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Visual Basic 6.0 (VB6), last updated in 1998, was the third generation event-driven programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft for its COM programming model. It is *not* VB.NET; it is the predecessor to VB.NET.

Visual Basic 6.0 () 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 . For things like writing COM addins for Microsoft Office you would use or .
  • 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.

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