What is the current official stance from Microsoft when it comes to macro enabled office files, such as excel and word macro enabled documents? Our IT section have informed these will be phased out in the near future. Is this correct, and if so when, or will we still be able to use/create new macro enabled documents in the latest versions of Office? We have a number of very useful (trusted / in-house developed) macro enabled office files that would be a big loss if there were to be be some form of update that meant they could no longer be used/developed further/new macro's and macro enabled documents created.
I'm not entirely sure how Microsoft would technically phase out macros/macro enabled documents, unless it means in future releases of office the ability to create new macro enabled documents will be removed, or if they will release some form office /windows security patch that updates the current version of the software to remote the ability to execute or create future macro enabled docs? How would the phasing out actually happen in practice to the end users of word, excel, etc? And more importantly, when will this dreaded doomsday scenario occur for macro users? I know there are security implications in allowing macro use in a corporate environment, but alternatively they can prove very useful in automating tasks and improving efficiencies.
Are there plans for any sort of replacement to automate frequently used tasks and features to replace traditional macros/macro enabled documents?