I worked this weekend to prepare for a presentation this week at the Dallas SharePoint TechFest, “Access Services 2013 – Not Your Father’s Access!” I am covering the new features of Access 2013 as an app designer for SharePoint 2013. While presenting on Access, I frequently say that while Access has changed drastically, Access remains familiar because key parts of the UI have barely changed since 1993. As proof, I installed Windows XP and Access 2.0 and took some screen shots for comparison.
Creating a table:
Creating a query:
Even the wizards to create tables have pretty much the same elements as they did back in Access 2.0 with the ability to choose from out of box templates.
The thing that is drastically different is the ability for end users to use Access 2013 with Access Services 2013 to create apps for SharePoint 2013. That’s the part that I am very excited about because it provides the ability for end users to create composite applications without requiring developers. Looking forward to speaking at the event!