If Microsoft are really going to change their ways they need to stop ignoring the Visual Basic 6 (VB6) community.
According to the Tiobe index, May 2014, Visual Basic (VB6) is the 5th most popular programming language in the world. This is an amazing fact given that Microsoft stopped active development over 16 years ago! The huge VB6 community that has built much of the worlds mission critical applications feel left behind. This is because Microsoft refuse to update this language, attempting to force the developers to move to incompatible new software development tools (like .Net).
Microsoft's .Net by most of this community is not seen as a superior alternative. According to uservoice.com, most VB6 developers simply want a 64-bit version of VB6 to continue their market dominance into the next 16 years. Thus so far Microsoft has not only failed to act but failed to make public any posts concerning this phenomena.
Other data points show VB6 is not just of aging programmers but is also being picked up by new generation after new generation of developers.
According to Linus Torvalds, inventor of Linux, "I personally believe that Visual Basic (vb6) did more for programming than Object-Oriented Languages did."
How long will Microsoft neglect the most dedicated software community the world has ever known?!