Visual Basic 6.0 (vb6) is the third generation event-driven programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft for its COM programming model. It is also considered a relatively easy programming language to learn and use, because of its graphical development features and BASIC heritage.
The final release of the COM-based Visual Basic was version 6 in 1998.
- The designated successor language is vb.net. For things like writing COM addins for Microsoft Office you would use visual-studio or vsto.
- Support for the VB6 IDE ended on April 8th, 2008.
- The runtime is supported as part of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008 including R2.