MichaelE commented ...
One suggestion that gets floated around from time-to-time is to:
1. Simply embed VB6 into the OS like other technologies they have done.
2. Keep it modestly upgraded as they do with .bat (has new commands), powershell, vbscript (has a 64-bit version), HTA's (has a 64-bit version and can used modern interface\CSS) etc.
Heck now they even support BASH! If you are going to support the devil (Linux) how about supporting the community that was once synonymous with Microsoft innovation?