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This is the End: .NET Framework 2.0 & Visual Studio 2005

.NET Framework 2.0 has been around for a decade but will be completely unsupported by Microsoft; the announced end of the extended support period is April 12, 2016.  In lock-step with the .NET Framework, the corresponding version of Microsoft’s development tool, Visual Studio 2005, is also at its end-of-life.

The end of “extended support” in Microsoft parlance means that the product is no longer maintained, including the release of new security-related updates.  So, if bugs or even major security holes are discovered in .NET Framework 2.0 or Visual Studio 2005 then your organization could be exposed to excessive risk, and you’ll be on your own to fix it.

Fortunately, applications written using the .NET Framework 2.0 can be upgraded to newer versions of the .NET Framework (currently at version 4.6).  Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner consulting firms, such as Entrance, are not just well-suited but certified by Microsoft for building apps on the .NET Framework.  Your risk can be mitigated by performing an assessment of your app to determine its exposure to deprecated components and putting together an action plan to update your app.

If your app is still built on .NET Framework and Visual Studio 2005, it has been around quite a while without major technology updates.  Apps are frequently built using a combination of third party components, such as user interface controls, and these are likely out of date and unsupported anymore as well.  Is the user interface out dated?  Is your app not mobile enabled?  Does the functionality not match your current business needs?  Are work-arounds required by staff using the app?  It’s probably time for an app modernization project.

Entrance is adept at app modernization and focuses on it as a core competency within the Application Development practice.  Whether it’s a straight-forward .NET Framework upgrade or a more comprehensive app refresh, make sure you consult an expert Microsoft Partner to deliver your users apps for the modern enterprise.

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