Clint Covington: Software design, Microsoft Office Access

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft shows new database technology at MIX - Information Week article

    Interesting article that speculates about a potential "SQL Server Live" offering from Microsoft. "In a session called "Accessing Data Services in the Cloud," Microsoft announced a programming model and related hosted service referred to as Project Astoria. Astoria is a set of downloadable bits...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 SP3 article on CNET

    My friend Josh Edwards is quoted by CNET talking about SP3. Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 will be focused on security, said Joshua Edwards, a technical product manager for Office at Microsoft. "We're trying to take what we learned from building Office 2007 and bring as much as we can to Office...
  • Blog Post: Show your best work as a best practice in a Microsoft Case study

    The marketing team is always looking for examples of people realizing their potential through best practices with Office System software. When we find people with best practices we write about it at www.microsoft.com/casestudies . For you as a developer, it gets high visibility with the potential of...
  • Blog Post: Seattle PI article "Microsoft Office 2007 sales twice that of previous version"

    These quotes are nice to see. I'm also hearing from online communities an dramatic increase in posts on the new version. Microsoft Office 2007 sales twice that of previous version Microsoft Corp.'s new Office 2007 software produced almost twice the revenue of the previous version in its first...
  • Blog Post: InfoWorld article - "Microsoft: Office training fears overblown"

    This is a good interview with Chris Capossela, VP for Office Marketing. http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/01/31/HNofficetrainingfears_1.html This quote does reflect what we have seen in the Access world. Although, you can argue that the Access change is even more dramatic as we changed the nav...
  • Blog Post: The New York Times "Purging Bloat to Fashion Sleek Software"

    NY Times has an good article about the new Office redesign. Nearly these articles are turning out really positive... Nice to see. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/technology/18pogue.html?ex=1169874000&en=46b182d68b8d6444&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVERNEWS "Eventually, however, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year - Office 2007 Tops PC Worlds List!

    When we started talking about the ribbon everyone knew it was a huge bet. It is nice to get some props! Here is what they have to say: "Innovation? Microsoft? Yes, we were surprised, too, but the Redmond giant's latest upgrade of the world's most popular productivity suite introduces several new features...
  • Blog Post: Wall Street Journal's (Walt Mossberg) take on the ribbon

    Walt Mossberg an often critical voice about Microsoft products has published his review of the ribbon in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116786111022966326-mRGBGB2hIZH7SbdbE2Bg7YVHTDE_20070202.html?mod=tff_main_tff_top There is also a video of his recap http://online...
  • Blog Post: History of Microsoft vocabulary tag cloud

    Todd Bishop from the The Seattle PI recently put together an interesting series of cloud tags with 64 of the most commonly used words in key Microsoft-related speeches, interviews, internal e-mails and other documents from the past three decade. http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/tags/ ...
  • Blog Post: Feedback from a customer about Access 2007

    Here is some feedback I received yesterday from a customer. It is nice to see people appreciate the visual improvements. Overall we are happy with Access 2000 and everything worked (or we had developed workarounds for certain behaviors). However, we looked to Access 2007 for the following features...
  • Blog Post: PC World review of Access 2007

    I'm back from vacation and digging out of a pile of email. I really enjoyed spending quality time with the family--that is what is really important in life. When you love what you do as much as I do, it gets easy to get caught up in work stuff. Any ways, my marketing friends just sent a link to a...
  • Blog Post: Outstanding review about Office Live on CNBC

    I know I have posted a few Office Live links this week and some of you Access developers are getting tired of it. But, here is a video link on a review on what the team has done. http://soapbox.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=e8d35046-a295-4724-9def-d00ba746fc9f I also hear in addition to the U.S. market...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server Review in CRN

    I just came across a nice article about SharePoint on CRN. http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/dailyarchives.jhtml?articleId=193700573 They did a good job summarizing the Excel Services that are part of the MOSS server "Users can now publish interactive spreadsheets with Excel 2007 right...
  • Blog Post: PC Mag's Editors Choice - 4.5 out of 5 Stars!

    PC Mag just released a review of Office 2007. They gave Office a 4.5 out of 5 stars. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2052256,00.asp I love this quote: " Once you get past the few minutes needed to navigate the new Ribbon interface, you'll wonder why Microsoft waited so long to get so many...
  • Blog Post: Access 2007 on MSDN TV

    Last week the MSDN TV folks interviewed me about the new version. I gave a 25 minute demo that covers many of the new features we have added to the product. http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20060413AccessCC/manifest.xml make sure you have popups enabled for the site...
  • Blog Post: The marketing wheels start turning

    I just noticed information about Access 2007 has been posted to the web. http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/programs/access/highlights.mspx This includes a flash demo, FAQ and product guide that highlights the main features. Also, the Access team Erik, Suraj, Viki, and Tim are at the Advisor...
  • Blog Post: ActiveWin Beta 1 Access review with more screen shots

    “ Access 12 is an overwhelming update to interface wise, with new tools that enhance its existing offerings, from better integration with Office applications to Server ones such as SharePoint. This release should be a definite hit with the Enterprise user who does a lot of group work and data entry....
  • Blog Post: First reviews on Office 12 are available

    It is always fun to see your work get press! PCMag just published a review on Office 12 with few paragraphs about our favorite product, Access. Here is my favorite quote: "With some slick productivity enhancements and a completely new interface, Microsoft Access 12 gets more of a makeover than...
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