News.com report that VBA will not be supported in next Mac Office.
The company said the next version of the Mac Office will discontinue support for Visual Basic scripting. However, it will add better support for Mac scripting methods such as AppleScript and Automator.
When asked if it was time to panic, a leading Excel blogger (me) said, “Yes. Yes it is.”
Any Mac Office users out there care to comment on this. I don’t use a Mac so I don’t know if this is big news or not. Maybe all the Mac Office user are using AppleScript anyway.
Hat tip: Jonathan
Erik Schwiebert has a long post about the decision to scrap VBA in Mac Office.
Again, this is all a design that long predates me or most of my peers in Mac Office, and is code that we inherited when we created the MacBU (i.e, none of us wrote it in the first place.)
Am I buying software from you or from Microsoft? If you leave, are all bets off? Do I still get support, warranty, security patches when there’s turnover?
Richard the commenter says:
The only thing that I’ve read that may counter my suspicions that Microrsoft is not moving toward abandoning Mac OS is that Microsoft is also deprecating VBA for Windows…
I don’t know who Richard is or who Richard knows, but that is not what I heard. I’ve never heard MS, or anyone else, say that VBA was on the way out. I’ve certainly surmised that that was the case, but I’ve never heard anything official, and I doubt he has either.