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Access 2013–Not Your Father’s Access

Access 2013–Not Your Father’s Access

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I worked this weekend to prepare for a presentation this week at the Dallas SharePoint TechFest, “Access Services 2013 – Not Your Father’s Access!”  I am covering the new features of Access 2013 as an app designer for SharePoint 2013.  While presenting on Access, I frequently say that while Access has changed drastically, Access remains familiar because key parts of the UI have barely changed since 1993.  As proof, I installed Windows XP and Access 2.0 and took some screen shots for comparison.

Creating a table:

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Creating a query:

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Even the wizards to create tables have pretty much the same elements as they did back in Access 2.0 with the ability to choose from out of box templates.

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The thing that is drastically different is the ability for end users to use Access 2013 with Access Services 2013 to create apps for SharePoint 2013.  That’s the part that I am very excited about because it provides the ability for end users to create composite applications without requiring developers.  Looking forward to speaking at the event!

  • I wish I didn't have to say this.  But when it is on the desktop, it's an application, and when it's in the modern-style interface, it's an app.  

  • @cron22 - You should come to my session at the conference!  When things run using the new extensibility model in SharePoint 2013, it's called an app.  See http://dev.office.com for more information on apps for Office and SharePoint, specifically msdn.microsoft.com/.../jj250134.aspx for information on using Access as an app designer.

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