Support Ending for Visual Studio 2005

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In October 2005, before Twitter, jQuery, Blu-Ray movies, Xbox 360, Amazon AWS, Internet Explorer 7, and Google Analytics, we released Visual Studio 2005. A lot has happened in software development since 2005 (we’re looking at you, C++ 11, TypeScript, .NET 4.6, Cordova, Roslyn, and UWP!). So now it’s time to say goodbye.

In line with our support policy, starting April 12th 2016 Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, technical support, or hotfixes, for all Visual Studio 2005 products and the redistributable components and runtimes included with them, including the following products:

  • Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
  • All Visual Studio 2005 Team Editions
  • Visual Studio 2005 Team Test Load Agent
  • Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition

Support for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server ends on July 12th 2016.

Support for .NET Framework 2.0 is also ending April 12, 2016 under certain configurations. For more information, see the Support Policy for .NET Framework.

All later versions of Visual Studio products will continue to be supported for the duration of their established support lifecycle.

The best way to continue to get full support for Visual Studio products is to upgrade to the latest versions. Visit for information on the latest Visual Studio products.

Check out the following resources for additional help –

Eric Zajac (@ericzajac), Senior Program Manager, Visual Studio

Eric Zajac is a Program Manager working on the Visual Studio team, and has been at Microsoft for eight years. He is currently focused on our product release pipeline and customer portals. Before Microsoft, Eric spent seventeen years in the technology industry, working in various disciplines across many industry verticals.


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