I’ve seen software die.
First the code gets crufty. Features pile on, but half of ‘em don’t work right. Old features might or might not work. There are security holes.
Then a bright new team gets the gig. Old code is hacked out, new ideas are grafted onto old models. Usually you end up with a cacophonous concatenation.
That’s how Access 2007 smells. I know the team tried hard, but it’s a train wreck.
It’s not just a few bugs, or one or two missing features, or a limited design flop. It’s all of the above and more. As a power tool for hacking relational data it’s following the FrontPage path to oblivion.
Yeah, I’ve written before about how bad Access 2007 is. Even so, I think I was in denial. It took trying to complete a significant data manipulation project to make me face facts.
Microsoft isn’t going to fix Access. They want to sell the latest iteration of SQL Server and their Sharepoint services – Access is a costly distraction that happens to work pretty well with the Great Satan (Oracle).
There will be another release or two, then it will follow the path of FrontPage - which was once part of the Office Suite.