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Provide a Visual Basic 6 Community edition - to allow free download of the VB6 programming language

Make a Visual Basic 6 Community edition free download of the Microsoft VB6 programming language and IDE available.
Microsoft already have a VS2013 community edition and also a free download of Expression Web.
Now please allow a 'Community Edition' of VB6.

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    We have no plans to release a new incarnation of the Visual Basic 6 IDE, either as an incremental update or a free “Community Edition”. Some of you have expressed concerns that without such a product it would be difficult or impossible to maintain your existing Visual Basic 6 applications using a licensed version of the product. Please note that Visual Studio Community has a license that restricts use for enterprise development and as such a Community Edition of the Visual Basic 6 IDE would not actually address that concern. Additionally, your original license for VB6 is perpetual so provided that you still have the license key you may continue to install the product for current and future use. Lastly, 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.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Stack Overflow survey 2018

        C# declines from 4th most popular language in 2017 to 8th most popular in 2018.

        VB.Net declines from 13th most popular language in 2017 to 18th most popular in 2018.

        F# isn't used enough to be counted.

        For the sixth year in a row, JavaScript is the most commonly used programming language.

        JavaScript frameworks node.js and Angular are the most widely used frameworks.

        https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2018/#technology-programming-scripting-and-markup-languages

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "VB6 programming just got a big boost from Microsoft"

        https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt846730

        "With these latest improvements to compatibility, I foresee at least another ten years of life for VB6. And I’ll bet you anything that this support gets renewed in Windows 11 and 12, or whatever they’re called by then. Another decade of driving the puritans crazy."

      • Microsoft's best languages ever - VBA Programming and VB6 Programming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Jerico

        >> Why was this idea declined ? You people relay can't see the reality. This VB6 ideas will not just go away. wake up Microsoft !

        >> I take this as "we open source only junk, not true valuable code like VB6". I understand that MS is scared to opensource VB6, I do.

        Now that .Net is declining Microsoft should open source the full VB6 programming environment.

      • Jerico commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why was this idea declined ? You people relay can't see the reality. This VB6 ideas will not just go away. wake up Microsoft !

        I take this as "we open source only junk, not true valuable code like VB6". I understand that MS is scared to opensource VB6, I do.

      • VB6 programming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i-programmer say about the future of .Net...

        "In fact the only thing that .NET did wrong was to kill off VB6 - it should have been allowed to coexist for those wanting to use it. Instead Microsoft provided as its replacement VB .NET, which added nothing that C# didn't already have."

        http://www.i-programmer.info/news/89-net/11758-microsoft-asks-for-help-on-the-future-of-net-where-do-we-start.html

      • Terry Maxwell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No one is going to move to VB.NET software now. If it didn't happen 15 years ago, it won't happen now.
        The rules that applied then apply now. Companies do not pay to rewrite all their applications.
        And VB.NET applications generally run slower.
        VB6 programming continues on Windows 10. It makes no sense to move.

      • Davor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I want to say that vb6 and VBA are not dead.
        There is still a lot of new development.
        For example, I created a new tool to connect vb6 & VBA to Microsoft Azure cloud that gives developers the possibility to monitor (log or track) usage & performance of their apps in real-time online. The project is here: https://VBATelemetry.com

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The VB6 programming language is Microsoft's most popular ever. Time they set it free.

      • Damon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The VB6 programming language should be free now.

        VB6 programming, VBA programming and VBScript programming are still widely used despite Microsoft's efforts.

      • VisualBasic user commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is the problem of the monopolies. Of course Windows was developed using a similar tool and that is the point. Will not be easy that Microsoft agree to develop a new powerful tool which people more intelligent can use to develop more powerful programs and then can ask to Microsoft, how much is your sign?

      • JaapG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ever tried to make an array of command-buttons in VB6? Well, easy! Just index the button control, that's all. Ever tried to do that in VB.NET? IMPOSSIBLE! Yes, there is a solution, but that's the most ****** code I've ever seen. In VB6 it's clean, easy and undestandable. In VB.NET it's a **** of a job to do the same.
        I ran up to these problems converting a simple POS application written in VB6, with dynamic button arrays (depending on article groups, you can have more or less article buttons). In VB.NET I can't get that same idea working.
        And that was just a minor change to the most used control, the command button?

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft acts in this case with total blindness.
        You do not realize that you lose the opportunity to keep a community of enthusiastic developers of your products and open the possibility that some competitor will gain space in Windows applications and Cloud rapid development.
        The path taken was to create languages ​​and environments increasingly difficult to develop, contrary to what led the leadership position in the 1990s.
        This is arrogance and stupidity.

      • Denis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No reason there shouldn't be a free download of the VB6 programming language.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why not a vb6/64 when you implemented vba/64 ?

        Only a stupid can change a top compiler like vb6 for a ****** like vb.net

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