Of course not, its a Nirvana ! of the Phoenix ! (Nirvana could be a perfect codename btw)
VB5 is not the end of VB right ? that was VB6 ...... oh wait.
No, this is just a logical thing when the CLR want to reach resource-constrained devices, do you think the managed language teams will sit there listening Herb Sutter bragging about the performance advantages of C++/native code and then give up and do nothing ? huh.
At least, a much-better optimized NGEN wont kill the platform right ?
Thanks for humoring my sarcasm. Though VB5 => VB6 is not a fair comparison. VB6 => .NET I think is more along those lines especially if some incarnation of the CLR isn't part of the Nirvana's picture.