Microsoft is still planning to block Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros by default in Office apps. The software giant rolled back planned changes last week, surprising IT admins who had been preparing for Microsoft to prevent Office users from easily enabling macros in Office files downloaded from the internet. The change, designed to improve security in Office, was supposed to go live in June before Microsoft suddenly reverted the block on June 30th.
“Following user feedback, we have rolled back this change temporarily while we make some additional changes to enhance usability,” explains Kellie Eickmeyer, principal product manager at Microsoft, in a blog post update. “This is a temporary change, and we are fully committed to making the default change for all users.”
It seems bonkers that in this day and age VBA macros are still a thing, but I guess the business world is quite dependent on them.
Is it so hard to have a checkbox called “can has macros please?” or similar? I never understood the all-or-nothing approach of the “enable editing” button, where if you want to fix a single spelling error you also have to run the macros.