Solver for Excel, which was axed in Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, makes a come back as the original developer Frontline Systems has released it as a standalone app. Solver for Excel 2008 works with the latest version of Excel, is a Universal Binary app, runs on Mac OS X Leopard or Tiger, and is a free download.
When Microsoft released Office 2008 for Mac, it dropped the support of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting language, along with it the popular Solver tool which depends on VBA. Microsoft has promised to bring VBA back to Mac version of Office, but there is no definite schedule. And Solver for Excel is now developed and released outside of Microsoft.
“It’s our way of re-introducing ourselves to the Mac community. This version of Solver is a Frontline Systems product and will be supported by us — but we owe a big THANK YOU to Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit for (i) asking us to do this and (ii) supporting our efforts intensively with AppleScript help, QA testing, and localization.” — Frontline Systems