The spiral of complexity and feature creep – New Yorker article

James Surowiecki has written a nice article Feature Presentation about why companies build complexity into their products and more importantly to you–why you buy into it. People want all the bells and whistles but overestimate their ability to use all the features. The challenge is to make complex things simple. The fluent UI in Office…


Driving good profits through design and customer feedback

Culture of Design In the last three years, I have seen Microsoft’s design culture shift to tackle hairy design challenges that are rooted in legacy tradition. Business Week recently acknowledged the positive changes at Microsoft in the article, The Soul of a New Microsoft. For Microsoft Office, Jensen Harris and Julie Larson-Green both had a…


Silverlight resources post by ScottGu

Scott Guthrie has a truly great post on Silverlight. You should be able to find anything you need to start ramping up–very cool, innovative technology! As a developer, it is definitely worth your time to get educated on the possiblities.

Design inspiration resources

The folks at web design from scratch have recently posted a list of their 10 favorite web site designs. The sites make up good sources of inspiration. I particularly like the IconBuffet. For about $300 you can get a great set of icons that will make your application stand out. Another source to consider is…


Hot fixes for three Access 2007 issues

I noticed the Access Junkie just posted a few links to KB articles that describe hot fixes for some blocking issues. Here are the highlights (or um, low lights): ADP PerfWhen you try to run a Microsoft Access project (.adp) in Access 2007, the project may run slowly. Or, the project may take longer than…


Hold the runtime download page

Quick update on the runtime ship date–the test team found a recall class bug in setup that will cause us to slip the schedule by a couple weeks. I will let you know if I hear anything different. Sorry for the delay.


Resume best practices revealed

Over the past 6 months, I reviewed an overwhelming number of resumes from jobseekers interested in joining my team. After a exhaustive search, we’re excited to have found a great fit for the team – Ryan from M7 Database. During the process of identifying candidates with potential, I was most surprised at how quickly jobseekers…


Security Considerations and Guidance for Access 2007 – MSDN article

There is a new article by Access MVP Garry Robinson. “Find out how you can use Access 2007 to protect the information in your databases. Learn about encrypting files, administering passwords, converting databases to the new ACCDB and ACCDE formats, and using other security options such as SQL Server. (18 printed pages)”


The runtime will ship May 15th

I just heard from Erik that the runtime will ship as a free download on May 15th! I will post a URL to the download page when it is available. Enjoy!


Microsoft shows new database technology at MIX – Information Week article

Interesting article that speculates about a potential “SQL Server Live” offering from Microsoft. “In a session called “Accessing Data Services in the Cloud,” Microsoft announced a programming model and related hosted service referred to as Project Astoria. Astoria is a set of downloadable bits built on top of a part of a Microsoft data access…