Millions of Access template downloads, 5 new free databases

Can you believe, 3.5 million Access templates were downloaded from Office Online over the last 12 months?! This includes nearly 1 million Access 2007 and over 2.5 million Access 2000-2003 templates.Quite an uptake for such a new release. To capitalize on its popularity, we are back to work building new databases and polishing what was…


Access 2007 conference and Disneyland – what a combination!

The Advisor team is putting on a Access 2007 content packed conference in Anaheim, California on May 6th – 10th. Erik, Tim, and Mor from the team will be present the latest about development and seek your feedback. This is a great opportunity to tell them what you love and hate about the new version and make…


Two Access 2007 chapters from MS Learning books

There are a couple new chapters published on Office Online.   6 Key Considerations When Creating Access 2007 Databases (excerpt from Step by Step: Microsoft Office Access 2007) Design Great Looking Forms Using Access 2007 (excerpt from Plain & Simple: Microsoft Office Access 2007)


Show your best work as a best practice in a Microsoft Case study

The marketing team is always looking for examples of people realizing their potential through best practices with Office System software. When we find people with best practices we write about it at For you as a developer, it gets high visibility with the potential of getting more business thanks to this free advertisement. Your…


How to improve the visuals of Access applications

I’m interested in what limitations you have experienced in trying to make your Access application look more modern. What are the limitations of Access forms and reports that keep you from creating applications that look like Web 2.0 apps? Some of the things I was thinking about include: MouseIn and MouseOut events The ability to…


Link to Access 2007 KB articles and solution center

Janet (the Access team support contact) just forward me a great page that has links to the top support issues for installing and using Access 2007. If you haven’t seen this page before (and I hadn’t) it is very helpful. Definitely something to book mark.


How to pull in Amazon web service data into Access 2007

Today’s guest writer is Ric Lewis. Several weeks ago he started a general discussion about web services which turned out to be a popular post. This week he is providing the details of the books sample database. It would be sweet if someone takes this project and details it out a bit further. For example, you…


Where is it? Navigating Office ribbon commands

The marketing team has produced three great tools for helping you find commands in the ribbon for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Click on the Start the Guide link to launch the interactive tools. These tools visually show you how to find commands from the previous version to the new ribbon. Here are the links: Word,…


Adds/cuts uncovered: The making of a new release

This is a fun time to work at Microsoft and particularly Office. One of the biggest benefits of working in Office is the opportunity to interact with some of the most experienced and proficient software talent in the world. Internal at Microsoft, the Office development process and its leadership are held in high regard. The company…


Submit your own community template!

I recently stumbled across some interesting work done by our Office Online team. They allow YOU to submit non-code Word, Excel, and PowerPoint templates to Office Online. Here are some samples of templates submitted by the community: The process is relatively simple and straight-forward. You just need the courage to share your work,…