Microsoft Visual Studio Lifecycle: End Of Life And Support Status

Last updated on January 5, 2024

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create programs and software for desktop operating systems as well as mobile, web apps, websites, etc. It is available across various platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Additionally, you can install different components and libraries for VS depending on what you want to use it for, and the programming languages needed. It supports .NET, C++, C#, Node.js, and many more.

Apart from the various versions released over the years, Visual Studio is also available in different editions.

Support status guide

End of life (EOL) is the end of a product’s useful life. When a product reaches the end of its life cycle, the manufacturer no longer supports it. The following table explains the different phases of a product’s lifecycle. Testing status is when the product is initially released and EOL is when product support is no longer offered. The time between these two points is the support timeframe.

Testing

The software is not yet publicly available. It is in testing phase i.e., alpha, beta, release preview etc.

Active

The software is actively supported by the vendor.

Phasing Out

The software will soon reach its end of life. You need to look for upgrade or migration options. The software will automatically go into phasing out status 2 months before end of life.

End Of Life

The software is no longer supported by the vendor. You need to make sure your system and environment are safe.

Version

Released

Active Support

VS 2022 - 17.8 (LTSC)
2 months and 4 weeks ago
(14 November 2023)
Ends in 1 year and 4 months
(8 July 2025)
VS 2022 - 17.7
6 months and 4 days ago
(8 August 2023)
Ended 2 months and 4 weeks ago
(14 November 2023)
VS 2022 - 17.6 (LTSC)
8 months and 3 weeks ago
(16 May 2023)
Ends in 10 months and 3 weeks
(9 January 2025)
VS 2022 - 17.5
11 months and 2 weeks ago
(21 February 2023)
Ended 8 months and 2 weeks ago
(23 May 2023)
VS 2022 - 17.4 (LTSC)
1 year and 3 months ago
(8 November 2022)
Ends in 4 months and 4 weeks
(11 July 2024)
VS 2022 - 17.3
1 year and 6 months ago
(9 August 2022)
Ended 1 year and 3 months ago
(8 November 2022)
VS 2022 - 17.2 (LTSC)
1 year and 9 months ago
(10 May 2022)
Ended 1 month and 3 days ago
(9 January 2024)
VS 2022 - 17.1
1 year and 11 months ago
(15 February 2022)
Ended 1 year and 8 months ago
(22 May 2022)
VS 2022 - 17.0 (LTSC)
2 years and 3 months ago
(8 November 2021)
Ended 7 months and 1 day ago
(11 July 2023)
VS 2019 - 16.11
2 years and 6 months ago
(10 August 2021)
Ends in 5 years and 1 month
(10 April 2029)
VS 2019 - 16.10
2 years and 8 months ago
(25 May 2021)
Ended 2 years and 6 months ago
(10 August 2021)
VS 2019 - 16.9
2 years and 11 months ago
(2 March 2021)
Ended 1 year and 4 months ago
(11 October 2022)
VS 2019 - 16.8
3 years and 3 months ago
(10 November 2020)
Ended 2 years and 11 months ago
(9 March 2021)
VS 2019 - 16.7
3 years and 6 months ago
(5 August 2020)
Ended 1 year and 10 months ago
(12 April 2022)
VS 2019 - 16.6
3 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2020)
Ended 3 years and 6 months ago
(5 August 2020)
VS 2019 - 16.5
3 years and 10 months ago
(16 March 2020)
Ended 3 years and 8 months ago
(19 May 2020)
VS 2019 - 16.4
4 years and 2 months ago
(3 December 2019)
Ended 2 years and 4 months ago
(12 October 2021)
VS 2019 - 16.3
4 years and 4 months ago
(23 September 2019)
Ended 4 years and 2 months ago
(3 December 2019)
VS 2019 - 16.2
4 years and 6 months ago
(24 July 2019)
Ended 4 years and 4 months ago
(23 September 2019)
VS 2019 - 16.1
4 years and 8 months ago
(21 May 2019)
Ended 4 years and 6 months ago
(24 July 2019)
VS 2019 - 16.0
4 years and 10 months ago
(2 April 2019)
Ended 3 years and 1 month ago
(12 January 2021)
VS 2017 - 15.9
5 years and 2 months ago
(13 November 2018)
Ends in 3 years and 2 months
(13 April 2027)
VS 2017 - 15.8
5 years and 5 months ago
(14 August 2018)
Ended 5 years and 2 months ago
(13 November 2018)
VS 2017 - 15.7
5 years and 9 months ago
(7 May 2018)
Ended 5 years and 5 months ago
(14 August 2018)
VS 2017 - 15.6
5 years and 11 months ago
(5 March 2018)
Ended 5 years and 9 months ago
(7 May 2018)
VS 2017 - 15.5
6 years and 2 months ago
(4 December 2017)
Ended 5 years and 11 months ago
(5 March 2018)
VS 2017 - 15.4
6 years and 4 months ago
(9 October 2017)
Ended 6 years and 2 months ago
(4 December 2017)
VS 2017 - 15.3
6 years and 5 months ago
(14 August 2017)
Ended 6 years and 4 months ago
(9 October 2017)
VS 2017 - 15.2
6 years and 9 months ago
(10 May 2017)
Ended 6 years and 5 months ago
(14 August 2017)
VS 2017 - 15.1
6 years and 10 months ago
(5 April 2017)
Ended 6 years and 9 months ago
(10 May 2017)
VS 2017 - 15.0
6 years and 11 months ago
(7 March 2017)
Ended 4 years and 4 weeks ago
(14 January 2020)
VS 2015 - 14.0
8 years and 6 months ago
(20 July 2015)
Ends in 1 year and 8 months
(14 October 2025)
VS 2013 - 12.0
10 years and 4 weeks ago
(15 January 2014)
Ends in 1 month and 3 weeks
(9 April 2024)
VS 2012 - 11.0
11 years and 3 months ago
(31 October 2012)
Ended 1 year and 1 month ago
(10 January 2023)
VS 2010 - 10.0
13 years and 7 months ago
(29 June 2010)
Ended 3 years and 6 months ago
(14 July 2020)

Visual Studio versions are named after the year it is released. The major versions are normally released 2 to 3 years apart, but there is no fixed timeline. However, minor releases are much more frequent – almost each month.

Visual Studio is offered through various channels, which are as follows:

  • Mainstream channel
  • Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC)
  • Community channel (Community edition)

The mainstream channel is supported for 10 years in total – The first 5 years include Mainstreat Support which offers new features, security improvements, and fixes. The remaining 5 years of support is the Extended Support which only includes security updates.

The LTSC versions are minor releases, and every minor release is supported for 18 months, which includes bug fixes, security support, and new feature inclusions. The LTSC channel was introduced with Visual Studio 2022, and all even-numbered minor releases are LTSC versions only.

The Visual Studio Community edition is only supported on the recommended latest release of the latest minor version of Visual Studio. this means that the support ends as soon as a newer version hits the market.

To know more about the Visual Studio support lifecycle, read the Visual Studio Product Lifecycle and Servicing blog.