What is Microsoft Access?
Microsoft Access (properly called Microsoft Office Access since Office 2007) is part of Microsoft’s growing Office productivity software suite, and one of the mainstays in the suite since its inception along with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Access, however, is mostly used by software developers and other power users, who take advantage of its ability to harness Visual Basic for Applications, the language that create feature-rich applications in a Windows computing environment, and is thus a little beyond the scope of most average user computing. Microsoft Access is a database management application using the Microsoft Jet Database Engine coupled with a graphic user interface (GUI) and packaged with software development tools; it was first released in 1992, though development for Access began in the early 80s.
Microsoft Access has a number of features that make it attractive for developers. As a database management system, Access can create tables and queries (the core of a database) and link them together with users; developers can take it a step further and create VBA applications out of these tables. Access was so-called because its original purpose was to “access” data from any source, which it does, as it can call up data from other sources, such as applications, and databases.
File types supported by Microsoft Access
Our users primarily use Microsoft Access to open these file types: