'Reports of VBA's demise have been greatly exaggerated'

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Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has tried to reassure user-programmers that it would continue to offer Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within Office applications. John Stokdyk reports.

Rumours and controversy have swirled since last month's release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, which did not include support for VBA. The problem for many corporate users is that the lack of VBA in Office 2008 for Macs will lead to incompatibilities on mixed PC/Mac networks.

To add fuel to the fire, Microsoft also announced last year that it would no longer license VBA to third party commercial software companies and pushed them instead towards using its Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) or Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).

To calm things down, Microsoft's VSTO...

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