Microsoft has released a Remote Desktop application for Windows 8.1 users here. This is a significant improvement over the traditional RDP or RDC client and offers some unique features. In addition to improved performance and reliability this updated app includes:
For devices that do not have a physical keyboard attached, the Remote Desktop app now provides an easy way to bring up the touch keyboard from the command bar. Simply swipe from the top or bottom edge of the screen and tap on the Keyboard icon.
Dynamic Resolution Update
Another improvement available in Windows 8.1 allows the Remote Desktop app to dynamically update the resolution of the remote system when the local resolution or size of the app changes to provide the best experience.
There are multiple ways you can see this in action. First, if you have a tablet device that supports rotation (like the Microsoft Surface 2), you can rotate the device with a live connection to a remote PC and see the resolution in the remote session automatically update to reflect the change in orientation without the need for a full reconnection. Depending on your connection speed, the rotation can be as fast as the local resolution.
This new version is fully compatible with our Remote Desktop Hosting solutions for MS Access.
This short video shows you how to expose all of the web database templates available for Access 2013. Works on Office 365 and hosted implementations of Access Services 2013.
We are happy to announce the availability of low-cost SharePoint foundation hosting plans. These plans start at only $99 a year and while they do not have the publishing features of Access Web Services, these SharePoint 2013 plans are still great for Access Developers. You can use SharePoint Lists as you backend and easily have anonymous website users add information and input data using SharePoint’s list functionaliy without having to pay per user enterpise license fees. Watch the video below to see the type of Access development and features that we’re talking about:
No parlor tricks here – just the Microsoft Remote Desktop App connecting to hosted remote desktops running the last 4 (count em FOUR) major releases of MS Access. This allows most applications to run unmodified in the cloud using the version of Access they were originally developed in. Take Access anywhere using any device without the hassle and expense of application rewrites.
This short video will step through the process of creating an RDP connection on the iPad
Problem: I just uploaded my database to remote desktop and when i open it, I get a blank Microsoft Access page
We have received a lot of these support tickets lately for users that have signed up for the RDP starter plan. Remember that the starter plan does not include the full version of Access – but rather the Access Runtime. The Runtime does not have the same feature set as the full version of Access. One of the differences, is that it lacks the left-side navigation to jump between forms making it essential that you set a start-up form in your Access Database BEFORE uploading it to your RDP Starter plan. Developers often create a home navigation form that allows users to jump around within a runtime app but as long as you have set some kind of start-up form, when you upload your database it will not be blank when you open it on the RDP Starter Plan.
How do I set a Startup Form in my Access Database?
Of course, if you would like to use the Full Version of Access – you can sign up for a Free Trial of our Access Pro plan here.
An important feature of our remote desktop hosting service is the ability to upsize an Access database to SQL Server 2012 with the SQL Server Migration Assistant (free download link below)
Here is a video of the Migration Assistant in action:
Download the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant for Access Databases
By combining a remote desktop Access frontend with a SQL Server on the same high speed switching fabric you get the best of both worlds: A secure, scalable database application combined with the ease of Microsoft Access on any device.
Here is a video overview of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant in action.
Your Remote instance of Access can now be paired with SQL Server over our high speed network switching fabric, eliminating the traditional latency of a web based SQL backed.
In many cases the migration assistant can be used effectively without outside assistance – but if you require a helping hand we can recommend qualified Access and SQL Server experts that can assist for a reasonable one time fee.
To demonstrate the anonymous access capabilities of an Access 2013 web application we downloaded the latest Federal Healthcare pricing information and created an app on Office 365 at
You can type in your county name and browse all of the plans and providers in your area.
No registration or signing in required.
All of this was created without writing a single line of code. Pretty cool stuff.
USE AN ACCESS 2013 APP IF …
- Your organization is using Office 365 with SharePoint Online
- You have the time and budget to convert your databases tables, queries, forms and reports into a SQL/Web compatible format
- Everyone who needs to create or modify an Access app has a copy of Access 2013.
- The problem you’re trying to solve doesn’t require advanced database features like VBA or automation of Outlook, Word and Excel.
- You want the latest version of Access and are willing to be upgraded automatically every few years.
- Your reporting needs are very basic
USE AN ACCESS REMOTE DESKTOP DATABASE IF …
- Your organization is not using SharePoint or your Office 365 plan does not include SharePoint Online.
- You want complete control over the look and feel of the database user experience.
- Your users want to bring their own device (iPad, Nexus, Kindle) to the Access application.
- You enjoy using the Access Form and Report Wizards.
- You need advanced features, such as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or need to extend your application with email (Outlook) and charts (Excel)
- You don’t mind waiting for the next release of Access to use the latest features.
- You have complex reporting needs, beyond the simple summary reports provided in Access apps; for example, you need to integrate other databases into a report, or format the report.
Breaking News: You no longer need to purchase third party software to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to our Remote Desktop Hosting Service . You can now run the Access Runtime (2010 or 2013), Access 2007, Access 2010 (32 and 64 bit) and Access 2013 (32 and 64 bit) on all these devices with a FREE app. Wow.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android - Remote Desktop for Android download
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092 - Remote Desktop for iOS download
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417 - Remote Desktop for OS X download
Remote Desktop Hosting Information and Free Trial Offer: http://accesshosting.com/remote-desktop-hosting
If your device is not supported for any reason (Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and the Silk Browser come to mind) you can still run these apps inside any HTML5 browser using our Power RDP solution http://accesshosting.com/power-rdp-run-native-access-applications-browser
It looks like the era of Access Anywhere has arrived. And it is the REAL Access you know and love – not the Access Web stuff that requires rewriting your existing applications.
