Bring menus back as an option. The story I heard was that MS Access had to go the way of other Office applications. The example was that Word had over 1,400 menu options and most of the tech support calls were to help people find the right menu item. Access is different. Most MS Access application have a limited set of menu options so the need for the Ribbon interface is overkill.
Jf Ruiz commented
I find the ribbon to be very usefull and flexible, but as you say, sometimes it is a real overkill, using a valuable portion of the windows for nothing.
I also understand the movements made by MS to promote the use of ribbon, hidding custom menus in a special tab. But I think that is not necessary anymore and that maybe it is time to reintroduce support to custom menus outside of the ribbon, allowing the huge existing number of old fashion access aplications to run in newer versions.
I really don't understand why a feature like that could be suppresed.. Whats the gain?
Merle Nicholson commented
There's a lot of confusion that menus vs ribbon is an either/or situation; one against the other, and that's not the case. I use the ribbon interface for development, and it's fine for that - at least it's not a big detriment.
But I have built a long standing professional practice of providing desktop applications that look like Windows applications - and not Access applications. With A2003, I could completely hide that Access was used, and yet use all of the power and flexibility of Access. Sad to say, but I have commercial applications still in active use using A2003 RT. Most are MDI with menus, something that cannot be duplicated with later versions of Access.
This is made so very difficult because controlling the Nav, horrible MDI support and tabs are so difficult to control when the objective is to create a Windows application.
I don't want to get rid of ribbon and tabbed interfaces. I need the support for menus reinstated. Creating, editing and presentation.
Originally when the Ribbon was introduced in A2007, I seriously wanted the legacy menu bars to come back. But fast forward to today's world, I find the (custom) Ribbon paradigm superior to the legacy menu bars in every respect, from functionality to cosmetic appeal. So I let the notion of bringing back the legacy menus (which seems not likely to happen) quite a long time ago.