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Microsoft Access

Customers Still Using Access 97 Databases Affected by Windows 10 Patch Tuesday Updates

As we noted last week, KB4480966 for Windows 10 1803 Causing Unrecognized Database Format Error. Applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 97 file format may fail to open if the database has column names greater than 32 characters. The database will fail to open with the error, “Unrecognized Database Format”. However, its now recognized that this issue affects Windows 10 1803, 1709, and 1703 and boils down to customers still utilizing old Access 97 databases. Obviously, Microsoft didn’t intend for this to happen and customers surely didn’t expect to still be using such old technology for database operations. However, for those customers that are experiencing problems, Microsoft is working on a solution. In the interim, the company has delivered th...

Prodigal Product: Microsoft Access Now Comes with Office Business and Business Premium

Once upon a time, Microsoft Access was a full-fledged Microsoft Office citizen with many small to medium-sized companies developing and using Access-created UIs and databases to run some or all of the business. Over recent years, not much has been seen/heard of Microsoft Access. Today, Microsoft is announcing that Microsoft Access will be included with Office 365 Business and Office Business Premium plans and it will be gaining new features and enhancements. Soon, Access will be rolling out to Office 365 Business and Business Premium subscribers. Access will be automatically installed for these customers as part of their next regular Office client update, rolling out between December 1, 2016 and January 30, 2017. Access will continue to be included in the Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 plan...