About Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is a database management system that can create functional database apps for any business purpose. By integrating Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Access can create unique business apps, automate important business processes, and consolidate information for forms and reports. Using the Access' connector library, users can seamlessly integrate third-party business apps to generate aggregated visuals and insights for any report or app.

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Key benefits of Microsoft Access

  • Create apps easier with built-in templates that can also be created using existing apps.

  • Create user-friendly forms to help automate business processes.

  • The DB can store valuable data in SQL Server as well as Azure SQL for better security, reliability, scalability, and manageability.

  • Utilizes standard SQL syntax for better compatibility and a more mission-critical back-end.

  • Easy to learn, especially for the existing Excel users, and provides different ways of accomplishing the same task.
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    Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czechia, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, North Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey, United States, Vietnam, South Africa

    Supported Languages

    Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Pricing starting from:

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    • Free Version
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    Features

    Total features of Microsoft Access: 17

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Application Management
    • Built-In Database
    • Customizable Fields
    • Customizable Forms
    • Data Connectors
    • Data Dictionary Management
    • Data Storage Management
    • Data Visualization
    • Database Support
    • Monitoring
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • Relational
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5
    (69)
    Value for Money
    4.2/5
    Features
    4.4/5
    Ease of Use
    4.0/5
    Customer Support
    3.8/5

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    • Industry: Mental Health Care
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    Perfect for Running Reports and Data Analysis

    Reviewed on 19/05/2022

    I can create quality reports monthly, and I can analyze a lot of data using it. It's helped me with...

    I can create quality reports monthly, and I can analyze a lot of data using it. It's helped me with all my clients' projects. Microsoft users should definitely consider this product.

    Pros

    It will save you time when creating a system that will only get used on one computer, enabling you to create reports in an easily accessible format. Reports and various forms are available, linked to a programming code using programming languages, and complex arithmetic operations executed using code stored in the application. Also, adding tables and linking them together is very easy.

    Cons

    Large amounts of data tend to cause the software to operate slower and it can't be purchased separately.

    Jill D.
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    • Industry: Real Estate
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Somewhat clunky interface, great data collection and reporting tool.

    Reviewed on 30/07/2021

    Pros

    I have used Access over the years for many purposes, from employee databases to customer management to logistics and inventory tracking. My favorite feature was a combination of having all the data I needed in one place, and being able to customize the end reports to show and manipulate the visibility of just the data needed for myself or a supervisor. Instead of giving them a spreadsheet, I was able to give them a tidy report with just what they asked for, which made the bosses happy.

    Cons

    Access is, as its core, a data management tool. The very feature that makes it so awesome also makes it cumbersome - it can be really hard to move around a large database and get to the entry points you need. This is surmountable by building an entry form, but not for the faint of heart or the casual user, either.

    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft Excel

    Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Access

    Access could handle more than Excel, but Excel is easier to use. We began to migrate lighter data needs over to Excel, and stayed in Access for the larger and more data intensive data collection needs.
    Kobus M.
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    • Industry: Telecommunications
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Microsoft Access Review

    Reviewed on 08/04/2022

    It has been extremely helpful in managing our increasing customer base and billing.

    It has been extremely helpful in managing our increasing customer base and billing.

    Pros

    "I love that you can quickly learn the most important things about database interaction."

    "I've used it over and over again. My favorite thing about this software is that it's easy to use, especially for beginners who want to start learning how to report for Data Management."

    "It's good for translating raw data into insights with its great Data mining features. I can use queries to query any criteria specified based on what I'm using the information for."

    "I have been using Microsoft Access for 8 years to set up various databases used to manage our telecom platform and I find it very useful and make full use of the many features."

    Cons

    It is difficult to manage large databases and it is not possible to improve performance by using MS Access.

    Alternatives Considered

    MySQL

    Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Access

    It is easier to use and very powerful especially for creating queries, forms and reports.
    Marie M.
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    • Industry: Cosmetics
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Ease of Use
    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Very useful data management tool

    Reviewed on 10/05/2022

    Pros

    The most important thing about Microsoft Access is that it is inexpensive. Creating table from scratch might be technical but Microsoft simplify things with templates and each category has a demo video to help users get started. Another plus is that the platform has been around for decades and introductory courses taught from the high school level.

    Cons

    Setting up tables from scratch might require some technical knowledge.

    Alejandro S.
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    • Industry: Oil & Energy
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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    • Value for Money
    • Ease of Use
    • Customer Support
    • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

    MS Access, a good alternative for small databases

    Reviewed on 26/06/2022

    The use that I have given to MS Access was for information management of small projects, which...

    The use that I have given to MS Access was for information management of small projects, which allowed me to enter data through forms and then obtain the results that I wanted as documents that I could then easily export to MS Excel, this was more comfortable than Enter the data directly into MS Excel.

    Pros

    MS Access is included in all MS Office packages, making it a viable alternative for small business database management or personal use. Besides being part of MS Office, it interacts better with other programs like MS Excel.

    Cons

    For large or medium-sized companies it is not a good alternative, its use becomes very complex and requires many computing resources compared to alternatives designed for that volume of data. In addition, it only works on Windows operating systems, which greatly limits its use.

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    Microsoft Access offers the following pricing plans:

    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Please contact Microsoft directly for pricing information.

    Microsoft Access has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

    Microsoft Access supports the following languages:

    Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, European Portuguese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

    Microsoft Access supports the following devices:

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    Microsoft Access offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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