Office 15 extensions will be built with HTML5, JavaScript

By on August 3, 2011, 9:00 PM

Microsoft has already announced that it expects developers to create mobile-like applications using HTML5 and JavaScript for Windows 8. The software giant may be planning something similar for Office 15, the successor to Microsoft Office 2010 (Office 14), according to job postings unearthed by ZDNet.

Previously, Microsoft had told developers interested in Office programmability, which refers to extending the Microsoft Office platform with custom code and third-party add-on applications, to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).

With Office 15, it looks like Microsoft is going to point them to a new generation of Office development tools that will focus on HTML5 and JavaScript. Furthermore, the tools will also target Office 365 and SharePoint.

It's unlikely that Microsoft will retire VBA, VSTO, or any other existing Office programmability tools anytime soon. That being said, we wouldn't be surprised if the company phased them out one day.

We can only hope that the software giant will offer its short term and long term plans for Office programmability, assuming this new approach is made official with an upcoming announcement. We can't expect Redmond to be too specific, but hopefully it will clear up the potential confusion we're predicting will occur amongst developers.

Right now, we barely have a glimpse of what's coming in Office 15. The good news is that Microsoft is getting ready to share a bit more about Microsoft Office 2010's successor. In fact, an official announcement is coming before the end of the year, so hold tight!

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Guest said:

"as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. " --Web Developers everywhere

Unless of course the new office uses the webkit engine like they do on macs and not that daemon offspring of an engine it's got now.

I guess we'll have to settle for trident. IE10s html5 support list might be a bit much to hope for.

It's very exciting to see all these languages rolled into 1 focus. Blurring the line between web-app and stand-alone app.

Guest said:

Of course we could all switch to Open/Libre Office instead.

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