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  1. Give us LARGER DATABASES

    The 2GB file size limit is becoming more of a problem. Given the current size limits on filesystems, and the increasing use of larger and larger datasets, this size limit is beginning to cramp the style of Access Developers and customers alike. SQL Server's local file store supported 10GB file sizes - why not make Access do the same?

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  2. Publish A Developers Roadmap for MS-Access Desktop and Web.

    Give us some CONCRETE plans to hang our hats on for the future path MS-Access is intended to take. We need this sort of roadmap from Microsfot to help us PUSH BACK against the IT and other technologies trying their best to PUSH MS-Access OUT of the picture entirely!

    It would be REALLY GREAT to have MS's Mighty Marketing Management Machine actually step up to the plate and:
    1) understand this tool and where it fits into the overall IT/Business picture (something they plainly fail to comprehend now)
    2) Actually Market and support their own damned product! (when's the last…

    35 votes
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    We understand the need for a public roadmap, and thank you for calling it out again.

    I’m updating the status to No Current Plan so that all supporters can get their votes back and use them wisely :-)

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  3. 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…

    38 votes
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    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.

    Thanks!

  4. Conditional Formatting for Buttons, Option Frames, and more Control Types

    If would be nice to have Conditional Formatting for Buttons, Option Frames, and more Control Types. For instance, disable something if something else is null ~

    On Rectangles, Lines, and other controls that cannot be bound, it would also be nice to allow conditional formatting based on expressions.

    thank you

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  5. Add the facilities and features of Power Query and Power Pivot to Access as an add-in module

    Power Query is supercharged with Extract, Transform, Load features. The Access Import features are getting way old.

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    Thanks Amanda for suggesting.
    We are reviewing similar requests (for example https://access.uservoice.com/forums/319956-access-desktop-application/suggestions/11156427-include-the-ability-to-connect-to-new-data-sources).
    However, it will be valuable to understand which new data sources and functionalities are appealing (in the other suggestion/new specific suggestion).

    I’m updating the status to ‘no Current Plan’ so that you can reuse your votes.

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  6. If you are not going to be fully committed to developing and improving Access- Make it Open Source

    A least bring in the top developers to have a serious discussion the Many issues with Access.

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  7. 3 votes
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    Thanks for reporting.
    We will add this bug report to our backlog and see that it is prioritized and handled.
    In the meantime, I’m updating the status for ‘No Current Plan’ so that you use your votes again.

    Thanks,
    Michal [MSFT]

  8. 6 votes
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  9. ODBC drivers to handle more dates and bigint correctly.

    Momentarily you have for SQL Server 2 drivers the good one, which is idiotically depreciated and the slower ODBC one, which is "the future" If using the old one bigint, datetime2 datetimeoffset date and time are "TEXT" ODBC converts 2 more datetime2 and date but the rest still is "TEXT" - why ?

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