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Does anyone know if a new version of Access is due to come out anytime soon?

Thanks,

Neil
Nov 13 '05 #1
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Hi Neil,

I know the Microsoft team is hard at work on the next version, since I've had the privilege of
being on a small team of users that gets to preview new features and provide input. However, I
have not heard of any anticipated RTM (Release to Manufacturing) schedule yet.

Tom
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"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
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Does anyone know if a new version of Access is due to come out anytime soon?

Thanks,

Neil

Nov 13 '05 #2
Thanks Tom. We're using A2000 now and are considering upgrading to A2003.
Any thoughts on that, as opposed to waiting for the next version?

Neil

"Tom Wickerath" <AO************ ***********@com cast.net> wrote in message
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Hi Neil,

I know the Microsoft team is hard at work on the next version, since I've
had the privilege of
being on a small team of users that gets to preview new features and
provide input. However, I
have not heard of any anticipated RTM (Release to Manufacturing) schedule
yet.

Tom
_______________ _______________ ___

"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
news:B2******** ********@newsre ad3.news.pas.ea rthlink.net...

Does anyone know if a new version of Access is due to come out anytime
soon?

Thanks,

Neil

Nov 13 '05 #3
On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 07:46:49 GMT, "Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote:
Thanks Tom. We're using A2000 now and are considering upgrading to A2003.
Any thoughts on that, as opposed to waiting for the next version?

Neil


Access 2003 offers no compelling improvements over Access 2002(XP). If you
are using Access 2002, I would not bother upgrading right now unless you were
upgrading MS Office anyway.
Nov 13 '05 #4
I wrote we're using Access 2000, not 2002. I agree re. 2002/2003.

Neil
"Steve Jorgensen" <no****@nospam. nospam> wrote in message
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On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 07:46:49 GMT, "Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com>
wrote:
Thanks Tom. We're using A2000 now and are considering upgrading to A2003.
Any thoughts on that, as opposed to waiting for the next version?

Neil


Access 2003 offers no compelling improvements over Access 2002(XP). If
you
are using Access 2002, I would not bother upgrading right now unless you
were
upgrading MS Office anyway.

Nov 13 '05 #5

"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
news:Dn******** *******@newsrea d3.news.pas.ear thlink.net...
I wrote we're using Access 2000, not 2002. I agree re. 2002/2003.


Neil,

I haven't seen anything new and great since A97. (A2 was 16 bit and A95 was
a piece of junk.) I keep upgrading because all my customers upgrade.

I think A97 was a real breakthrough in reliability. I'm not particularly
impressed with ADO, the ASP pages or any of this newer stuff. Unless you
have a specific reason to upgrade I would suggest that you stay with what
you have.

There have been some nice incremental improvements. For example, if you
change the name of a query, and you have a report based on that query, the
report will automatically updated to reflect the changed name. That's a nice
feature -- renaming objects used to be so difficult. (There are some
drawbacks too. The name game is best avoided.)
Mike
Nov 13 '05 #6

"Mike Turco" <mi*******@yaho o-no-spam-4-me.com> wrote in message
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"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
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I wrote we're using Access 2000, not 2002. I agree re. 2002/2003.
Neil,

I haven't seen anything new and great since A97. (A2 was 16 bit and A95
was a piece of junk.) I keep upgrading because all my customers upgrade.


I agree re. A97.
I think A97 was a real breakthrough in reliability. I'm not particularly
impressed with ADO, the ASP pages or any of this newer stuff. Unless you
have a specific reason to upgrade I would suggest that you stay with what
you have.
One concern is that A2000 is now 5 years old, and MS won't support things
indefinitely. As new OS's come out, more and more the older software becomes
incompatible. We are looking to revamp our DB, so it seems a good time to
upgrade and do it in a newer version, even though, yeah, there's no real
compelling reason.

There have been some nice incremental improvements. For example, if you
change the name of a query, and you have a report based on that query, the
report will automatically updated to reflect the changed name.
I have another client who likes to fiddle around with the database, mostly
re. reports and some form formatting. He's notorious for renaming objects as
he thinks of a better name. Drives me crazy! For that reason alone, it would
be worth switching to A2003! :-)
That's a nice feature -- renaming objects used to be so difficult. (There
are some drawbacks too. The name game is best avoided.)
Name game?

Thanks,

Neil


Mike

Nov 13 '05 #7
"Mike Turco" <mi*******@yaho o-no-spam-4-me.com> wrote:
For example, if you
change the name of a query, and you have a report based on that query,
the report will automatically updated to reflect the changed name.
That's a nice feature -- renaming objects used to be so difficult.


This in itself is problematic. Have a look at this:

<http://members.iinet.n et.au/~allenbrowne/ser-48.html>

Regards,
Keith.
www.keithwilby.com
Nov 13 '05 #8
Mike Turco wrote:
"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
news:Dn******** *******@newsrea d3.news.pas.ear thlink.net...
I wrote we're using Access 2000, not 2002. I agree re. 2002/2003.

Neil,

I haven't seen anything new and great since A97. (A2 was 16 bit and A95 was
a piece of junk.) I keep upgrading because all my customers upgrade.

I think A97 was a real breakthrough in reliability. I'm not particularly
impressed with ADO, the ASP pages or any of this newer stuff. Unless you
have a specific reason to upgrade I would suggest that you stay with what
you have.

There have been some nice incremental improvements. For example, if you
change the name of a query, and you have a report based on that query, the
report will automatically updated to reflect the changed name. That's a nice
feature -- renaming objects used to be so difficult. (There are some
drawbacks too. The name game is best avoided.)


The dreaded Name Autocorrect feature, would be nice if it weren't so bug
ridden.

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Nov 13 '05 #9
I'm currently using Access 2002, and have decided to skip the current version. In my case, the
cost of updating all of my add-ins (FMS Total Ultimate Suite and SpeedFerret) is significant, so
I need a better reason than just small incremental upgrades. If you go for either 2003 or the
version that follows, be prepared to deal with the new macro security warning message, or to just
set your security warning to low.

Access 2003 offers improved XML capabilities over the previous version, if you want to use XML.

From your later post:
"I have another client who likes to fiddle around with the database, mostly re. reports and some
form formatting. He's notorious for renaming objects as he thinks of a better name. Drives me
crazy! For that reason alone, it would be worth switching to A2003! :-)"

Actually, you've already got this MIS-feature in Access 2000. It is the so-called Name
Autocorrect. The person who followed this post provided an excellent link to Allen Browne's paper
on Name Autocorrect woes. Perhaps it would be easier if your work group established a set of
naming conventions that everyone would adhere to.

Tom
_______________ _______________

"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
news:J9******** ********@newsre ad3.news.pas.ea rthlink.net...
Thanks Tom. We're using A2000 now and are considering upgrading to A2003.
Any thoughts on that, as opposed to waiting for the next version?

Neil
_______________ _______________

"Tom Wickerath" <AO************ ***********@com cast.net> wrote in message
news:9p******** ************@co mcast.com...
Hi Neil,

I know the Microsoft team is hard at work on the next version, since I've
had the privilege of
being on a small team of users that gets to preview new features and
provide input. However, I
have not heard of any anticipated RTM (Release to Manufacturing) schedule
yet.

Tom
_______________ _______________ ___

"Neil Ginsberg" <nr*@nrgconsult .com> wrote in message
news:B2******** ********@newsre ad3.news.pas.ea rthlink.net...

Does anyone know if a new version of Access is due to come out anytime
soon?

Thanks,

Neil


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