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If you've been hearing about the Office 365 Beta that was announced today, Channel 9 has posted an interview with Business Online Services Director John Betz (recorded back on the 11th) in which he demonstrates the new offering. If you click on the video timeline at about 15:20, there's a short demo of how Access Services and Access 2010 web databases figure into the mix.
Office 365 (formerly known as BPOS or Union) brings Office desktop software, Office Web Apps, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync together in the cloud for the first time.
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This is really fantastic news the way I am reading this. This looks to be a path for Access web services at a very reasonable cost. This will instantly will open up Access Web for the small business market. I not crunched the numbers yet, but this has the potential to really open up doors for access web in a good number of smaller environments. This is great news for access, and is a key move for the product. Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
I agree with Albert, this is a very promising scenario for Access 2010 apps to deploy to Office 365. I'm still wondering about other capabilities, like reports (using SSRS), anonymous (public) access, etc. But this is a big step in the right direction! Armen Stein
J Street Technology, Inc.
I agree - this could be a good thing in many ways. Access Services is really great for some purposes, but constrained in other ways. IE it needs work, and what we have now is a good start. We can hope that by including Access Services in Office365 it means Access Services will continue to improve, and will not just fall by the wayside.
I am very interested in this development also! I am wondering about whether this will make Access/Sharepoint hybrid web apps available vie spartphone/iPhone clients too...
I am wondering about whether this will make Access/Sharepoint hybrid web apps available vie spartphone/iPhone clients too... ==== I am currently testing some Access Web applications on an iPad right now and they work just fine. In fact, they render perfect. Trust me, it is REALLY strange to see my Access application running on my iPad. So, Access Web can be consumed by iPad or your smartphone now. The problem here was that smaller business typically and often use Access is often the same business that does not have nor can afford SharePoint. So, one big part of the picture and puzzle that was preventing many access developers from using Access Web Services was this tight marriage of having to use SharePoint and its cost. With Office 365, this marriage and requirement is really very much broken. I don't care about the fact that Office 365 is under the covers is really very much based on the SharePoint technology. However, I do care about having Access Web Services as an option for Office 365. At the end of the day Office 365 is being sold and marketed to small business that need some cloud stuff and they are not necessary are shopping for SharePoint. Office 365 is great news for small business. However, the fact that Access Web services is coming to Office 365? Well, I can hardly contain my excitement here. This represents a fantastic move for Adoption of Access Web Services into the SAME small business market where Access traditional is now a great choice. This part has me excited and this is a new road and choice for us developers. This means we have a road into the cloud and one of those roads is via Access. How cool is that? Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP) Edmonton, Alberta Canada email@example.com
With “Access” to the cloud! (or on iPad, Android?!) I dont understand why Microsoft is following the Google line, to put everything in the browser. So Microsoft lost the initiative from the hands and strengthens even the Google approach! But most of all, MS loses also the advantage that there is (still) thousands of programs exclusively on MS technology. Is that strategically, right? Why everything in the browser? There are more beautiful options such as TerminalServer (TS) or simple RDP - even with nice advantages. This would allow Microsoft to make a "SkyPC” or better a "CloudPC" as an offer. A virtual windows machine on which I can access with TS/RDP from any device on my data and Applications! The device can then also be on Linux, Android, iPhone, or a iPad (Access2010 App on the iPad > pics at: translate.google.de/translate - works great) One Solution for really all platforms! In this case, I can concentrate 100% of my resources of developing on Microsoft products and all is almost automatically in the Cloud. TS/RDP is of course today possible, but compared to i.e. GoogleDocs is it far too complicated and, unfortunately, too expensive. Microsoft brings the "CloudPC" a wealth of benefits. And for software companies that would be a clear strengthening of market position against WebSolutions. And for the Customers, anyway, a terminal server solution is the better choice.. Of course, all is not as simple as outlined here. But to send a rocket to the moon is also not easy - but we can. So … "Yes we can!" Microsoft, give us a CloudPC!
Get at me.. Since ur love getting tread it like a ***!!! I'm going pay top dollars..
Very interesting, I have just written some Access Training tips about the new features in Microsoft Access 2010, I thought you might find this interesting and maybe be able to add a few of your own?