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Chapter 1. Access 2003 for Access 97 and... > In the Real World—Still Waiting for ...

In the Real World—Still Waiting for “Access .NET”

Many veteran Office users, developers, and book writers expected Office version 11 to be named “Microsoft Office .NET.” Microsoft’s early promotion of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET involved applying “.NET” to many unrelated products, such as “Windows .NET Server”—now Windows Server 2003—and classifying SQL Server and other back-end applications as “.NET Enterprise Servers.” This tactic backfired and caused widespread confusion in information technology circles about what “.NET” meant.

Lack of support for the .NET Framework by every core Office member and most related Office applications is another reason for Office 11’s new name—Microsoft Office System 2003. Only Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Excel 2003 have hooks to the .NET Framework. Developers need Visual Studio .NET and the Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System to write Word and Excel macros in C# or Visual Basic .NET. Access 2003, which might have benefited more than Word and Excel from a .NET connection, is missing the .NET hooks.


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