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! :)
The Access team is adjusting our status for this request – we are planning to embed the Monaco Editor (support for SQL Editor improvements) into Access, to be released within the next semester (first half of 2021), which will provide capabilities such as syntax highlighting, IntelliSense, SQL comments, and more. We are excited to have this capability released by next year, and we appreciate the energy and enthusiasm on this feature request. We still have a long ways to go to improve our experience with SQL, so please stay tuned as we execute on this objective!
-Access Product Team
An error occurred while saving the commentMark Hammer commented
If I were Microsoft and didn't want to spend any time on making the SQL editor reasonably usable (which doesn't make any sense), then make an offer to FieldEffect LLC for their Access SQL Editor plug-in, and make it a standard part of Microsoft Access. It does formatting and syntax coloring, and the only basic thing missing is a way to change the background color and text colors.