Please do a better job of marketing Access!
Many O365 blurbs and Microsoft announcements do not mention Access Desktop or Web products, Several users even think that Access is no longer a part of MS-Office.
Access Desktop's strength is its ability to work with a wide range of data and tight integration with other Office components. One of the negative perceptions is that it's only a desktop app, but hooked up to SQL Azure, or any other remote DB, and properly optimized for web traffic, it can be truly cloud enabled, while retaining the advantage of
a rich desktop client that can interact with other Office components.
Some people may see deployment issues with a desktop app, but this isn't really a problem. Stick a master copy of the Access Desktop Front End on a network share, or cloud folder, run a shortcut that copies the master copy to a local folder, and users will always have the latest fresh version.
Dislike for Access is more a symptom of failure to get Windows on more devices than failings in Access itself. Access can run very nicely on a Windows tablet, but Android and iOS devices currently dominate the tablet and smartphone market, thus possibly clouding the perception of Access, since it is so tied to Windows.
Users want the rich VBA client functionality that Access Desktop provides, whereas the web database functionality can be done with a range of other tools.
Turn it around the other way, and use Access as a tool to quickly build rich client apps, and it could actually be a great selling point for Windows based devices!
Thanks Frank for sharing your thoughts and suggestions around this important topic.
I’ve noted the info and shared with relevant folks on the team.
For now, I’ll update the status to “No Current Plan” just so you can all get your votes back.
with that – if you feel that there are key ways to make Access more appealing (like enabling it to run on multiple platforms) – please create a new suggestions for them and let people vote on them.