Last Update: 2018 - 06 - 02
News about Access 2019 and Office 2019
The new Office 2019 is approaching. On this page, I’ll try to aggregate the news about the next Office release and particularly about Access 2019.
Announced at Ignite
Office 2019 was first announced in September 2017 at the Ignite conference. Considering the pretty consistent 3-year release cycle of the previous office versions, the still very vague release date for Office 2019 of 2nd half of 2018 was not really much of a revelation.
New features were mentioned for Excel (new formulas and charts), Power Point (Morph and Zoom animation features) and improved ink in general. – Nothing was mentioned about Access 2019.
Additional news, February 1st, 2018
Recently, on February first, there were some additional details revealed on the Technet Blog.
The most interesting details thereof is that Office 2019 will be only supported on Windows 10. Many tech news websites wrote that it will run only on Windows 10. I, however, think, that remains to be seen. In the recent past, Microsoft released a couple of new product versions with similar restrictions that still run rock-solid on non-supported operating systems. - That does not make any difference when your corporate IT rules require vendor support for all used software.
There is no information about any new features in Access 2019 publicly available yet. – Access was actually not mentioned at all in any of the announcements.
I personally do not expect many new features in Access 2019 compared to Access 2016 with the latest updates from the Office 365 update channel applied.
Access 2016 received more new features through the updates released after it’s original RTM than there were in that initial release. I expect this to be similar with Access 2019.
Update 2018-02-27 - PowerPoint Morph
During the Microsoft Tech Summit, Feb 21st & 22nd 2018 in Frankfurt, I witnessed the new Morph animation in PowerPoint in action. It is a transition between slides visually transforming (morphing) the current slide into the next slide. It looks very impressive if you have got recurring visual elements in your slides that are shown from different angles or perspectives on the two slides.
It’s nice, but it’s only a new transition between slides, nothing fundamentally new. The Morph transition was just rolled out as an update to PowerPoint 2016 (as part of Office 365) already.
I guess, this is another indicator for Office 2019 not being a massive new release but rather a marketing friendly label, rather arbitrarily applied to Office 2016 at some time, to sell it as a new product with actually very little new features in it.
2018-03-20 - New Access Features on the Horizon
Karl Donaubauer just announced that the Access Team at Redmond will prepare an exclusive video to be released at the Access DevCon developer conference in early April 2018. This video will show some new features planned for future releases of Access as well as some being actively worked on.
While this does not void my theory that there will be only very few new features in the next “boxed” version of Access, it at least indicates that there will be some. - Good news!
2018-04-16 - “Modern Charts” and other new Features in Access 2019
I attended Access DevCon 2018 developer conference in Vienna last weekend. Unfortunately, no Microsoft employee could make it to the conference this year. Still, there were some significant news revealed.
Karl Donaubauer opened the conference with a summary of the recent news about Access. A major part of his presentation was a video recorded by members of the Access Team in Redmond to be exclusively screened at this conference.
Regarding new features, the Access Team showed a demo of a new Charting control, called “Modern Charts”, built into Microsoft Access. The improvements over the currently “bolted-on” MSGraph Chart control in Access 2013 and 2016 are a much more modern look and feel as well as easier usability for the developer.
Additional Takeaways Regarding “Modern Charts”
This certainly is a pretty major new feature and data visualization is an important part in many database applications. However, I am unsure if the effort on this area, where there was somewhat decent functionality available before, is spent most wisely.
Other features that were mentioned were a new Data Connector to Salesforce and a new Connector to Microsoft Dynamics. These are available already in a recent update (Version 1708) to Access 2016 in Office 365 and they will be part of Access 2019. Both connectors allow you to import data as well as link to tables from the source-system.
There are more new features currently being worked on in Redmond, but they are not in a state to be announced or even publicly demoed, yet.
More news will be added
I will update this page with additional information, particularly about Access 2019, as soon as it becomes available. I will definitely install the preview of Access 2019 for a test-drive once I get can get hold of it.
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