The biggest problem with Microsoft is its lack of loyalty to its developer community.
You have to guess which products it will abandon and which it will stick with. Get it wrong and you lose.
If you were a Windows Mobile developer, all your work was wasted when Microsoft totally changed Windows Mobile - from Windows Mobile 6 to Windows Phone 7 to whatever it was called 8 - and then abandoned it completely.
The same with Silverlight, or LightSwitch, or Expression or Windows RT or UWP.
Even with products that Microsoft promote (for now anyways) they keep changing and abandoning bits - Winforms, Webforms, WPF - tough if they are what you chose to use.
At least with VB6 programming the product is stable, continues to run and remains popular.
Microsoft's lack of loyalty directly affects developers, but ultimately affects Microsoft too. Developers have moved from Microsoft to Java, to Android, to iOS. Microsoft's developer tools lose popularity as a result.
- Even the scripting language Python is more popular than C# now.
VB6 programming and VBA programming will continue as long as Windows exists. One day Microsoft will realize this.
>> Simplicity is what made VB6 programming popular, and why VB.Net never became popular.
If this is VB6, I support it. VB6 should be open sourced. We need somewhere for our VB6 programming skills to be further utilized.
Microsoft say .Net has only 2 million users. Java has 10 million.
Supporting the VB6 programming language but not supporting the VB6 IDE is just dumb. The VB6 IDE works on Windows 7, 8 and 10 so why be so petty and not "support" it ?
Microsoft, please answer this request.
With the news of the slow abandonment of the VB.Net language Microsoft should re-open this suggestion
to update and relaunch the VB6 programming language and IDE.