I have VBDos Pro on one of my machines still. When I made the jump to VB3 it was a drastic difference. It was almost like a completely different language and I found that there was a learning curve to get even a simple application done. An app I could have done in an hour in VBDos would have taken a day in VB3, and then there were all of these support files, VBX, DLL. My VBDos could build a stand alone exe and there were no need for any of those vbxs or dlls nor even Windows. It could run fine under dos, windows or OS/2. It was a different world.
But it is hard to claim that vb"7" (aka .Net) is an evolutionary change in the vb line. It really is a drastically different language.