General Meeting Presentation

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ribbon Extensibility in Microsoft Office Access 2007

Michael McCormack<br/>Microsoft Access Program Manager<br/>Redmond, WA

Say goodbye to CommandBars, and say hello to the Ribbon! The Ribbon is at the core of the new user experience in Microsoft Office 2007. The Ribbon provides an innovative way to display and organize commands that improve usability and user productivity. In this session you'll discover how the Ribbon exposes a rich and flexible XML-based extensibility model in Microsoft Office Access 2007. You'll explore the new programming model, learn best practices, and see how to incorporate the Ribbon design philosophy into your applications. You'll look at backward compatibility for custom CommandBars in Access 2007.

Our presenter, Michael McCormack, is a program manager at Microsoft Corporation working on the Microsoft Access development team. His team is currently working to enhance the overall usability in Access, with a personal focus on navigation, command structure (especially the ribbon) and the shell. Michael has worked at Microsoft since 2000, and prior to working as a program manager, Michael served as a software test engineer, and as a lab manager overseeing a large network. Previous projects include Microsoft Office Excel 2003.

Michael holds a Master's of Science in Information Management from the University of Washington. Prior to working at Microsoft, Michael was a Microsoft Partner designing and developing Access Databases, and Visual Basic - SQL Server client server applications as a consultant and developer.