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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories IBM i Access Family
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 11, 2020

Requesting EHLLAPI support for 64bit Office

The EHLLAPI bridge for Access Client Solutions is not compatible with Microsoft Office 64 bit (see case reply from IBM) and I would like to request that it be made compatible.


Use Case:

Macro requires connectivity from VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) from Microsoft Excel to the IBM i servers via the EHLLAPI bridge using the pcshll32.dll api. Obviously this would become the pcshll64.dll api at that point.


Idea priority Low
  • Guest
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    Dec 3, 2023

    @IBM Power Systems Development

    Thanks for the update, totally looking forward to seeing this. Happy to partake in beta testing if that helps.

    Greg.

  • Guest
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    Oct 31, 2023
    We plan to provide a 64 bit EHLLAPI bridge in the first half of 2024.

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
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    Oct 12, 2023
    We are in the process of making plans for next year. This item is part of that discussion. We should be able to provide an update by the end of October what our plans for this item will be.
    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
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    Oct 5, 2023

    Likewise can CAAC please review the "Medium Priority" that this idea was assessed as since that was two years ago now, and what was considered medium in 2021 may now be rated higher given it is 2023 and we now have only two years before the EOL date for 32 bit Office.

  • Guest
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    Oct 5, 2023

    Also refer to https://ibm-power-systems.ideas.ibm.com/ideas/IBMI-I-3799

    Can someone from IBM please comment on any planned timelines for this request. Our company has to make some business decisions if this will not be available in the next 6-12 months.

  • Guest
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    Aug 2, 2023

    We too have hundreds of VBA macos which were rendered unusable when upgrading the IBM emulator from PCOMM iSeries Access for Windows (32 bit) to IBM I Access Client Solutions ( 32 bit). We are running Windows. We are running Microsoft Excel (64 bit). We hope this EHLLAPI bridge update will allow us to salvage the large investment in Exce/IBMi macros.

  • Guest
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    May 11, 2023

    Following on from Nancy's comment below I would like to ask IBM to review this idea's status, I see it is still tagged as Low and we have a hard deadline for it to be completed by.

    Windows 10 will reach end of support on October 14, 2025 and after that I think there will be no more 32 bit options available. I would like to know if IBM is going to include this idea into the roadmap so that our (and many other global customers) existing processes will be backwards compatible post Windows 11 deployment.

    Cheers

    Greg

  • Guest
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    Jun 8, 2022

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  • Guest
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    Aug 24, 2021

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.
    It appears that moving to Office 64-bit is not an absolute necessity at Windows 10, so this would be a "nice to have" improvement for that version, but Windows 11 early information implies that there will be no 32-bit version, so this becomes much more important.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see www.common.org/caac

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
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    Jun 25, 2020

    IBM understands this request and will consider it for a future code update, though no commitment is made or implied.

  • Guest
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    Apr 21, 2020

    IBM has received this requirement and is evaluating it. A response will be provided when evaluation is complete.