Yesterday, well actually two days ago on the 27th of July. Microsoft released Visual Studio for Lightswitch.
Lightswitch is a very lightweight tool for building essentially forms applications in Silverlight which can be run anywhere. On your desktop, in the cloud accessing remote databases in SQL Azure or SQL Server.
Microsoft has graciously allowed those with a MSDN subscription to be included. So I have installed it and gave it a quick whirl. I was impressed with just how quick it can be to setup a very simple application. But will it replace Access? I think not – it is for an entirely different market. It probably is better than attempting to use the Access Services on Sharepoint.
I’ll be posting more on this in the next few weeks. Why not give it a try youself with the 90 day trial.