Technology is constantly advancing, and software frameworks are no exception. With each update, new features are introduced, performance is enhanced, security vulnerabilities are addressed, and bugs are fixed. However, software releases typically come with a defined support period, after which updates and security patches cease. It’s important to anticipate and plan for migrating to newer versions before the current one reaches its end of life.

You might wonder why migration is necessary when the current software seems to be functioning fine. It’s understandable to subscribe to the notion of “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” However, it’s crucial to consider that unsupported software becomes vulnerable to security threats over time. This leaves your systems open to potential exploitation by malicious actors. So, the question becomes whether to take the risk with the assumption that nothing will happen, or to proactively upgrade before a security breach occurs.

A prudent approach is to plan migrations ahead of time, well before a software version reaches its end of life. This involves thorough testing and careful planning for the release of the upgraded software.

Recently, we undertook such a task for a client, migrating their project from .NET 6 to the latest .NET 8 version. Despite .NET 6 still being supported as a long-term product, we planned the migration in advance and executed it seamlessly. The new version of .NET has demonstrated significant performance improvements, including reduced RAM usage, showcasing the benefits of proactive software upgrades.

Microsoft provide an excellent tool to assist with the task in Visual Studio
.NET Upgrade Assistant – Visual Studio Marketplace