What is Microsoft Access? - Explained

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1. What is Microsoft Access?

Microsoft Access is a database management system also known as DBMS developed by Microsoft Inc. Microsoft Access combined with two major products which are relational Microsoft JET database engine and graphical user interface which allows users to easy integration and easy data analysis.

Microsoft Access is used by software developers, data architects, students and many types of users due to it's easy to use features and capability to develop a database easily. Microsoft Access is a product which is bundled with the Microsoft Office Software package and it's a pay to use product which require license to use it.

2. History

Microsoft Access is a relation database product which was improved by the Microsoft's first attempt to develop a database started in mid 1980s. Microsoft developed their own codenamed Omega. After all the years of development and product enhancements Microsoft released the initial release of Microsoft Access on November 1992.

3. Versions

Microsoft Access is released for Microsoft Windows OS on 1992 for the first time. Since then there were multiple versions of Microsoft Access got released focusing on Microsoft Windows OS platforms.


Version CodeVersion NameYear of ReleaseSupported OS
1.0 0Access 1.11992Windows 3.0 OS
2.0 0Access 2.01993Windows 3.1 OS
7.0 0Access for Windows 9524th August 1995Windows 95
8.0 0
Access 97
16th January 1997
Windows 95
Windows NT 3.51 SP5
Windows NT 4.0 SP2
9.0 0
Access 2000
7th June 1999
Windows 95
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 98
Windows 2000
10.0 0
Access 2002
31st May 2001
Windows NT 4.0 SP6
Windows 98
Windows 2000
Windows Me
11.0 0
Access 2003
27th November 2003
Windows 2000 SP3
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
12.0 0
Access 2007
27th January 2007
Windows XP SP2
Windows Server 2003 SP1 or Newer
14.0 0
Access 2010
15th July 2010
Windows XP SP3
Windows Server 2003 SP2
Windows Server 2003 R2
Windows Vista SP1
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows 8
15.0 0
Access 2013
29th January 2013
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012
Windows 8
Windows 10
16.0 0
Access 2016
22nd September 2015
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
16.0 0Access 201924th September 2018Windows 10