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What Is Visual Basic Scripting Edition?

For the first time, Outlook 2000 now supports Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the Visual Basic dialect used in other Office applications. However, Outlook VBA is only supported for application-wide use, as described in Chapter 43, "Creating Application-wide Outlook Visual Basic for Applications Code." For working with forms, Outlook still uses the Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBS) dialect of VB, which was originally developed for Internet Explorer, and is currently used in Internet Explorer, Outlook, and the Windows Scripting Host applet provided with Windows 98.

VBS is a less powerful language than VBA, and it lacks the full Visual Basic Environment (VBE) interface that developers can use while working with VBA. However, VBS has gone through a number of upgrades since the original version (VBS 1.0) that accompanied Outlook 97 (see Table 42.1), and each version has removed a few of its limitations.


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