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Microsoft delivers Office for Mac SP1; Will bring back VBA

Microsoft on Tuesday said that it is releasing Service Pack 1 for Office for Mac and outlined a future roadmap that brings back Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).The software giant outlined the changes in a statement touting that Office 2008 for Mac is "selling faster than any previous version of Office for Mac in the past 19 years.
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Microsoft on Tuesday said that it is releasing Service Pack 1 for Office for Mac and outlined a future roadmap that brings back Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).

The software giant outlined the changes in a statement touting that Office 2008 for Mac is "selling faster than any previous version of Office for Mac in the past 19 years."

According to the company Office 2008 for Mac SP1 includes:

  • Better Excel compatibility for file exchanges between Windows and Mac and improved workbook printing;
  • Entourage enhancements to Calendar and Exchange Server support;
  • Improved formatting for Word and printing accuracy;
  • PowerPoint improvements and the ability to use AppleScript to create custom scripts.

As for VBA, Microsoft said that it is bringing VBA-language support back to the next version of Office for Mac. Microsoft said:

"Sharing information with customers as early as possible continues to be a priority for the Mac BU to allow customers to plan for their software needs. Although the Mac BU increased support in Office 2008 with alternate scripting tools such as Automator and AppleScriptThe team recognizes that VBA-language support is important to a select group of customers who rely on sharing macros across platforms."

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