Chapter 2. New Features


  • Access's new look

  • Features and enhancements for developers

  • What's new in forms

  • UI macros and Data macros

  • Publishing to the Web with SharePoint

  • Tools for Web applications

  • Deprecated features

Access 2010 provides the most revolutionary changes to Access, arguably since Access was first released. Taking a giant step forward, it now offers you the capability to provide Web applications that rely on the Internet browser rather than requiring the user to have Access installed. These features can be combined with rich client applications to create robust hybrid solutions.

Access 2010 is built on the same platform as Access 2007, so you may be familiar with many of the features that provide a user interface that is functional and intuitive. The interactive display of commands and options is based on where you are in the interface, but you still retain control with the capability to resize, hide, and customize the display.

Most of the new features will be discussed in more detail in the chapters that follow, so this chapter will only briefly introduce those features to provide you with a quick overview. If you are migrating to Access 2010 directly from Access 2003 or older, you will appreciate the discussion about some of the 2007 new features that we've included in this chapter's download on


You will immediately notice one change when you open Access and look at the first screen. Among the options, you can open a blank database or choose ...

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