Benefits of using Microsoft Access 2007

Our take on Access 2007 - looking back from several versions on - is that it is not one you should want to stay on. It was the first version with the ribbons rather than the old menus, and consequently it is slow and lumbering. This is in contrast to its predecessor, Access 2003, which is nimble and stable but now no longer supported and encounters issues in the latest version of Windows.

So, whilst we rarely suggest upgrades for the sake of it, if you are still using Office 2007 and in particular Access 2007 we do recommend that you upgrade. The pain will be minimal since the changes since then have been incremental and small, but the gain should be good.

Meanwhile, below is the officlal list of the new features that Microsoft Office Access 2007 brought us.

Here are some of the ways Office Access 2007 can help you (as taken from the Microsoft website).

1. Get better results faster with the Office Fluent user interface.

The 2007 version provides a completely new experience with the Office Fluent user interface, new navigation pane, and tabbed window views. Even with no database experience, any user can start tracking information and creating reports to make more informed decisions.

2. Get started quickly using prebuilt solutions.

With a rich library of prebuilt solutions, you can start tracking your information immediately. Forms and reports are already built for your convenience, but you can easily customize them to meet your business needs. Contacts, issue tracking, project tracking, and asset tracking are only few of the out-of-the-box solutions included in Office Access 2007.

3. Enjoy new field types for even richer scenarios.

This new version enables new field types such as attachments and multivalued fields. You can now attach any document, image, or spreadsheet to any record in your application. With the multivalued field, you can now select more than one value (for example, assign a task to more than one person) in each cell.

4. Collect and update your information directly from the source.

With 2007, you can create forms using Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 or HTML to gather information for your database. You can then send this form to your teammates via e-mail and use their responses to populate and update your Access table to eliminate the need to retype any information.

5. Share your information with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services.

Share your Access information with the rest of your team using Windows SharePoint Services and Office Access 2007. With the power of both applications, your teammates can access and edit the data and view real-time reports directly through a Web interface.

6. Track Windows SharePoint Services lists with the rich client capabilities of Office Access 2007.

Use Access 2007 as your rich client interface to analyse and create reports from Windows SharePoint Services lists. You can even take the list offline, and then synchronise any changes when you reconnect to the network, making it easy for you to work with your data at any time.

7. Move data to Windows SharePoint Services for better manageability.

Make your data more transparent by moving it to Windows SharePoint Services. This way, you can routinely back up the data on the server, recover deleted data from the recycle bin, track revision history, and set access permissions, so you can better manage your information.

8. Access and use information from multiple sources.

With Office Access 2007, you can link tables to your database from other Access databases, Excel spreadsheets, Windows SharePoint Services sites, ODBC data sources, Microsoft SQL Server databases, and other data sources. You can then use these linked tables to easily create reports so you can base your decisions on a more comprehensive set of information.

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