Global practice of changing defaults to New and "Improved" features
Microsoft has this extremely annoying practice of changing a feature and making it the new default. For example I personally do NOT like tabbed documents. I recognize other people like it. Who decides the tabbed document protocol is "better" (it is not!) and very annoyingly making it the default. This is just one example. Many others should come to mind.
Please understand some of us have been using Access for a very long time. When I open a new version, my first pulse pounding moments are filled with, "Oh God! What has the Access team "improved" now? Until I find the antidote to such "improvements" I become instantly illiterate in a chunk of Access I knew so well.
I hope the subscription model - explicitly: one where MS chooses what updates occur and pushes it through without warning - is limited to Office 365. I hope we can still buy and install Office 20xx as a package where we as consultants and programmers control the versioning. If not, I can just see the cost of maintenance (from the client's point of view) go up significantly. And we, outside of Microsoft, will look like monsters milking the client to fix problems we did not create and not created by the client.
Kent Gorrell commented
In the past a new release had three years worth of changes and it was difficult to communitate them all.
Now the we have a subscription model where new features can be released at any time rather than waiting for a major release,
The Access Development Team should now have a site where you can view release notes, install the new version and Explicitly turn on new features after having read and understood their effect.
Anders Ebro (TheSmileyCoder) commented
OK, I see your point more clearly now.
I still choose to disagree. I think its a good way of discovering new items being added. Yes, it can also be really annoying, e.g. when forms started to open in layout view as default. I am not arguing that. However they DID leave in the old design view, and the choice to have windowed forms.
But in most cases it make sense (to me anyways), to change the default to the new feature. If they hadn't changed the default form design, I would probably still be making forms with the Access 2000 look.
Frank Rotolo commented
@KVD, I love macros, tabbed docs, and Jensen Harris' ribbon! <JK>.. I sympathize with you and others like me who feel MS hasn't listened to users feedback before deciding on adding, changing and deprecating features. It's like "Here, eat this, it's good for you. If you don't want to eat it, you'll starve".
I'm hoping that with all of MS' upper management changes and a virtually new Access team, who at our request created this user voice forum, that they will seek our advice and feedback prior to implemented future changes.
This point is NOT about tabbed documents. If you like them, knock yourself out. Please note I originally used it as an example only. My complaint is more serious and goes deeper. It is about MS practice of introducing some new feature and forcing it to be the default. This is disconcerting to put it mildly. Perhaps another example would help. When we use a wizard, I expect code. Specifically, when I install a combo box as a finder on a form I want it to provide VB code - not a macro. (There has been a study drumbeat of shoving as much as possible into the macro world. Why? If there is a good reason, tell us.)
Can I write the code manually for a finder on a form? Most of us can - in our sleep, even. Of course if you are thinking why don't you write it then, we are losing the point again. If I write my own code for every wizard then why bother offering wizards?
Pretty please, do not comment back and say you like macros. That is not the point, I am making. Please look at the bigger picture.
Anders Ebro (TheSmileyCoder) commented
I don't write this just for arguments sake, but more to give another perspective
I LOVE tabbed documents. Use it all the time. And you have the option of turning it off. I believe that existing databases brought forward are windowed (i.e. original style) by default.
I totally agree. I am NOT a fan of tab documents either.