned.
This would need to be able to open and compile VB6 code (either directly or by using a conversion utility) otherwise it offers little to VB6 developers.
If you have to rewrite legacy VB6 applications you can find better languages than VBdotNet.
Microsoft PhD commented
A new Visual Basic 6.X will happen, otherwise Microsoft disappears from the programming arena ...
The Codist commented
NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN.
Stop spamming the forum and give it up already. Do you think they're going to listen to you after you insulted them with your last suggestion?