I know that this is supposed to be a Data-Centric Excel blog but at one time it included Microsoft Access. I have been completely spent pissing about the way Microsoft is sending Access Client (soon into maintenance I assume – really).
But just today I stumbled on something I just could not leave without sharing .. and that is a post on the “Office Dev Center” site (which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one) .. while looking around for tools to upsize Access files to SQL Server inside a VM that only has Office 2013 Pro installed. Microsoft dropped the Upsizing Wizard in Access 2013 because they decided to drop ADPs (which were a great example of a great technology that Microsoft quickly abandoned because it would have taken some effort to promote it) and the Upsizing Wizard apparently shared some code with ADPs.
I remember going all the way to Australia and doing a presentation on DAPs and one on ADPs, both well received and both gone … 😦 .. unbelievable.
Sure I know how to move from Access to SQL Server other ways (SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access) but I was wondering if there is anything new out there. And one of my Google results took me here:
You should all read the comments on this posting – even if you’re only an Excel person. Very sad to read.
THIS is what Microsoft is doing to those who have bought into their technologies and committed their business and their clients to serious solutions using Access. The response from Microsoft is “Just kidding 🙂 !!
Excel VBA users and devs .. be afraid – be very afraid…. !