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Microsoft Announces Office 2000 Developer

Microsoft Corp. CEO Bill Gates announced the forthcoming release of Office 2000 Developer during his keynote at Developer Days last week.

With MOD, developers can use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to integrate or automate the Office components -- Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook -- or to build custom applications built on top of these programs.

MOD 2000 will contain version 6.0 of VBA, which is slated to include a number of productivity enhancements, including improved error handling, templates for automatically commenting code and a WYSIWYG string editor for embedding long scripts or complex SQL statements into VBA code.

MOD 2000 will also include a new feature called the Code Librarian, which developers will be able to use to index and search prewritten snippets of code. The Code Librarian will ship with more than 1,000 lines of sample code for automating Office applications.

MOD 2000 is scheduled to be available during the first half of 1999. – Michele Rosen, Staff Reporter/New York Correspondent

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