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The Access team is proud to introduce the Access 2013 public preview, which will make it easier than ever for everyday people to organize the data in their lives and businesses using Access apps. On this blog, you'll be able to learn about the improvements included in this new release.
Access has always been a great tool to help you organize and run a small business or a team. This release focuses on bringing Access databases to the web, making them more useful than ever. Your database can be hosted by Microsoft through Office 365 and securely accessed from any tablet or computer—even if the device doesn't have Access installed.
Getting started is easier, too, taking just 60 seconds to get your first Access app up and running. With little or no additional effort, you'll end up with a finished app that is both functional and beautiful—automatically—thanks to an enhanced user interface. Finally, we've made some big improvements under the covers to make your apps faster and more extensible. Your data is now stored in a full-fledged SQL Server database. When Microsoft hosts your database in the cloud, we'll use SQL Azure; when you host it yourself on your network, you can use SQL Server 2012. Advanced users will love the fact that they can directly connect to SQL Server with familiar tools for powerful analysis and integration.
Here's a peek of some of the things we'll be talking about:
If your Office 365 plan includes SharePoint, you can host Access 2013 databases with no extra setup required. Microsoft will make sure your data is secure, backed-up, and available, so that you can focus on getting things done. You can try it out by signing up for a preview of Office 365 Small Business Premium or Office 365 Enterprise. Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, you’ll be able to harness the power of Access 2013 in the cloud simply and easily. Of course, companies also have the option of hosting databases themselves by installing SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server 2012 on their own network.
Search from a library of table templates to help you track the people, things, events, or tasks that you care about. Each table template comes with fields, views, relationships, and data-integrity rules, so you can take advantage of all the great features of Access 2013 with a single click. It’s easy to combine different table templates into a single app or tweak an existing table by adding or removing fields. You’ll get to spend your time customizing your database to meet your unique needs instead of worrying about repetitive details.
Whether you use table templates, import existing data, or define your own schema from scratch, Access 2013 will provide your database with a great user interface automatically. Without any effort on your part, Access will generate views for your data, including a searchable list view and an Excel-like datasheet. Buttons to navigate between your views and tables come for free, too. If you have related data—like Invoices and Line Items—Access will automatically create views that show these items together, allowing you to drill-through to get more details. Of course, everything is still customizable, but now you can focus on what's unique about your app.
Access 2013 web databases work great with SharePoint 2013, which has been enhanced in this release with apps for SharePoint. Because an Access app is just like any other SharePoint app, it’s easy to deploy, manage, and share securely. There are no additional passwords or logins to juggle because security is controlled through the same infrastructure. Users can discover and share Access apps through the public SharePoint App Store or a private App Catalogue. Installing an app takes just a few clicks. Corporate IT can control everything centrally using familiar SharePoint tools. Best of all, anyone with a web browser and an internet connection can use your app, even if he doesn't have Access installed on his device.
One of the biggest improvements in Access 2013 is one you may not even notice—except that you're whole app will be faster, more reliable, and work great with large amounts of data. When Access databases are published to SharePoint—whether on-premise or through Office 365—a full-fledged SQL Server database is automatically created to store the data. Advanced users who are already familiar with SQL Server will be able to directly connect to this database for advanced reporting and analysis with familiar tools such as Excel, Power View, and Crystal Reports. Everyday users can rest assured that their apps are ready for the future if they ever need to enhance them with advanced integrations or migrations. Check out the Access 2013 developer center for more details.
We're looking forward to introducing you to what's amazing and new about Access 2013. Stay tuned!
Will the Access 2013 database size limit be larger than 2 GB?
Looking forward to the new features of Access 2013 - really like the new polished, professional user interface. Just hoping that the database size limit will be larger too.
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I created an Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview account, added this to the Accounts list so it shows up in the Available Locations when trying to create a new Access 2013 web app (tried custom, Asset Tracking, Contacts, Issue Tracking) and get errors trying either of the two available locations that show up (SkyDrive or Team site). Does this only work with Enterprise?
I can't get any of the Beta downloads to work - either the normal DL or the MSI download.
All I get once I enter the info and click to go to the downlaod page is a group of circling green dots and nothing else ever happens. Is it the DL site or my login/account that's messed up?
This would be very great :) We are a buinsess solution devloper company.
1. Did you fix old bugs from previous versions of Access?
2. A2007 was not fully compatible with previous versions of Access. Is A2013 fully compatible with A2007?
3. Can I use A2013 with Team Foundation Server 2010?
4. A2007 & TFS2010 produce too many bugs. Does A2013 treat complex queries correctly? Especially in connection with TFS.
5. A2007 is unbelievably slow under TFS 2010. Did you improve A2013 performance?
6. Are there any enhancements in the old fashioned SQL-editor? Well, in fact, there's no SQL-editor in previous versions of Access. It's just a simple ASCII editor. :-( 7. Is database size limit > 2GB in A2013?
8. Did you enhance PDW in A2013?
9. Does new PDW correctly treat ActiveX?
10. Does new PDW correctly treat nested folders?
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Will access be included in the suite for mac users? Why doesn't Microsoft think mac users need access?
So are there any other significant changes to Access beyond the back-end upgrades?
It's good to hear that the database will bigger given that it will use SQL-Server as the back end database. I use a lot of data for payroll analysis and I usually have back end database using Access but the 2GB limit have short live that. This is good news but on the other hand I would have to learn SQL-Server. I guess trade off is not bad considering the big gain....Looking forward for this.....I have been requesting the database about the database size limit since 2000.
There are ton of improvements besides to the front-end, too. We'll be diving into these in future posts. A few of the big items were mentioned in the post: (1) Access now takes care of lots of repetitive design tasks for you. It handles navigation between views, search, and the initial creation of list and datasheet views (2) table templates make it really easy to get started quickly.
There is no change in the size limits of desktop databases. Desktop databases are the ones that you can create using older versions that store the data on your computer in .mdb or .accdb files.
For 2013 Web Databases--the ones that are hosted on the web through SharePoint and SQL Server--there are different constraints depending on what your setup is:
1. If you deploy SharePoint 2013 and SQL 2012 to your own corporate network, databases can be (practically) as large as you'd like. You're limited only by the technical and performance constraints of SQL Server and whatever hardware you have.
2. If your databases are hosted in the cloud through Office365, there is (for now) a 1 GB cap.
We'll be covering more details about how to deal with large databases in future posts.
Access 2013 Web Databases should work with both the Enterprise and Small Business Premium preview accounts on Office 365. If you're having trouble with the default publish locations, one thing to try might be to copy the URL of your SharePoint Team Site site into the "Web Location" field in Access 2013. That URL will look something like this:
If you're using a Small Business Premium preview account, you can find your own site's URL by going to "Sites" in the blue navigation bar, then clicking "Team Site."
We'll be covering all the details about how to get started quickly in a future post.
One of the great things about Access 2013 Web Databases is that they can be used on any platform -- mac or windows.
The Access 2013 client software, which only available on windows, is necessary to design and customize your Access 2013 web database. However, a web browser (Mac or Windows) is all you need to use a database that has already been designed. So if you're a business that has some Mac computers, there are two ways to take advantage of web databases:
1. If you have at least one windows PC, use this computer to do the design/customization work. The Macs will still be able to use the resulting database to enter and view data.
2. Download pre-built template databases from the SharePoint App Store. If someone has already created a database for what you want to track, you can use it on any platform without even touching the Access 2013 client software.