Week in Review: September 23, 2023

Highlights include the death of COM/VBA in New Outlook (?!?!), a web-based image editor for Access, and a deep dive into string-building performance in VBA.

Week in Review: September 23, 2023

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.

  • September 26, 2023: Tom van Stiphout and Kim Young - Accessibility is for Everyone
  • October 4, 2023: Juan Soto - The Future of Access
  • October 5, 2023: Pat Hartman - Updateable Bound Forms with Denormalized Data
  • October 19, 2023: Alessandro Grimaldi - "VBA Pills" - Access Tips and Tricks
  • November 1, 2023: John Heaser - Extending Access with SQL Server – including Geography data
  • November 2, 2023: John Colby - Event Driven Programming: Part II (Part I recording) (JUST ADDED)
  • November 16, 2023: Alexander Denz - ChatGPT in Access
  • December 6, 2023: Mike Wolfe - Streamline Your Import/Export Spec Workflow with VBA Classes (TOPIC JUST UPDATED)
  • January 3, 2024: Ramachandran (A.P.R.) Pillai - Streamlining the Form Module Code in the standalone Class Module
  • February 7, 2024: Carlos Quintero - Features of MZ-Tools to make you more productive with VBA
  • March 6, 2024: Thomas Möller - Better Access Charts in the new Edge Browser Control
  • April 3, 2024: Dale Fye - Working with Command Bars and the Access Shortcut Tool (JUST ADDED)
  • May 1, 2024: Colin Riddington - View & Edit Import/Export (IMEX) Data Task Specifications (JUST ADDED)

Access Roadmap

There were NO CHANGES to the roadmap between the last Week in Review (2023-09-16) and this one (2023-09-23).

The development priorities were last updated on October 12, 2022.

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.

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



  • APR 2023: Modern Web Browser Control
  • MAR 2023: New Modern Web Browser Form Control

All original code samples by Mike Wolfe are licensed under CC BY 4.0