Access

Moving data forward into Access 2013

Access 2013 is all about enabling you to build data-centric business apps on the web. Frequently, the data you care about—a customer list, a product spreadsheet, or a legacy Access database—already exists somewhere else. How can you get this data into your Access web app?  Obviously, copying each record would take a long time. That’s where data import can be a huge time saver. Doug Taylor, a Program Manager on the Access…

Outlook

A Modern, People-First Inbox in Outlook 2013

You’ve probably realized that the person at the desk next to you uses Outlook differently than you. Some folks view Outlook as a task system, others use it to collaborate on documents with public folders, and still others use it to manage other peoples’ calendars. But almost every Outlook user reads their email in Outlook. And to do it, they use the message list. Sure, we aren’t getting any points…

Visio

Sharing Diagrams with Visio Services

The new Visio offers a number of new capabilities – the modern look of the app, new themes and shapes for making professional-looking diagrams, new ways to collaborate with multiple authors and reviewers. We’ve also made it much easier to share those diagrams with your coworkers and friends – even if they don’t have Visio. That’s where Visio Services comes in. Visio Services lets you share great-looking diagrams using SharePoint…

Visio

API in the new Visio

Our previous posts have discussed some of the great end user features we’ve added to the new Visio. For developers, the new Visio supports programmatic access for many of its new features. The new Visio API contains methods that let developers change shapes and pictures, add comments, duplicate pages, and apply themes. In this blog post, we will introduce some of the new API by providing brief descriptions about the…

Visio

VSDX: the new Visio file format

Visio 2003, 2007 and 2010 all had the same primary Visio Drawing (VSD) file format. For most users, this was great: files could be shared easily between these three versions of Visio. There were, however, some drawbacks. Most notably, the primary format was binary, which limited both the information stored in the file and how easily IT professionals and developers could work with it. For the new Visio, we introduced…