Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 follows the Fixed Lifecycle Policy.

This applies to the following editions: Express for Web, Express for Windows Desktop, Premium, Professional, Team Explorer, Ultimate

Support dates are shown in the Pacific Time Zone (PT) - Redmond, WA, USA.

Support Dates

Listing Start Date Mainstream End Date Extended End Date
Visual Studio 2012 2012-10-31T00:00:00.000-08:00 2018-01-09T22:59:59.999-08:00 2023-01-10T22:59:59.999-08:00


Version Start Date End Date
Update 5 2015-08-21T00:00:00.000-08:00 2023-01-10T22:59:59.999-08:00
Update 4 2013-11-12T00:00:00.000-08:00 2019-10-08T22:59:59.999-08:00
Original Release 2012-10-31T00:00:00.000-08:00 2023-01-10T22:59:59.999-08:00


Visual Studio 2012 versions of the following components are shipped with and supported as part of the Visual Studio 2012 lifecycle: Agents, IntelliTrace Collector, Microsoft Azure Tools, Remote Tools, SDK, Shell (Integrated), Shell (Isolated), SQL Server Data Tools, Team Explorer, Visual C++ Redistributable, Web Tools Extensions.


  • Express for Web
  • Express for Windows Desktop
  • Premium
  • Professional
  • Team Explorer
  • Ultimate