We have been busy testing the latest Service Pack for SharePoint 2010 and Access 2010 and will be making this upgrade available to our customers in the near future. In the meantime we thought it would be useful to review some of the SP1 feature enhancements that will impact Access Web Databases.
New Feature: Site Recycle Bin
In SharePoint 2010 it is very easy to accidentally remove your entire site collection. This feature allows a quick and easy restore of the site collection instead of having to revert to a restore of your latest backup file. The backup/restore method was time consuming and required a rollback to the last site backup, this new approach will quickly bring your site back right where you left off before the accidental deletion.
New Feature: Improved Storage Space Allocation
SharePoint 2007 enabled granular management and insight into storage. In 2010 this feature was removed. In Service Pack 1 Microsoft is bringing back an improved StorMan.aspx, enabling users to better understand where their quota is going and act upon that information to reduce the size of their sites. In the case of web databases, this will allow you to see exactly where and how your storage quota is being consumed. The published/compiled size of an Access Database is often several times larger than it looks on the file system, so this new feature will help you visualize what is happening with your site collection storage allocation.
New Feature: Improved Publishing Performance for Client Forms with Embedded Images
This has been a common issue since the release of Access Services – in some cases the publishing process would just grind to halt if there were too many images on a form. Nice to see that it has been corrected.
New Feature: Offical Support for Chrome Browser
Many customers are already using Chrome successfully to render forms and reports inside the browser but it is nice to have Google Chrome offically recognized as a valid client platform for SharePoint 2010 and Access 2010 Web Databases.
As a final note, Office 365 is currently running on the latest Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010, not Service Pack 1.