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Why Excel for iOS Doesn’t Support VB Macros

TJ Luoma:

Finally watched that “I tried to edit a movie on the iPad Pro” and this video editing professional is amazing and amazed at what it can do.

Commenter: “Yeah but Excel on iOS can’t do macros…”

And I’m like “WELL, THEN COMPLAIN TO MICROSOFT.”

I think the hardware can handle it.

Erik Schwiebert:

VB macros on iOS are forbidden by Apple. Review guideline 2.5.2 says in part that apps may not “download, install, or execute code which introduces or changes features or functionality of the app”.

I thought maybe Google Sheets would get around this by running the macros on the server, but apparently not.

Previously: iPad Pro 2018, How to Game the App Store, Hasta La Vista, Visual Basic.

3 Comments

The rule exists, but Pythonista and Scriptable are two apps that I can think of off the top of my head whose explicit purpose is allowing users to write and execute Python or Javascript scripts respectively. I wonder if MS has ever been explicitly told by Apple that VB macros would be rejected?

This rule is such a BS.. If an App downloads html/Javascript and presents it in UIWebview, it seems to be violating this rule right away, no?
"code" is such a vague term. JSON is also code, and apps change their behaviour based on settings/options/response downloaded from Internet

The linked article says Sheets macros aren’t available on iOS or on Android. That’s not a strong argument for the lack of macros being because of Apple’s policies.

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