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    Future of VBA (Office 2007)

    What is the alternative to coding VBA apps in future versions of Office? I mainly work with Word templates with automated code, storing shared procedures, functions, toolbars, etc in a global template.

    I understand that Microsoft will continue to support VBA apps in Office 2007 (have already tested lots of code and all looks good), but I would like some reading material to explore other technologies that I should be looking at.

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    Re: Future of VBA (Office 2007)

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    Re: Future of VBA (Office 2007)

    Will Microsoft continue to support VBA in the future? I suppose if it's fully supported in Office 2007 then the earliest they could consider 'disabling' or not supporting it would be 2011? Andy.

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    Re: Future of VBA (Office 2007)

    I don't think that is known yet. Microsoft originally planned to drop support for VBA in Office XP or Office 2003, but it still works in Office 2007. And I don't know about Word 2007, but Word 2003 still supports WordBasic, the programming language in Word 95 and earlier!
    With the enormous amount of VBA code around, I would be surprised if Microsoft would completely cut off support for it, even if the focus for new development would shift to a newer language.

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    Re: Future of VBA (Office 2007)

    As long as other competing word processors offer some kind of built-in macro capability, it's difficult to imagine Microsoft requiring users to buy a copy of Visual Studio and Visual Studio Tools for Office to create them. However, it wouldn't surprise me if some "less safe" capabilities were restricted (e.g., Windows API calls, referencing unsigned COM objects).

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