This video illustrates a increasing common scenario in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world. We show a Windows 8.1 desktop and an iOS7 iPad sharing the same Access 2010 database over our PowerRDP solution.
In this video, we demonstrate our remote cloud desktop hosting solution using our Power RDP client. Our virtual desktop hosting easily allows multiple concurrent users to access the same database via any device (Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc) from a web browser or using an RDP Connection. This is a full windows desktop machine rendered on any device that has the full functionality of Access 2010 in any HTML5 web browser. It will be instantly familiar to any Access Developer and is fully compatible with VBA Code and splitting databases into frontend and backend. You can try out this powerful solution for free for 30 days by signing up for a free web database trial. If you have any additional questions, please use our online chat or our sidebar form.
One common gripe among MS Access 2007, Access 2010, and Access 2013 users is the security warning that is displayed every time you open a database from a non-trusted location. The error looks like this:
To compound the issue, many people use the Access Runtime which makes it even harder to create or add trusted locations.
Thankfully, there is a fix from the Access Community – the addpath utility. To use this little gem just put it in the location you want to trust and double click. That’s it.
AddPath2010 – For Access 2010
AddPath2013 – For Access 2013
We recently updated our popular YouTube video that shows Access running inside the Safari and Chrome browsers on the iPad with iOS7. This new and improved solution requires no extra software and allows Access 2007, 2010 and 2013 applications to run without modification.
Access Hosting is proud to announce our new Excel Power Business Intelligence Hosting for only $99/month. This new plan combines the flexibility of our Remote Desktop hosting solutions with the power of SQL server hosting. This powerful solution is possible NOW without the expense of Office 365 or a SharePoint server and allows for substantial business insights through PowerPivot and Power View.
Power View is an interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience that encourages intuitive ad-hoc reporting. Power View is a powerful feature of Microsoft Excel 2013 that can be utilized in ANY HTML5 compatible web browser with our Power RDP technology.
You can learn more about this product and sign-up for a 30 Day Free Trial of Excel 2013 Hosting here.
We are happy to announce that we are once again offering SharePoint 2010 Access Web Database hosting plans. This new plan has a 30 day free trial and is $99/month. It includes 10 users and 2 GB of storage space, unlimited databases, unlimited bandwidth and allows you to combine Web Forms and Web Reports with your existing clientside Access DB functionality for a true powerful hybrid application. These SharePoint hosting plans are completely scalable. Additional storage and users can be added to this plan at any time for additional fees. We plan to continue to offer service to Access 2010 web publishing on SharePoint 2010 and 2013 for as long as Microsoft supports and allows us to license this product.
Click here to get started publishing Access 2010 Databases to the Web.
Microsoft Office 365 provides anywhere access to your familiar Office applications, email, calendar, video conferencing, and most up-to-date documents, across your devices – from PCs to smartphones to tablets. Choose to run it the way you want with enterprise-grade security, IT controls and flexible deployment options that let you run it on-premises, as a hosted service or as a hybrid of both.
However, even an enterprise-class productivity and hosting solution like Office 365 will not fully meet the Access web database needs of all customers. An On Premise or 3rd Party Hosted Access Services 2013 implementation helps provide focused, reliable solutions for the following common customer needs:
1. Full control of SQL Server security: Access 2013 allows for the automatic creation of 2 SQL Server user accounts, one with read-only privileges and another with read-write. While that is useful, some customers would like to extend this model to multiple user accounts. By creating multiple SQL logins via SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) you can create a much more complex security model for applications that want to leverage the Access 2013 web database information stored in SQL Server. Password complexity and aging requirements can also be enforced on these accounts.
2. Full control of the network firewall: Many Access 2013 applications require extended security to comply with corporate or regulatory requirements. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) security requirements are a good example of this necessity. In a self-hosted or 3rd party hosted solution you have enough firewall configuration flexibility to lock down your entire database by imposing restrictions on the network perimeter based on TCP/IP address ranges, machine names, and network protocols. A combination of these restrictions can be imposed to address any security mandate.
3. Render http links in the web browser control of an Access 2013 web database: The browser control is a powerful feature in Access 2013 web forms that allows you to call external resources into your application. Office 365 requires https for all external links which limits the use of browser based resources that do not support https. This restriction can be lifted in a self-hosted or 3rd party hosted configuration.
4. Customized backup: You can create a backup rotation scheme in SQL 2012 for the Access Web Apps that mirrors the site collection backup routine in SharePoint. This allows for a synchronized full fidelity backup of the SharePoint site and the Web Apps with multiple restore points. We recently assisted a customer who required a complete snapshot of their SharePoint and Access Services environment to be available for rollback to 24/47/72/96 hour recovery points. In addition, the second and fourth snapshots needed to be available in a secondary data center in the event of a problem with the primary facility. All of this is easily accomplished in a hosted configuration where both the SharePoint and SQL Server environments are completely controlled by the hosting organization.
Absolutely! you can user our Virtual Remote Desktop hosting on your Mac and a slew of other devices. Windows PCs come with the Remote Desktop Protocol preinstalled and if you have a Mac with Office, you’ll have RDP installed already.
If you don’t have Office for the Mac, you can download the RDP client for Mac for Free. You can learn more about the Mac OSX RDP client from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client
or download it directly from here:
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