CAUG Meeting Notes
 
Date: 12/18/2007
 
Topic: Access 2007 and Beyond.
 
Presenters: Clint Covington and Steven Greenberg of Microsoft.
 
Summary:
 
Clint Covington presented an overview of whatís new in Access 2007.
 
One of the objectives of the 2007 version was to make it easier for new users to begin using Access.To that end users are 
now presented with an array of ready-made Access applications when they start Access 2007.
 
For developers some key new features include:
 
-               A split form allowing data to be displayed in datasheet and form view at the same time.
-               Alternate line colors in datasheets.
-               The file formats 2000 and 2003 are still supported with the .mdb filename extension.
-               A new file format with the .accdb filename extension supports the newest features including multi-valued data items.
-               Greatly enhanced filtering functionality via the shortcut menus.
 
Probably the biggest change to Access 2007 (and all of Office 2007) is the new Ribbon Menu.For the end user it takes a little getting used to.
For developers used to creating their own custom menus and toolbars the ribbon is a major change indeed.Look for CAUG meeting topic covering 
ribbon programming this spring.
 
Steven Greenberg covered whatís coming in the next version of Access.I cannot go into great detail in this post, but suffice to say that Access 
will be greatly expanding itís horizons in conjunction with Sharepoint.Creating and, more importantly, deploying Access applications will be 
easier and more powerful than ever.
 
The following are some links of interest provided by Clint and Steven:
 
Ribbon extensibility -
 http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb187398.aspx
Migrating your app -
 http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb203849.aspx
Interactive guide --
 http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/HA102388991033.aspx
 
Access Development Team blog:
 http://blogs.msdn.com/access. 
 
Clint Covingtonís three part series covering Access 2007 tips and
 tricks:
http://blogs.msdn.com/access/archive/2007/12/18/access-2007-tips-and-tricks-from-the-access-team.aspx
 
A post about a great site called access-freak.com that helps
 ease the transition from 2003 to 2007:
http://blogs.msdn.com/access/archive/2007/07/12/easing-the-transition-from-access-2003-to-2007.aspx
 
Here are two more great entries:
http://blogs.msdn.com/access/archive/2007/11/29/accessjunkie-s-updated-2007-content.aspx
 
http://blogs.msdn.com/access/archive/2007/08/13/new-access-2007-articles-on-office-online.aspx