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Is Microsoft Planning HTML 5 Based Add-ons for Office 15?

Software giant Microsoft is planning to bring support for HTML 5 and JavaScript in Office programmability.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft has made some job posts which indicate that it plans to extend support for HTML 5 and JavaScript beyond Windows to Office 15 and Office 365.

Office programmability is the ability to extend the functionality of Office by adding custom code and third party applications. Developers have been working on extending Office applications by using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO).

A job post by Microsoft claims that in Office 15, which is expected to launching sometime between 2012 and 2013, developers will have to work with JavaScript and HTML 5 if they want to exploit Office programmability. The functionality will also be extended to Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud based version of Office applications.

“Integration of JavaScript/HTML5 will enable developers to create rich applications that span clients and server, integrate with Office 365, enhance the SharePoint experience, and unlock new scenarios that unleash the great potential that lies in the combination of Office and the cloud,” read Microsoft’s job post for a software developer engineer.

As Windows 8 is likely to have an inbuilt app store, this may very well open avenue for developers to build and offer HTML 5 based Office add-ons.