It has been the “macro” language for Microsoft Word since Office 97, even while Microsoft has moved Office developers toward .NET. But now members of the Visual Studio team are saying Visual Basic for Apps isn’t going anywhere. In response to reports that cropped up last week saying that Microsoft is finally shutting down support for Visual Basic for Applications, the COM-based macro language for customizing Office 97 and subsequent versions, members of the team whose product would presumably replace it are saying VBA support will remain in the next edition of Office, code-named either “Office 13” or “Office 14” on account of squeamishness over the earlier number.
“Over the years, a number of partners such as Corel and AutoDesk have licensed VBA to add application automation functionality to their products,” reads a post last week to the Visual Studio Tools for Office team blog. “Any existing partner can continue to ship VBA and Microsoft Office will continue to include it.”
The confusion may have arisen from Microsoft’s decision last July to discontinue new licenses of VBA to new partners seeking to build a functional language into their applications. Instead, Microsoft is steering clients toward adopting Visual Studio Tools for Applications.
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