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  • My ISV is claiming that Microsoft will no longer support his .Net application written for our industry and is using that as a reason to move completely off of Microsoft for his whole application infrastructure.  What is the true story?
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:29 PM

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  • Microsoft never supported applications not distributed from Microsoft. It is likely your ISV's responsibility to support the application, not Microsoft's. You are on your own if the ISV stops support for its application, so plan ahead. 

    The ISV chose to use one of the .Net frameworks versions, which Microsoft provides support for, and each version of .Net has its own support life-cycle. For example support for .Net 1.0 ended at 7/14/2009. Support for 1.1 is going to end at 10/8/2013. In practice most .Net apps are for .Net 2.0 or higher. .Net 2.0 code can run on .Net 3.5 SP1, whose support ends at January 14, 2020. 

    Microsoft also provides support for upgrading code from targeting one .Net version to another, but it is up to your ISV to decide how much help they need to build against a new .Net version. From the amount of discussion I see here, not many people need help in upgrading their code.



    Visual C++ MVP



    Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:33 AM
  • This is completely false.

    Visual Studio 2012 was released with the .NET Framework 4.5.  You can see from it's support page ( http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/default.aspx?LN=en-us&x=15&y=9&p1=16677 ) that Microsoft will be supporting this (which includes .NET) for mainstream support until 2018, and extended support until 2023.

    I do not think you have any reason at all to worry that .NET will be unsupported anytime in the near future.


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    Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:13 AM
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  • This is completely false.

    Visual Studio 2012 was released with the .NET Framework 4.5.  You can see from it's support page ( http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/default.aspx?LN=en-us&x=15&y=9&p1=16677 ) that Microsoft will be supporting this (which includes .NET) for mainstream support until 2018, and extended support until 2023.

    I do not think you have any reason at all to worry that .NET will be unsupported anytime in the near future.


    Reed Copsey, Jr. - http://reedcopsey.com
    If a post answers your question, please click "Mark As Answer" on that post and "Mark as Helpful".

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:13 AM
    Moderator
  • Microsoft never supported applications not distributed from Microsoft. It is likely your ISV's responsibility to support the application, not Microsoft's. You are on your own if the ISV stops support for its application, so plan ahead. 

    The ISV chose to use one of the .Net frameworks versions, which Microsoft provides support for, and each version of .Net has its own support life-cycle. For example support for .Net 1.0 ended at 7/14/2009. Support for 1.1 is going to end at 10/8/2013. In practice most .Net apps are for .Net 2.0 or higher. .Net 2.0 code can run on .Net 3.5 SP1, whose support ends at January 14, 2020. 

    Microsoft also provides support for upgrading code from targeting one .Net version to another, but it is up to your ISV to decide how much help they need to build against a new .Net version. From the amount of discussion I see here, not many people need help in upgrading their code.



    Visual C++ MVP



    Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:33 AM