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Technical Support for Windows 8.1

Microsoft announced Windows 8.1 will reach end-of-support on January 10, 2023. This Windows desktop platform will no longer receive updates, and it has been our general policy to end support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, it is expected that Windows 8.1 will continue to be used on some older desktop systems as businesses and end-users continue the process of transitioning to Windows 11.
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OAuth 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions

This article addresses general questions about OAuth 2.0 and how it's used with SocketTools. It covers a large number of topics and has links to external resources for further reading. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the terminology and general concepts prior to beginning development. Support for OAuth 2.0 is available in all SocketTools 11 editions.
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Visual Studio 2022 Released

Visual Studio 2022 was released on November 8, 2021. SocketTools 10 Build 1290 and later includes support for Visual Studio 2022 and .NET 6.0. Developers who have a SocketTools 10 license can update to the current version at no cost.
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SocketTools .NET 6.0 Downloads

Microsoft has released the .NET 6.0 Framework. It is the unification of the .NET Framework with .NET Core and enables developers to use a single framework and runtime with uniform behavior with support on multiple platforms. .NET 6.0 is the current long-term support (LTS) version and will reach end-of-support on November 12, 2024. To work with .NET 6.0, you will need to install the current release of Visual Studio 2022: ...
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Comparing HTTP and FTP

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) can be used to perform file transfers to and from the local computer to a remote server. SocketTools includes components for both protocols, and their interface was designed to make them interchangeable with one another.
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Windows 11 Preview Released

Microsoft has made the first build of Windows 11 available, and we have been evaluating it with SocketTools to check for any potential compatibility issues.
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SocketTools and Catalyst Development have by far surpassed my expectations

I’ve been very impressed with all aspects of this project, and both SocketTools and Catalyst Development have by far surpassed my expectations. We ran into a number of roadblocks on this endeavor, and I appreciate your persistence and patience, particularly with the inconsistent test environment our client provided. I am also very impressed with the functionality of our new custom control. Very slick! Once again, thanks very much for all your hard work!
Kevin Taylor, Tailored Software, Inc. (Canada)

The documentation is amongst the best I’ve seen and used

Great product! I recently purchased the SocketWrench library and I’m pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and exceptionally intuitive API. I wanted to replace some home-grown code with the new component and it just dropped into place and worked on the first compilation! The documentation is amongst the best I’ve seen and used, with lots of clear and concise tips and helpful information. I am very impressed with the price-quality level. I look forward to many years of mutual benefits for both our companies.
Martin Hart, Memory Soft (Spain)

The best and most productive controls I have ever come across

Thanks for the amazing controls, the best and most productive I have ever come across. They work every time as per the detailed documentation with no gotchas. Great work.
Martin G Nagle, InfoMining PL (Australia)

I'm impressed with how you maintain backwards compatibility

I wanted to let you know how impressed I am with maintaining backwards compatibility. I had a VB6 program with 6 different implementations of the SocketWrenchCtl.SocketWrench class v4.5 (which was from 2006). I dropped the new in the updated .ocx file expecting to suddenly invoke 11 years worth of renamed properties, added dependencies and breaking changes. I have not yet changed a single line of code and so far (fingers crossed) it appears to be stable. I just thought I'd point that out because most devs can't go 3 months without introducing a breaking change (myself included)
Russell Phillips, Echotech (Australia)
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