Preview Of Access 2013 (First Look At Access 15)

Preview Of Access 2013 (First Look At Access 15)

So what’s new with Access 2013 (or code named Access 15)? Well, to be honest only one thing really and that’s the word ‘apps’.

Since the release of Access 2007, you had the beginnings of being able to publish your database to an online server, host website, SharePoint service or other Access hosting service which required some basic subscription service.

Now you have a feature called apps which brings this current database application even closer to an online collaboration with a set of richer tools.

Preview Of MS Access 2013 (First Look At Access 15)

When you start Microsoft Access, you are confronted with the usual backstage to create or open an existing database file.

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Notice the first two main thumbnail icons to create a blank database file but the emphasis (hence the order) encourages you to create a web version. Of course the desktop option will still be supported for next few generations of this rich application but don’t be surprised by say the end of the this decade seeing this element being dropped altogether making that full time switch to cloud computing forever!

Stocking with the desktop version, you will see the same functionality as with the current version (2010) – so no change here (for now anyways). What I don’t like however, is the Ribbon bar menu tab captions which now appear in all UPPERCASE- No need to shout!access 2013 ribbon

The ribbon and their icons appear a little flat looking, colourless and dull compared to the current version but remember this is only a preview of Access 2013 and the final release could easily change several times by then.

So what about the web ‘apps’ direction? You will need some sort of hosting service which will be a small additional monthly fee or you may want to make the complete move to MS Office 365 and pay a slighter larger monthly fee for all office applications including Access and their services. Either way, you cannot use any of the new features until you do so.

What’s new here includes:

  • How to build an app with configuration settings. 
  • Utilise table templates online with relationship tables. 
  • Easily import external data from Excel, ODBC driver data sources and SharePoint Lists. 
  • Open in a browser view without running the compatibility checker and publish feature. 
  • Navigation controls are automatically created in browser view without the need to use the switchboard manageror the navigation forms. 
  • Simple online action bar and editing controls features to format and customise views. 
  • Drill through buttons allowing you to view related views easily.
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  • Better deployment options and security (permission) features.

This version is due to be released at the earliest end of this year or first quarter of 2013. If you want to review a copy for yourself, you can go and download the preview version (search on Google for “Access 2013 download”) but be careful as you will need Windows Vista or 7 as XP is not supported and that it may also affect your current version of Access – so choose to test it on a different computer if possible.

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3 Responses to Preview Of Access 2013 (First Look At Access 15)

  1. Ben says:

    Haven’t really tested this fully as my hosting account is currently set for Access 2010 and the hosting company have informed that they will be introducing Access 2013 SharePoint and other online services for this verion in the coming weeks. However, from my research and from a personal disliking to data access pages (dropped from Access 2007/ACCDB), it’s far superior with much more natural functionality.

  2. Lugh says:

    So, did you get to play around with designing “apps” at all? Are they better implemented than the disaster of “data access pages” ten years back?

  3. Ben Beitler says:

    With so many different versions of MS Access the I need to have installed, I had to test Access 2013 via VMWare (virtual image software) in order to avoid ‘dll’ files and library conflicts which several versions tend to share. This is very important if you intend to code a lot with Access VBA.

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