317 votesMicrosoft Access Product Team responded
Thank you for your feedback.
In terms of setting SQL Server as the default database format, that is currently not in scope for the Access product. We have provided and will continue to provide efficient methods to integrate your Access data with SQL server, and the team will continue to develop more features that streamline the data migration experience (see https://support.office.com/en-us/article/migrate-an-access-database-to-sql-server-7bac0438-498a-4f53-b17b-cc22fc42c979)
However, the ACE database engine has and will continue to be Access’s central data storage unit.
There are new features coming soon that will improve the Access: SQL experience, and we are excited to share this news. Please stay tuned! :)
An error occurred while saving the commentKarsten commented
Please do not bundle the installation of SQL Server whatever edition to Access. This only makes (limited) sense in a desktop scenario. But it's a complete overkill in a multiuser scenario where a lot of people uses an Access frontend to access a central (SQL/whatever) Server.
But a better integration would be nice.