Weeks in Review: January 28, 2023

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Weeks in Review: January 28, 2023

I'm back from vacation and returning to my regular daily routine.  If you were disappointed that there was no Week in Review last week, you'll be relieved to know that I included two weeks worth of updates in today's edition.  Enjoy!

Just Published

This section includes videos, articles, and interesting discussions from the past 7 days.



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.

  • January 31, 2023: Colin Riddington -  Translate & Speak Using Access
  • February 1, 2023: Thomas Möller - State-of-the-art charts in Access with chart.js
  • February 2, 2023: Linda Ewen - Using Temp Tables in Access to Manage Data Processing Tasks
  • February 16, 2023: Karl Donaubauer - The Current State of Access
  • March 1, 2023: Maria Barnes - Optimizing Queries in SQL Server
  • March 2, 2023: Speakers TBA - Migrating Access Tables to SQL Server, a Comparison of Methods
  • April 5, 2023: Duane Hookom - (topic details to follow)
  • April 6, 2023: Jack Stockton - Multi-Language Support in Access applications
  • April 20-21, 2023: Access DevCon Vienna (tentative dates)
  • May 3, 2023: Peter Bryant - Automating DSN-less Communications to SQL Server
  • June 7, 2023: Thomas Pfoch - Maps for Microsoft Access
  • July 5, 2023: Aleksander Wojtasz - Interactive Gantt Chart Scheduler in Access (JUST ADDED - rescheduled from Dec 2022)
  • October 4, 2023: Juan Soto - (topic details to follow)
  • December 6, 2023: Mike Wolfe - (topic to be confirmed)

Access Roadmap

There were NO CHANGES to the roadmap between the last Week in Review (2023-01-14) and this one (2023-01-28).  The development priorities were last updated on October 12, 2022.

Listed below is a snapshot of the official Access Roadmap (NOTE: as of publication, this link leads to an unfiltered view of the entire Microsoft 365 roadmap because as of the week of December 10, 2022, there are no Access items shown on the 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.

Development Priorities

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.

  1. Continued Focus on Monthly Issue Fixes (Monthly Issue Fix Blog)
  2. Inconsistent Database Error Fix
  3. New Macro Signing Support
  4. New (Modern) Web Browser Control (to support Chromium Edge)
  5. Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Floating Point
  6. Dataverse Connector Data Type Support for Rich Text
  7. Dataverse Connector support to export to a specific Dataverse solution or publisher
  8. Enabling Large Address Aware (LAA) for 32-Bit Access
  9. SQL Monaco Editor
  10. New Microsoft Graph Data Connector

In Development


Rolling Out