Microsoft Access popularly called as Microsoft Office Access, is DBMS (database management system) software developed by Microsoft that compounds the Microsoft Jet Database Engine to GUI (graphical user interface) and other software developmental implements. It is part of the MS Office Suite (Professional and higher editions) or offered as stand-alone version. The beginning of the software can be traced to “Project Omega”, started by Microsoft in 1988. However, the project was scrapped and some of the codes developed were utilized for “Project Cirrus” (Microsoft codename for Access).

Earlier to Access, Borland and FoxPro conquered the desktop database market. Amongst them, Borland controlled about 85% of total database market. Microsoft bought FoxPro in the year 1992 and developed it’s own DBMS in parallel.  The first edition of Microsoft Office Access was released to market in November 1992 during COMDEX. It rapidly became the leading database for Windows, successfully getting rid of competitors and winning the contest between the companies. Since then, it has become integral part of MS office suite.

The software is known to store the data in proprietary configuration in the Access Jet Database Engine. It can also bring in or link straight to the data stored in other applications and also databases. Developers of various softwares and data architects can develop custom application software and  users can utilize Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) it to write own software applications.

The software is at present much more than a technique to generate desktop databases. Due to rapid growth in the computing power, ever decreasing cost and the advent of internet, it forms a simple-to-utilize tool for swiftly generating browser oriented database applications that facilitate you for your work. The data is by design stored in a SQL database, so it becomes safer and protected than ever which can be shared easily.

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