Visual COBOL supports the Visual Studio Project Round-Tripping feature (or Backward Compatibility for projects) with COBOL projects. It enables you to use different versions of Visual Studio to edit the same COBOL project without the need to perform a project upgrade.
Project round-tripping enables you to open and change a project in one of the Visual Studio versions and, after closing it, open and edit it in the other version - no upgrade will be applied. Project round-tripping ensures your projects will be unaffected if some people in your organization use one of the supported Visual Studio versions while others are using another one to edit the same applications.
Visual COBOL for different versions of Visual Studio can co-exist on the same machine which makes it easier to test your applications against the different versions of the IDE.
Applications created with Visual COBOL for different versions of Visual Studio targets the same COBOL run-time system product, COBOL Server.