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Visual Studio 2019 follows the Microsoft Product Fixed Lifecycle Policy of 10 years. The first 5 years of Mainstream Support provide feature updates, platform updates, security updates, and functionality fixes, and the second 5 years of Extended support provide security updates. For more information, search the Support Lifecycle Database.

Visual Studio is serviced through both minor version updates that includes significant new features, and through servicing updates that provide targeted cumulative bug fixes for existing features in the product. The minor and servicing levels are denoted by the second and third digit respectively in the version number. For example, using the version 16.1.5 , “.1” denotes the minor version update, and “.5” denotes the servicing update. Security fixes ship in both minor and servicing updates. For more information about our updates, see the Visual Studio Release Rhythm.

For the best and most secure product experience, we strongly encourage and recommend that all customers to always use the latest release of Visual Studio.

How to get updates

Visual Studio 2019 will notify you that an update is available by popping a notification icon in the bottom border bar of the IDE. This will install the latest recommended release. You can also download the latest recommended release from VisualStudio.com. You can find the older versions of Visual Studio to either install or update to on My.VisualStudio.com, and you can find updates on the Microsoft Catalog.

Support Options for Enterprise and Professional Customers

We realize that sometimes large organizations can't adopt our product updates as quickly as we recommend. So, as a benefit to our Enterprise and Professional customers using Visual Studio 2019, we are increasing the availability of supported and older products. We will now declare multiple minor version updates as supported “servicing baselines”. Customers can install the latest release of a servicing baseline to remain secure and in support. We will also make all servicing releases available on the Microsoft Catalog in case of need to restore to a prior configuration. These additional acquisition points will provide administrators and larger development teams more flexibility and control in how and when they advance their organization to the latest updates.

Enterprise and Professional customers who choose to remain on a particular older supported servicing baseline should be aware that support for that servicing baseline will continue for only one year after the release of the next servicing baseline. This is described further below and in the Microsoft Support Service Pack Lifecycle Policy. When Microsoft designates a minor release as a Visual Studio 2019 servicing baseline, the Support Lifecycle Database will reflect the appropriate dates for support. Customers on an older servicing baseline must upgrade to a more current servicing baseline before the end of that one year to remain in a supported and secure state.

Servicing Baseline End of Support
version 16.11 April 2029
version 16.9 October 2022
version 16.7 April 2022
version 16.4 October 2021
version 16.0 January 2021 (out of support)

Customers who choose to remain on a particular servicing baseline can find the latest release of that baseline on My.VisualStudio.com or on the Microsoft Catalog. Deployment, configuration and acquisition guidance can be found in the Visual Studio Administrator Guide.

The Visual Studio Community edition is only supported on the recommended latest release of the latest minor version of Visual Studio, which is denoted in the blue line in the graphic below.

Visual Studio 2019 Servicing Baselines

The following table shows example update scenarios for Visual Studio 2019.

If you have this version of Visual Studio 2019 installed... And this version(s) of Visual Studio 2019 just released... Then your update options to remain in a supported state are...
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.0.9 Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.20
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.8.3
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.20
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.8.3
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.3 Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.12
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.0
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.12
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.0
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.10 Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.20
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.8.3
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.20
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.8.3
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.4 Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4.20
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.9.3
Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7.8
or Visual Studio 2019 version 16.9.3

Support for older versions of Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2017 and earlier are also supported for 10 years. The following table summarizes the current support state for Visual Studio products.

Visual Studio version Lifecycle Stage Supported Baseline End of Support
Visual Studio 2017 Mainstream version 15.9 April 2027
Visual Studio 2015 Extended Update 3 including KB3165756 October 2025
Visual Studio 2013 Extended Update 5 April 2024
Visual Studio 2012 Extended Update 5 January 2023
Visual Studio 2010 and earlier Out of Support

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

The Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable follows the product lifecycle for the version of Visual Studio in which it first ships. For reference, here is a list of the latest supported versions of the Visual C downloads.

There are a few specific instances where we continue to support the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable beyond the underlying Visual Studio product lifecycle for security fixes only, and only in the context and timeframe of the Microsoft product(s) that depend on it. One such instance is when the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is distributed in other Microsoft products, such as SQL Server, Windows Server, or Microsoft Office. Another such instance is when the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is used in conjunction with supported versions of Visual Studio Tools for Office or Visual Basic for Applications. We do not support the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for any third party applications beyond the underlying Visual Studio lifecycle or what is specifically mentioned above. For support, contact the support team for the parent product.

