Microsoft has recently released an update for the Python Extension in Visual Studio Code. One of the significant changes in this update is the deprecation of Python 3.7, which was released in 2018 and reached the end of support in June 2023. While there might not be any immediate impact on existing code, there is no guarantee that it won’t break in the future.
Python’s development roadmap, starting from version 3.9, includes the release of a new version every October of each year, with long-term support spanning five years. The latest version of Python is 3.12, which was released earlier this month. Real-time support data can be found on the Python Versions website.
According to statistics from W3Techs, the most popular versions of Python are still 3.6, which has already reached the end of support (28.9%), followed by 3.8 (23.3%) and 3.7 (17.2%).
TLDR: Microsoft’s Python Extension for Visual Studio Code has been updated, deprecating Python 3.7. The development roadmap includes regular version releases and long-term support starting from Python 3.9. Python 3.6 remains the most popular version, followed by 3.8 and 3.7.