I think Redmond has done a great job with Office 2013. One can see where Microsoft is trying to push Office web apps.
Access provides a simple way to build SharePoint apps. Easy-to-use tools help app developers get started fast and quickly share their app, improving end-users productivity from virtually anywhere. IT can also be confident that Access apps are under the control and manageability of SharePoint and SQL Azure or Server.
It helps you store and track just about any kind of information - inventory, contacts, business processes, and more. In this week's webinar, you'll learn how to organize and manage your data, plus previewing the latest version of Access, including a big new feature.
However, I can't see where many folks who are currently are keeping track of items in Excel, would be able to navigate & understand the many (wonderful) things that Access is doing when creating an app either from scratch or a template. You still need to understand database objects. Check out the video and drop us a line with your suggestions.