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    Matt commented  · 

    it still is

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    Wow.

    Thank you to all those participated in our survey. What an amazing number of responses, many of them with very deep content. We’re processing the over ten thousand responses(!), and already appreciate the time so many of you took to answer with passion and experience.

    Please know this survey is used to help influence various topics – both on Python as well as other related topics that the comments started to bleed into. Given the passion, I want to be clear this remains an area of exploration for us, without any specific timeline.

    We’ll provide updates as we progress on this feature request.

    Thanks!

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

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    Matt commented  · 

    @Ste - imagine the chaos that would create!

    In my last role, every Excel report I created had to be in XLS format, as there were still (in 2017) people in the business who could not open XLSX files, having versions of Excel prior to 2007.

    Ten Years!

    And you know what was great? With some careful coding, the VBA I wrote in Excel 2010 was perfectly happy to run in Excel XP (I'm not exaggerating for effect, there were people still using XP, and this was in a multi-national transport company)

    If you don't see any problem with endlessly-varying interpreter versions then I am convinced that you are not producing reports for a wide audience, on a PC to which you do not have admin rights to install whatever-the-latest-cool-thing-is

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    @ste - of COURSE that's the fragmentation I'm referring to! As soon as Python 3.7.2 comes out, people will be complaining that the version in Excel is out of date. And what Open Source do you imagine people will be abandoning for Office if Python were included?

    @Alex - it surprises you that VBA is not part of .net??

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    The fragmentation that exists in the Python community already does not lend itself to the long-term stability that is needed in the Office family.

    At least if you're going to incorporate some newer technology into office, go with .net

    This is a platform you own, and the transition from VBA->VB.net will be quite smooth (this was, after all, the path you created!)

    This also allows for the transition from Ace/Jet -> SQL server in terms of database suppor

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    The fragmentation that exists in the Python community already does not lend itself to the long-term stability that is needed in the Office family.

    At least if you're going to incorporate some newer technology into office, go with .net

    This is a platform you own, and the transition from VBA->VB.net will be quite smooth (this was, after all, the path you created!)

    This also allows for the transition from Ace/Jet -> SQL server in terms of database support

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    Thanks for supporting this feature. We won’t be able to in the near future, but we understand that it would be a nice improvement. Even though it seems like a straightforward idea, it is quite complex since named ranges can be dynamic, meaning that the range is calculated when the workbook is calculated.

    We’ll continue tracking votes for this suggestion.

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    Thanks for the suggestion Nick. We’ve got some related work we’re looking at soon, and we’ll be sure to carefully consider if we can get a fix in for this then. As always, more votes helps – so keep voting for the things you care about most.

    Thanks,
    John [MS XL]

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