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Visual Studio 2015 Update 3


Originally posted to Chuck Walbourn's Blog on MSDN,

VS 2015 Update 3 is now available for download, including the updated Community edition. The Visual C++ 2015 Update 3 Redistribution packages are also available (x86, x64), as well as the Remote Debugging Tools (x86, x64, ARM). For more information see the release notes.

Note that Update 3 is the last update for VS 2015. Per the Visual Studio support lifecycle, “mainstream” support for VS 2015 ended in June 2016. “Extended” support ends October 2025. Platform toolset v140 support is still available in Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio 2022 as an optional component.

Update: See the Visual C++ Porting and Upgrading Guide and the VC++ Samples GitHub.

Compiler and CRT

VS 2015 Update 3 includes a new version of the C/C++ compiler (19.00.24215.1 with the latest hot-fixes applied). There is also a new version of the C/C++ Runtime (14.0.24212). See these posts for details about the compiler, optimizer, libraries, and standards compliance including expression SFINAE.

Windows 10 SDK: VS 2015 Update 3 includes new Windows Tools 1.4 with the Windows 10 SDK for Version 1511 (10.0.10586). As before, this is an optional install.

Visual C++ Build Tools 2015: There is an edition of Visual Studio available without the IDE for those just looking for the compiler toolset.

Related: Visual Studio 2015 RTM, Visual Studio 2015 Update 1, Visual Studio Update 2