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VBScript's 'Deprecation' Confirmed by Microsoft - and Eventual Removal from Windows

Published by Slashdot on Sun, 26 May 2024

"Microsoft has confirmed plans to pull the plug on VBScript in the second half of 2024 in a move that signals the end of an era for programmers," writes Tech Radar. Though the language was first introduced in 1996, Microsoft's latest announcement says the move was made "considering the decline in VBScript usage":Beginning with the new OS release slated for later this year [Windows 11, version 24H2], VBScript will be available as features on demand. The feature will be completely retired from future Windows OS releases, as we transition to the more efficient PowerShell experiences. Around 2027 it will become "disabled by default," with the date of its final removal "to be determined." But the announcement confirms VBScript will eventually be "retired and eliminated from future versions of Windows."This means all the dynamic link libraries (.dll files) of VBScript will be removed. As a result, projects that rely on VBScript will stop functioning. By then, we expect that you'll have switched to suggested alternatives. The post recommends migirating applications to PowerShell or JavaScript. This year's annual "feature update" for Windows will also include Sudo for Windows, Rust in the Windows kernel, "and a number of user interface tweaks, such as the ability to create 7-zip and TAR archives in File Explorer," reports the Register. "It will also include the next evolution of Copilot into an app pinned to the taskbar." But the downgrading of VBScript "is part of a broader strategy to remove Windows and Office features threat actors use as attack vectors to infect users with malware," reports BleepingComputer:Attackers have also used VBScript in malware campaigns, delivering strains like Lokibot, Emotet, Qbot, and, more recently, DarkGate malware.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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