Microsoft Access

1. <database> A relational database running under Microsoft Windows.

Data is stored as a number of "tables", e.g. "Stock".

Each table consists of a number of "records" (e.g. for different items) and each record contains a number of "fields", e.g. "Product code", "Supplier", "Quantity in stock".

Access allows the user to create "forms" and "reports".

A form shows one record in a user-designed format and allows the user to step through records one at a time.

A report shows selected records in a user-designed format, possibly grouped into sections with different kinds of total (including sum, minimum, maximum, average).

There are also facilities to use links ("joins") between tables which share a common field and to filter records according to certain criteria or search for particular field values.

Version: 2 (date?).

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2. <communications> A communications program from Microsoft, meant to compete with ProComm and other programs.

It sucked and was dropped.

Years later they reused the name for their database.


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