Introduction to MS Accrss


Access is a Database product developed by Microsoft Corporation. It is an answer by Microsoft as a database product for the Windows OS.

Access 1.0 was released in 1992, which was quickly followed by version 1.1.This initial offering was a cheap ($99) desktop database with a competitive feature set that enjoyed instant popularity amongst Windows users.

Access 2.0 was a major update released in May 1994. For 16 bit Windows development, Access 2.0 with service packs to update the JET database engine to v2.5 became an industry standard solution for Windows 3.1 and Windows95 Client-Server development.

The first 32 bit Windows version was Access 95 (i.e. Access 7.0). Released in November 1995, it quickly became known as a program to be avoided for any serious development. The difficulties with the release were not fully resolved until Access 97 (a.k.a. Access 8.0) introduced in January 1997. Although far from exactly bug free, Access 97 is a stable product with a very productive development environment.

Now Access has become the part of MS-Office suit, which also includes other products such as MS-Word, MS-Excel, Ms-Power Point etc. Microsoft also developed an Office suit for Apple Macintosh computers known as MS Office 98 which also includes MS Access 98.

Access 2000 greatly improved the underlying JET database architecture for network and multi-user applications. Unfortunately, forms and other parts of the Windows interface became more bloated. For basic Windows desktop application development, Access 97 remains a viable platform, especially when Windows 95 support is a requirement.

Office XP shows Microsoft's commitment to incrementally updating its big money making products. The most compelling new Access XP features are PivotTable and PivotChart support. The programming methodology used by Office users and developers to automate the routine or repetitive tasks) used by Access 2000 is not changed in Office XP. It also is the first new version of Office to be incompatible with Windows 95.

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