Note

There may be third party products, such as security scanners, that flag the redistributable as expired. If the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is installed by a Microsoft product that is still in support, then the redistributable is in support per the Microsoft component policy for that product.

MSVC (C++) Toolset

Starting with Visual Studio 2017, the MSVC Toolset, including the C++ compiler, follows the product lifecycle for the version of Visual Studio in which it first ships even if it ships in a subsequent version of Visual Studio. For example, the "MSVC v141 - VS 2017 C++ x64/x86 build tools (v14.16)" follows the support lifecycle of Visual Studio 2017 and the "MSVC v142 - VS 2019 C++ x64/x86 build tools (v14.20)" follows the support lifecycle of Visual Studio 2019. For Visual Studio 2015 and earlier, the Visual C++ toolset is supported according to the lifecycle of the version of Visual Studio in which it shipped.

Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime

The Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime (VSTO Runtime) ships with various versions of Visual Studio and Microsoft Office and follows the support lifecycle of the parent product.

It is also available to download and install independently. The versions of VSTO Runtime that are available on the download center follow the support lifecycle of the latest version of Microsoft Office that was available at the time of its release.

It is recommended that developers install the latest version of the VSTO Runtime with their applications. It will be supported when running with supported versions Office. If the VSTO Runtime needs to be serviced, only the latest version will be updated.

The following is a list of the VSTO Runtime releases and the corresponding version of Office for which its support lifecycle follows:

VSTO Runtime version Release date Microsoft Office version
10.0.21022 07/15/2010 Microsoft Office 2010
10.0.40303 12/21/2012 Microsoft Office 2010 SP1
10.0.31007 06/15/2011 Microsoft Office 2010 Sp1
10.0.40305 05/01/2013 Microsoft Office 2010 Sp2
10.0.31129 01/09/2013 Microsoft Office 2013
10.0.40309 06/18/2013 Microsoft Office 2013
10.0.40820 10/16/2013 Microsoft Office 2013
10.0.50325 04/10/2014 Microsoft Office 2013 SP1
10.0.60301 09/22/2015 Microsoft Office 2016
10.0.60715 07/20/2015 Microsoft Office 2016
10.0.60724 07/24/2015 Microsoft Office 2016
10.0.60825 11/19/2016 Microsoft Office 2016
10.0.60828 01/12/2018 Microsoft Office 2019 /
Office 365

For more information on the Office Support Lifecycle please see Lifecycle FAQ - Office, Office 365, and Microsoft 365.

Components not covered by Visual Studio servicing

Visual Studio and Visual Studio for Mac include a collection of compilers, languages, runtimes, environments, and other resources or tools that enable development for many platforms. As a convenience to Visual Studio customers, the components in the list below may be installed with Visual Studio and are subject to their own license and servicing, support, and lifecycle policies. The Visual Studio team reviews CVEs for these components, determines whether they constitute a vulnerability for the Visual Studio use, and addresses them per the Visual Studio support policy. Please note this list does not represent the entire list of components used by Visual Studio that are governed by their own policy but aims to highlight the most used.

For Microsoft components that are installed by Visual Studio and do not have an explicit lifecycle policy in the lifecycle database, the supported version is the latest version that is currently available for download.

Compilers & Languages Runtimes & Environments Other Resources
.NET Framework Windows Android SDK
ASP.NET Web Stack Windows Server Android NDK
.NET Core Microsoft Azure JSON Web Token Handler for the Microsoft .Net Framework
Entity Framework Unreal Engine Cocos Creator
Python Visual Studio Emulator for Android Online Services
SharePoint Xamarin WebGrease
TypeScript SQL Server Unity Tools for Visual Studio
CMake Web Optimization Framework Application Insights
Clang/C2 Toolset Exchange NuGet
Git for Windows Office Windows SDK
SignalR
Miniconda

In addition to components, Visual Studio also uses several project and project item templates. The support for these templates is governed by the component that provides those templates. For example, if you use a Python template, then support for the template will follow the support policy for Python Tools for Visual Studio.

Feedback and Suggestions

We value your feedback. As always, let us know of any issues you run into by using the Report a Problem tool in Visual Studio. You can also head over to Visual Studio Developer Community to track your issues, make suggestions, ask questions, and find answers from others. We use your feedback to continue to improve Visual Studio, so thank you again on behalf of our entire team.


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