Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy

Through the Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy, you can access guidelines for better understanding and use of your NI product investment. This policy should help you answer common questions, such as

  • When should I upgrade?
  • What Measurement Studio versions are supported?
  • What versions of Visual Studio does Measurement Studio support?
  • What languages does Measurement Studio support?
  • What support should I expect for Measurement Studio versions?


In addition, the Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy helps you plan migrations and maximize your resources.


Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy Phases

Version 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Measurement Studio 8.6                
Measurement Studio 2009                
Measurement Studio 2010                
Measurement Studio 2012                
Measurement Studio 2013                
Measurement Studio 2015                
  •   Current Release Support
  •   Mainstream Support
  •   Extended Support


Measurement Studio Life Cycle Dates


Current Release Support

(release date)

Mainstream Support

(end date)

Extended Support

(end date)

Measurement Studio 8.6 October 2008 October 2012 Ongoing
Measurement Studio 2009 December 2009 December 2013 Ongoing
Measurement Studio 2010 December 2010 December 2014 Ongoing
Measurement Studio 2012 August 2012 August 2016 Ongoing
Measurement Studio 2013 March 2013 March 2017 Ongoing
Measurement Studio 2015 May 2015 May 2019 Ongoing


Measurement Studio Life Cycle Policy


Current Release Support

Mainstream Support

Extended Support

Technical Support

Online technical support including KnowledgeBase, online forums, white papers, NI Developer Zone, and more
Access to paid technical support programs, including support-only and Standard Service Program (SSP) --¹


Measurement Studio patches at NI discretion (smaller, off cycle fixes) --¹


Product available for purchase
(upon request)²

1 Available through long-term service contract

2 Qualifying Measurement Studio customers may request Measurement Studio for Legacy Environments/Languages until there is limited customer demand. The Measurement Studio for Legacy Environments/Languages Page offers additional information and request instructions.

Measurement Studio Support for Visual Studio and Languages

Measurement Studio is dedicated to providing support for the most up-to-date Microsoft development platforms and languages. Measurement Studio provides support for Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET within the most recent three versions of Visual Studio. Currently, Measurement Studio provides new feature support for Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2010, and Visual Studio 2008.


Version 8.6 2009 2010 2012 2013 2015
Visual Studio            
Visual Studio 6.0            
Visual Studio 2003            
Visual Studio 2005            
Visual Studio 2008            
Visual Studio 2010     3      
Visual Studio 2012            
Visual Studio 2013            
Language Support            
Visual Basic 6.0            
Visual C++ MFC            

  Extended support (some new features are not included for some languages)

  Mainstream support (Measurement Studio is integrated into the Visual Studio environment)

  Legacy support (legacy support is available by request to qualifying customers)


3 Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ MFC support were removed from Measurement Studio

Measurement Studio OS Support Roadmap

Version 8.6 2009 2010 2012 2013 2015
Windows 2000            
Windows XP 32-bit5         4  4 
Windows Vista5         4  4 
Windows 7            
Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit5            
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit            
Windows 8            
Windows Server 2012 64-bit            
Windows 8.1            

  Mainstream Support

  No Support


4 Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 do not support Windows Vista or XP


5 Measurement Studio will drop support for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of Measurement Studio that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information on this change, please visit National Instruments Support Life Cycle for Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003


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