Denver Area Access Users Group

General Meeting Presentation

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Overview of Microsoft Office Access 2007 from a Developer Perspective

Michael McCormack

NOTE: This month we have something different and unexpected for the presentation. We were able to get one of the Access Product Managers from Microsoft Redmond to talk to us this month, via Live Meeting about Access 2007.

Access 2007 provides developers with the ability to build much richer databases much more quickly. This session discusses new functionality for building client databases, and covers Access's new designers, new coding tools, the ability to create custom task panes, collecting data through email, and customizing the ribbon UI. In addition, we show the out-of-the-box "tracking applications" that will ship with Access 2007, and show some of the tools used to build those apps and that will ship in the Access Developer Extensions.

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.