So today Microsoft announced their “Office 365” Suite of “Cloud” offerings. Previously known as BPOS (a name which I REALLY hated) it will soon include the option to “subscribe” to Office Professional as part of the deal.
Note that I said “Professional” – that means Access !!!
So if anyone decides to involve themselves in Office 365 for the Exchange, SharePoint, LiveMeeting and Communicator/Link products, they will likely want Office as well. It won’t take long for companies to realize that they should provide the Desktop Office offering for their users, at least for now, because they will probably find that the Office Web products are going to continue to be under-capable and there would be no off-line story there either. So if they go for Office 365 with Client-side Office 2010 they WILL get Access.
Also, and perhaps most importantly for Access devs, is the fact that Access Services is included with the SharePoint subscription available with Office 365. No problems building a justification for Access Services with your SharePoint Managers – it’s included !!
Very cool and improves the prospects for development of departmental Access apps with the new features of Access 2010 IMHO !