Will VB6 apps run on Longhorn ?
Sun, Mar 13 2005 12:34
In Rob Copeland’s first blog entry, he talks about the VB runtime being supported as part of the OS (Windows XP). When Microsoft started including the VB runtimes with the operating system it really was a great move forward for VB.
Unfortunately that is not guaranteed to go forward. For example, the VB5 runtimes were removed from windows 2003. If the same happens with Longhorn then you are kind of in deep sh*t, because the XP runtimes you might have been relying on you can’t legally distribute to other Operating Systems.
I remember at the last PDC, Microsoft made a big thing about how Longhorn is fully backward compatible with a wide range of applications, and indeed the PDC bits did have the VB6 runtime on them. But windows 2003 tells us a different story. So can we all sleep soundly now knowing our VB6 apps will continue to run and work on Longhorn, or is it as Rob said “a little confusing” ?