If you’re a fan of VBScript, we have some bad news, as Microsoft has announced that future releases of Windows won’t feature the scripting language, which will now only be available on demand.
VBScript, or Visual Basic Scripting Language, was first released in 1996, and was mostly used for task automation. Its latest version, released back in 2010, is 5.8, but it struggled against a more powerful competitor PowerShell, released in 2006.
“Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition brings active scripting to a wide variety of environments, including Web client scripting in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Web server scripting in Microsoft Internet Information Service,” Microsoft describes the tool.
While being shoved into irrelevancy by more powerful competitors might be one of the reasons for the sunsetting of the language, security concerns could be another.
Microsoft didn’t specifically say so, but BleepingComputer speculates VBScript was a “prevalent infection vector employed by threat actors to infect Windows systems with malicious payloads.” The Register seems to agree with this assessment, as well, saying Microsoft’s planned discontinuation of VBScript “may be in part motivated by security concerns, given that VBScript can be a malware vector”.
Via The Register