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Microsoft SOAP Toolkit
1. What is the SOAP Toolkit? Is it supported?
All SOAP Toolkits have been replaced by the Microsoft .NET Framework. The .NET Framework provides basic Web service capabilities with COM components and applications. SOAP Toolkit versions prior to 3.0 are no longer supported. Support for SOAP Toolkit 3.0 has been extended beyond the original retirement date of July 1, 2004 to more closely align with the support offered for Visual Studio 6.0. Standard support for SOAP Toolkit 3.0 will now expire March 31, 2005 and extended support will expire April 8, 2008. For the latest information about supported technologies for developing Web services, visit the Web Services Developer Center on the MSDN Web site. To learn about the benefits of building Web services solutions on the .NET Framework and to take advantage of the latest advanced Web services capabilities, read the MSDN articles on migration.
Microsoft Web Services Enhancements
1. What is the Web Services Enhancements (WSE)? Is it supported?
Web Services Enhancements for Microsoft .NET (WSE) is an add-on to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework. WSE provides a toolkit that developers can use to secure interoperable Web services based on many WS-* specifications such as WS-Security, WS-Addressing, and WS-Policy.Support for WSE is tied to the Support Lifecycle of the Microsoft .NET Framework. This support consists of:
Microsoft Visual Basic
1. Microsoft announced a different Support Lifecycle policy for Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 in April 2002. What happens to that policy now?
The support policy for Visual Basic 6.0 will remain as it was announced in April 2002. For more information, visit the Visual Basic 6.0 Product Family Lifecycle Guidelines Web site.
Support for the SOAP Toolkit will be retired starting July 1, 2004. For the latest information about supported technologies for developing Web services, visit the Web Services Developer Center on the MSDN Web site.
For additional information about the SOAP Toolkit, visit the MSDN Soap Toolkit Web site.
2. How will Visual Basic 6.0 be supported on Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7?
Details on Visual Basic 6.0 support for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 can be found on the MSDN website. For more information please visit: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vbrun/ms788708.aspx.
Microsoft Visual C++
1. Why did Microsoft decide to extend the Visual C++ 6.0 mainstream support phase by one year instead of keeping the extended support phase for two years?
Microsoft decided to extend the mainstream support dates by one year to make continued use of Visual C++ 6.0 easier while customers migrate to the current version of Visual C++ .NET. With this change, customers have an additional year of full support at no extra charge while they are migrating to the current version of Visual C++ .NET.??
Microsoft Visual Studio
1. What is the Lifecycle Support policy for the Microsoft Visio for Enterprise Architects product that is included with Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect?
Support will follow the new support policy because the Visio for Enterprise Architects product is part of a currently released product.
2. How does the Lifecycle Support policy for service packs apply to Visual Studio? There has been no service pack for Visual Studio yet.
If Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 is released, Microsoft will support that service pack under the service pack support policy, and will also support the original release version of Visual Studio .NET 2002, for up to one year after the release of the service pack. If Microsoft releases two service packs for Visual Studio .NET 2002, Microsoft will support SP1 and Service Pack 2 (SP2) for up to one year after the release of SP2 under this policy. For more information about the service pack support policy, visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site.
3. Does the Lifecycle Support policy for service packs apply to Visual Studio 6.0?
No. Microsoft will not support two service packs at the same time for older products such as Visual Studio 6.0. Only Visual Studio .NET 2002 and the .NET Framework are eligible for the new service pack support policy.
Microsoft Visual SourceSafe
1. I understand that Visual SourceSafe 6.0 has its own Support Lifecycle policy, yet it is also shipped as a part of Visual Studio .NET. Does the Support Lifecycle of Visual SourceSafe 6.0 vary depending on how the product was acquired?
How a product was acquired does determine the Support Lifecycle the product will have. For example, if Visual SourceSafe 6.0 was purchased alone, it will follow its own Support Lifecycle policy. If the product was acquired as part of Visual Studio .NET, it will be supported for the life of Visual Studio .NET.