Week in Review: December 10, 2022
Highlights include Access disappearing from the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, bug fix release 2211 details, maps, maps, and more maps.
This section includes videos, articles, and interesting discussions from the past 7 days.
Juan Soto (Access Experts)
Daniel Pineault (DEVelopers HUT)
Colin Riddington (Isladogs on Access)
Crystal Long (Ms Access Gurus | Access Access Newsletter)
Mike Wolfe (NoLongerSet)
Access User Group Recordings (YouTube channel)
- Annotating Google Maps with Access (59:08): by Colin Riddington
- Managing Selection Lists for Quick Data Entry (1:17:23): by Kent Gorrell
Richard Rost (YouTube channel)
- Double Lookup (11:48): Performing a Double Lookup in Microsoft Access Requiring Multiple Criteria
- Expression Is (11:10): Use the Conditional Formatting Expression Is Option in Microsoft Access to Change Color by Contents
- Count Occurrences (12:14): How to Count Occurrences of One String Inside Another String in Microsoft Access VBA
- Leap Year (12:59): How to Determine Leap Years Using the IsDate Function in Microsoft Access
- Prorated (17:49): How to Calculate Prorated Rent in Microsoft Access
- Edit Mode (11:53): Prevent Accidental Edits and Deletions by Requiring Users to Go Into Edit Mode in Microsoft Access
- Save Position (2:27): **
Daniel Pineault (YouTube channel)
New to Me
This section includes content I discovered this week that has been around for awhile.
Nothing new this week.
Upcoming Access User Group Events
NOTE: Only English-language user group meetings with scheduled guest speakers or topics are listed. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the Access User Group event calendar.
- December 13, 2022: Juan Soto - Access with SQL Server Academy Part II (review Part I here)
- January 4, 2023: Karl Donaubauer - A baker's dozen of tips, tricks and tools in 60 minutes
- January 5, 2023: Juanjo Luna - Using REST/API calls with Access (Spanish to English translation will be provided)
- January 31, 2023: Colin Riddington - Translate & Speak Using Access
- February 1, 2023: Thomas Möller - Better Access Charts
- February 2, 2023: Linda Ewen - (topic to be announced)
- March 1, 2023: Maria Barnes - Optimizing Queries in SQL Server
- April 5, 2023:
Aleksander WojtaszDuane Hookom - (topic to be confirmed) - (SPEAKER UPDATED)
- May 3, 2023: Peter Bryant - Automating DSN-less Communications to SQL Server
- June 7, 2023: Thomas Pfoch - Maps for Microsoft Access
- October 4, 2023: Juan Soto - (topic details to follow) (JUST ADDED)
- December 6, 2023: Mike Wolfe - (topic to be confirmed)
Since last week (2022-12-03), the "Access Dataverse Connector" is no longer listed under the "Launched" category. The development priorities were last updated on October 12, 2022.
Access DISAPPEARS!!! from the Microsoft 365 Roadmap
With the removal of "Access Dataverse Connector" from the "Launched" category, Access no longer appears at all under the Microsoft 365 Roadmap:
Note to the Microsoft Access team, this is NOT a good look.
I know you've got your new 90% launch date rule for adding anything to the roadmap, but you need to at least keep something on the roadmap. As it is, it looks like Access is not even a supported application in Microsoft 365. I mean, if nothing else, at least leave the Dataverse Connector in the "Launched" category as a placeholder until you have something else to show on the schedule.
I'm sure the filter list above is auto-generated. And I'm sure Access will appear on the roadmap again in the future. But it's hard to reassure clients that Access is alive and well when the Roadmap indicates otherwise.
Listed below is a snapshot of the official Access Roadmap.
"In Development", "Rolling Out", and "Launched" are Microsoft terms that I pulled straight from the public roadmap.
"Development Priorities" do not appear on the Access Roadmap. Instead, they get updated from time to time in official Access blog posts. I'll include a link to the official Access blog post that lists the current development priorities as they get updated.
The items listed below reflect Microsoft's order of priority and were published in the following article, Our Road Ahead - Microsoft Access Engineering Priorities Oct 2022.
New priorities added since the previous set of priorities are shown in bold below. Dropped priorities are struck through.
- Continued Focus on Monthly Issue Fixes (Monthly Issue Fix Blog)
- Inconsistent Database Error Fix
- New Macro Signing Support
- New (Modern) Web Browser Control (to support Chromium Edge)
- Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Floating Point
- Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Rich Text
- Dataverse Connector support to export to a specific Dataverse solution or publisher
Enabling Large Address Aware (LAA) for 32-Bit Access SQL Monaco Editor New Microsoft Graph Data Connector