REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 4, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that 103 leading independent software vendors (ISVs), representing 23 different industries, have announced plans to integrate the Microsoft® Visual Basic® programming system Application Edition (VBA) version 5.0 into future versions of their applications. Visual Basic for Applications, the development environment for Microsoft Office 97 and the Microsoft Visual Basic programming system, is used by more than 3 million developers worldwide.
VBA enables developers to customize off-the-shelf applications and integrate them with existing applications, data and solutions. Knowledge of VBA provides developers with a highly leveraged and broadly demanded skill set, allowing them to apply their knowledge across a growing number of applications and providing them with increased business opportunities.
One Year Later – Turning Vision Into Reality
Since it was announced in June 1996, the Visual Basic for Applications licensing program has grown more than tenfold from the original eight VBA licensors, with many new companies being added each month. These companies represent a large and diverse cross-section of the software industry and together represent more than 200 applications that will enable Visual Basic for Applications to be used in both desktop and line-of-business solutions.
“Historically, businesses have been limited to a buy or build choice in their software licensing decisions,” said Paul Gross, vice president of developer tools at Microsoft. “Widespread adoption of VBA provides companies with a ‘buy and customize’ option so they can now acquire off-the-shelf applications and tailor them to meet the specific needs of their business.”
One Size Doesn’t Always Fit All: VBA Is the Key to Creating Custom Applications
The power and ease of use of Visual Basic for Applications combine to turn off-the-shelf software applications into “software building blocks” that developers can use to quickly create a broad range of custom solutions that integrate desktops with line-of-business and industry-specific applications, data and solutions. Developers and companies can customize and extend the capabilities of these applications to meet specific business needs, without having to develop applications from scratch.
“Visual Basic for Applications has opened up tremendous programming opportunities for our AutoCAD Release 14 developers, as well as broadened the reach of our open architecture to new markets and customers,” said Robert Carr, vice president of the AutoCAD market group at Autodesk Inc., the world leader in design software. “By extending the reach of our AutoCAD programming tools to the extensive community of developers using Visual Basic, Autodesk has further demonstrated our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with leading-edge technology and has provided another example of leadership in the design software market.”
Broad Adoption of Visual Basic for Applications Extends to New Industries
Applications that integrate Visual Basic for Applications are available today, with more arriving weekly. ISVs that have integrated VBA into their products have achieved significant benefits, including access to new markets, industry awards and top marks in competitive reviews. These ISVs can also take advantage of a broad range of co-marketing opportunities provided by Microsoft.
Some of the many awards won by applications that integrate Visual Basic for Applications include these:
Microsoft Office 97 PC Magazine Editor’s Choice
PC Week Analyst’s Choice
Software Development – 4 Stars
Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal Editor’s Choice
Visio Corp. – Visio Professional 4.5
PC Magazine Editor’s Choice
Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal Readers Choice
Antares Alliance Group – EdgeworX 1.1
Byte Comdex Best of Show 1996
The following companies are shipping or will ship applications that integrate Visual Basic for Applications within the next 60 days, providing developers and companies with a wide range of customizable products for creating custom solutions:
Antares Alliance Group – EdgeworX 1.1
Autodesk – Autodesk AutoCAD Release 14, Autodesk World and Autodesk Map, release 2.0
Baker Hill Corp. – OnePath
B & C Microsystems – CardServer, Panel Server, IMMserver
Dow Jones and Company Inc. – ProActive
Great Plains Software Inc. – Dynamics C/S for Microsoft SQL Server
ICONICS Inc. – Genesis, GraphWorX
Merrill Lynch & Company Inc. – Private Client Shell
Microsoft Corp. – Microsoft Office 97, Visual Basic 5.0, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visual Studio 97
Nemasoft – Open Control 4.1
OSI Software Inc. – PI Process Book
PHD – HelpDesk
Rockwell Software Inc. – RS View, RS Logix
Sagent Technology Inc. – Data Mart Solutions, version 2.0
Systems Modeling Corp. – Arena, version 3.0
Visio Corp. – Visio Professional 4.5, Visio Technical 4.5, Visio Professional 5.0 and Visio Technical 5.0
Visual Basic for Applications Reduces Total Cost of Ownership
Microsoft and Giga Information Group recently released preliminary findings of The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Office 97 Migration study, which identified Visual Basic for Applications use for customizing and developing solutions in Microsoft Office 97 as a key factor in reducing total cost of ownership. The study notes that corporations have been able to achieve significant reductions in development time, user training and support for a line of custom solutions. Giga confirms that these efficiencies are largely due to the incorporation of VBA across Office 97 and the ability for businesses to customize solutions and automate business processes using a common development environment.
Licensing and Availability
Microsoft is licensing Visual Basic for Applications through Mystic River Software Inc. and Summit Software Co., leaders in embedded technology, which provide integration support and consulting. For more information on VBA licensing, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/vba/ .
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The following companies have announced their intent to license Visual Basic for Applications into future applications. These companies span more than 23 diverse categories of the software industry and offer more than 200 future applications and product lines.
Adobe Systems Inc.
Antares Alliance Group
B & C Microsystems Inc.
Baker Hill Corp.
Business Objects SA
Campbell Software Inc.
Creditor Resources Inc.
Dow Jones & Company Inc.
Dynapro Systems Inc.
The EC Company
Elite Information Systems
Great Plains Software Inc.
HAHT Software Inc.
Information Builders Inc.
Logic Works Inc.
McAfee Associates Inc.
Medical Data Services
Newtonian Software Inc.
Onpoint Technologies Inc.
OSI Software Inc.
Packard Instrument Co.
Popkin Software and Systems Inc.
Professional Help Desk
Rational Software Corp.
Rockwell Software Inc.
Sagent Technology Inc.
SAP Technology Inc.
Systems Modeling Corp.
Template Graphic Sys.
Texas Instruments Software