End of Support for Visual Studio Versions

Visual Studio

Microsoft is planning to end support for various versions of Visual Studio including:

  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7
  • Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel

Proposed dates for end of support (including Mainstream or all support) are as follows:

Version

Support type

End Date

Support Type

End Date

Visual Studio 2012

Mainstream Support

January 9 2018

Extended Support

January 10 2023

Visual Studio 2017

Mainstream support

April 12 2022

Extended Support

13 April 2027

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7

Mainstream Support

August 5 2020

Extended Support

12 April 2022

Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel

Mainstream Support

End of April

Extended Support

End of April 2022

Older versions of Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9

N/A

April 2022

Extended Support

April 2022

Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 including KB3165756

Mainstream support

October 2020

Extended Support

October 2025

Visual Studio 2013 Update 5

Mainstream Support

April 2019

Extended Support

April 2024

Visual Studio 2012 Update 5

Mainstream Support

January 2018

Extended Support

January 2023

Visual Studio 2010 and earlier

Mainstream Support

Out of Support

Extended Support

Out of Support

The dates highlighted in red indicate expired dates.

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What is Mainstream Support for Visual Studio?

Mainstream Support is the first phase of the product life cycle. This includes support for products and services for:

  • Incident support which includes the following:
  • No-charge incident support
  • paid incident support
  • Support charged on an hourly basis
  • Support for warranty claims
  • Security update support
  • The ability to request non-security updates

What is Extended Support for Visual Studio?

Extended Support follows the Mainstream Support phase. Extended Support includes:

  • Paid support
  • Free Security updates
  • Ability to request non-security fixes for select products

These Visual Studio versions include the following editions, for which the support also ends:

Version

Editions

Visual Studio 2012

Express for Web

Express for Windows Desktop

Premium

Team Explorer

Ultimstr

Visual Studio 2017

Community

Enterprise

Professional

Test Professional

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7

Community

Enterprise

Professional

Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel

These Visual Studio products follow the Fixed Lifecycle Policy. This policy applies to most commercial and some consumer products available through volume licensing or through retail purchase.

The Fixed Lifecycle Policy provides the following services:

  • A clear outlined support and servicing life cycle timeline at the time of product launch.
  • A minimum of five years Mainstream Support.
  • An additional period of Extended Support for some products.

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Hannes DuPreez
Hannes DuPreez
Ockert J. du Preez is a passionate coder and always willing to learn. He has written hundreds of developer articles over the years detailing his programming quests and adventures. He has written the following books: Visual Studio 2019 In-Depth (BpB Publications) JavaScript for Gurus (BpB Publications) He was the Technical Editor for Professional C++, 5th Edition (Wiley) He was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for .NET (2008–2017).

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