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VBA poised for return in Office for Mac 2011

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7th Aug 2010
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The case for considering the Apple Mac as an option for accounting applications will improve considerably in the Autumn when Microsoft brings out Office for Mac 2011.

The company’s early press material doesn’t make any mention of it, but the most significant enhancement will be the return of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support within the suite, reports Jason O'Grady on ZDnet.

The decision to drop VBA from Office 2008 for Mac severely dented the product’s credibility among Excel users in particular, forcing the Mac business unit to issue a public commitment to bring back VBA-language support in the next release.
 
Four years is a long time to wait, but the stunning successes of Apple’s iPhone and iPad products has greatly widened the Apple ecosphere and convinced accountants such as Nigel Harris to embrace the Macintosh. Unless they held on with old copies of Office for Mac 2004, the Mac Excel community had to install virtual machine software that would let them run PC versions of Office on their desktop computers. That will change in October, and pave the way for more convenient sharing of spreadsheets and documents with PC-based clients and colleagues.

Mac users will, however, have to adapt to the new style Microsoft Office Ribbon interface. But even here, Microsoft’s Mac business unit appears to have heeded customer feedback and is promising “the best of both worlds” with an implementation of the Ribbon based on the Office 2008 Elements Gallery that retains the classic Mac menu and Standard Toolbar options.

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