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post Nov 6 2015, 03:12 PM

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At the just completed MVP Summit, leadership on the Access development team confirmed to us that they intend to revitalize development both in the Access desktop and in Access Web Apps.

To this end, they recently launched the Access User Voice as a way to gather input from ALL users, not just the MVPS, on the features we want to see in the product. Please take advantage of this opportunity to submit feedback directly to the team. While they can't promise that any specific suggestion will be implemented, we were assured that leadership on the Access team is indeed reading all of the suggestions and taking them seriously. What makes it to the top of the priority list, of course, depends on many factors including resource availability and impact on the product.

As is always the case, the sessions we attend are under NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so we're not at liberty to discuss details or any of the other initiatives that are underway. However, the Access team made a considerable effort to encourage the spread of this message regarding their renewed commitment to keeping Access on top of the desktop database world.
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post Nov 10 2015, 06:27 PM

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I just wanted to note that as of now, 3:25PM PDT, on November 10th, three of the suggestions posted on the Access User Voice page for Access Desktop have been reclassified as "Under Review". The Access Team is listening!

It may not happen overnight, but it is clear that a change is gonna come.
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post Nov 26 2015, 11:34 AM

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Sounds good!

I have always felt that MS never really understood what a fantastically empowering tool Access was/is. It is such a good RAD system that enables people from all backgrounds to build tools to help them do what they do. The legacy issue of being tied to VB and the lack of any work to move us to VB.NET on the backend has always been the elephant in the room regarding development of Access. Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with VB/VBA but we are slowly being left behind.

However since the emergence of the web as clearly the future platform for development this is no longer as important as it once was. If some way could be found to transfer the RADness of Access to web development then we really would have a fantastic tool.
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