FMS Email Newsletter

October 2020

For Microsoft Access, SQL Server,
Visual Studio .NET, and VB6 Professionals


Microsoft Most Valuable ProfessionalWe hope you are staying safe and practicing safe social intercourse with strangers during these challenging times. Our hearts go out to the people, friends, and families who have directly suffered from COVID-19, and hope we overcome this global pandemic in the very near future.

Being in the IT world, we are very fortunate to have the option to work remotely and interact through countless Microsoft Teams and Zoom meetings. We are supporting customers around the world more efficiently than ever.

For people suddenly working from home, Access applications can still run in the office through remote desktop and also hosted on servers using Remote App. We've helped several customers migrate their applications to hosted solutions internally and on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines.

Looking forward to participating in the virtual Access Conference at the end of this week. Hope you can join me.

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All the best and stay safe,

Luke Chung


Microsoft Most Valuable ProfessionalMicrosoft Most Valuable Professional Award

Microsoft recognized FMS President Luke Chung as a Microsoft MVP for the ninth year in a row for his support in the Microsoft Access community!

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is given to individuals who have exhibited exceptional technical expertise and a talent for sharing knowledge within their technical community.

Microsoft 365 Microsoft 365 Roadmap for Access

Microsoft has begun to better update the Microsoft 365 Public Roadmap for Access with upcoming features! The Microsoft team will continue to add more feature items as they come along, while editing any release dates.

Visit Microsoft 365 Roadmap for Access for more information.

J Street TechnologyVirtual Access Cascade Conference 2020

October 16 - 17, 2020, 8am - 12pm PST

Join FMS President Luke Chung for the first annual Access Cascade Conference hosted by J Street Technology on the most popular desktop database application development platform - Microsoft Access! This is the virtual version of the long running Portland Oregon Access User Group annual conference.

The Access Cascade Conference is a virtual conference with an exciting lineup of internationally-respected presenters, including Microsoft Access MVPs, book authors, and members of the Access development team at Microsoft.

Luke Chung will be giving a presentation on "Power Queries and Data Analysis Techniques". For a full list of presenters, visit Access Cascade Conference Presenters. To register for this event, visit J Street Technology Access Cascade Conference.

Denver Area Access Users GroupDenver Area Access Users Group Online Presentation

FMS President Luke Chung was invited by the Denver Area Access Users Group to give an online presentation on "Access Remote App".

Remote Desktop and RemoteApp let your users run Access applications without having to installing anything on their local machine. That includes Access, the database, and any related programs. It lets users run the program across the network or Internet, from their PC or even a Mac. Luke Chung demonstrated different approaches depending on whether the host is internal or in the cloud, and for backend databases in Access and SQL Server.

The Denver Area Access Users Group has made Luke's presentation "Access Remote App" available for everyone to view. To find out more on future DAAUG presentations, visit the Denver Area Access Users Group website.

Windows MagnifierWindows Tip: Magnifier

Most Microsoft users do not know that the Windows Magnifier exists! This is an easy way to zoom in and out of a screen.

Itís something that would help people with screens that are high resolution with letters getting smaller and smaller. And a temporary use rather than changing the resolution at the display level. For more information, visit Windows Tip: Magnifier.

Office 365Change Office 365 update cycle to the Monthly Enterprise Channel

Microsoft has created the Monthly Enterprise Channel that provides users with new Office features each month on a predictable release schedule.

Our FMS Development Team has created a page with step by step instructions on how to change your Office 365 update cycle to the Monthly Enterprise Channel. For more information, visit How to change the Office 365 update cycle to the Monthly Enterprise Channel.

Microsoft AccessError: "The operating system is not presently configured to run this application"

An error was introduced in the Version 2008 (Build 13127.20296) update to Office. The error message "The operating system is not presently configured to run this application" occurred when using a program that uses the ODBC interface implemented by the Access Database Engine. This could happen with a custom application, or with the ODBC Data Sources application, when specifying the "Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)".

The issue was fixed in the Version 2009 (Build 16.0.13231.20262) Office update on September 28, 2020. For more information, visit Microsoft's Error: "The operating system is not presently configured to run this application" page.

Microsoft AccessDecimal Field Problems in Microsoft Access Build 12827.20010

Back in June 2020, the Microsoft Access Team announced an issue where Access VBA/DAO code may crash or report incorrect data for Decimal Fields.

The Microsoft Access team announced that the Decimal Field issue has been fixed in all channels.

  • Current Channel - Version 2005, Build 12827.20470
  • Current Channel (Preview) - Version 2006, Build 13001.20198

For more details on the issue, visit our blog post Decimal Field Problems in Microsoft Access Build 12827.20010.

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