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I think support in this case means Microsoft tests the old code against new Windows versions. Don't know what they would do if it didn't work. Still, it is an excellent RAD language (Runaway After Deployment).
People bash things they do not understand. I wrote an application in VB6 that interfaces with Avaya phone systems and also had instant messaging and file sharing. It worked great and might even still be in use.
Just because you don't have the most expensive tool does not mean you can't build something beautiful.
Everyone is born right handed. Only the strongest overcome it.
Most people bash VB6 programmers rather than the language because back when it was popular, it was so easy to get started with that it attracted a lot of relatively unskilled programmers. Also, those days, C and C++ were considered the de-facto real programming language on Windows. And anyone not doing in-code memory management was considered a dummy. Ironic that both VB6 and C++ got eliminated by memory-managed language frameworks like C#, JS, and VB.NET
I can see how large legacy VB6 code-bases would continue to be retained as-is, because re-writing it into a managed framework is a huge ask. What I don't get it why new code would ever get written in VB6, with the lack of support, limited availability of engineers who've used it, etc.
The new VB6 code happens when those large legacy apps need minor updates or changes. At any given point, it's a lot less work to add a bit of code to the existing application than to do a re-write. And so new VB6 code continues to be written, year after year.
I wouldn't be surprised if there's some poor soul in 2035 who is still plugging away making updates and additions to a legacy VB6 app. Although at that point, such a person might be able to charge some hefty consulting rates for working in VB6. So perhaps this person would more more of a tortured soul than a poor soul...