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The Future of Microsoft Access
Is the end of Microsoft Access near?
Microsoft does from time to time discontinue tools that are no longer relevant or have better solutions in the marketplace. InfoPath was discontinued so was Silver Light. The discontinuation of InfoPath in 2016 sparked rumors that Microsoft Access would meet the same fate. The flames of this rumor were fanned further with the introduction of Power Apps and the Microsoft Power Platform in 2018. Fortunately, these rumors have or should be silenced based on the introduction of Access 2019, followed by the introduction of Microsoft Access 2021. If you would like to hear a presentation from the Microsoft Program Manager on this subject, please watch this video.
Why would Microsoft phase out Access?
As a company that supports hundreds of customers who rely on Access in their organizations, WSI does not think Microsoft would. It is likely that Microsoft may have considered doing so in the past. We think they realized what a big mistake it would be because Access brings so many organizations into the Microsoft world. Here at WSI we work on many projects that start off in Access and over time evolve to use Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft .NET. While plenty of others continue to work just fine in Microsoft Access year after year. Facing stiff competition from MySQL and cloud databases Microsoft needs Access to compete.
You don’t have to take our word for it, here is what the Microsoft Community has to say.
What is next after Access?
We believe the answer is simple, the next version of Access.
How long will Microsoft Access support last?
You can look up the Product and Services Lifecycle information for Microsoft products here: The End date for Access 2019 is October 2025 and for Access 2021 it is October 2026. Which is a long time in the world of computer software. Our experience has shown that going from Access 2013 to 2016 to 2019 is a smooth and trouble-free process. We expect nothing different from the transition to Access 2021. So, an organization that started their database in 2013 has already had 8 years of smooth sailing. Now it looks like they will get 5 more and there is no reason for think there won’t be an Access 2024.
Are organizations paying you to build new database projects in Access?
Yes. Many are and we support their choice. We also have many customers we assist that have chosen to build their database themselves in Access.
Are organizations paying to have their older Access databases migrated to the current version?
Yes. Here at WSI we typically execute multiple version upgrade projects every month.
Are organizations expanding the capability of their existing Microsoft Access databases?
Yes, we see multiple organizations making major investments month after month to improve and enhance their existing Microsoft Access databases.
Are organizations moving from other relational database platforms to Microsoft Access?
Yes, we see organizations moving from all sorts of legacy and contemporary databases to Access. Recently we’ve seen many organizations moving from Claris FileMaker to Microsoft Access. Claris instated a new subscription-based pricing model and minimum user count. Both things that can be avoided by using Microsoft Access instead. We can show you how. Contact WSI today for help moving from FileMaker or any other database to Access. We can move your data too.
Are organizations developing commercial database solutions for sale to other organizations in Microsoft Access?
Yes. WSI is actively working with multiple clients who are engaged in this type of business.
What about Microsoft Access in the Cloud?
People have been doing this for years via Microsoft Remote Desktop Services formerly Terminal Server. New Microsoft functions such as Remote App provide even more options. You can also just put your Access data in the cloud and connect from your Access desktop client. This can be cost effective for small numbers of users. You can use a third-party service called Thinfinity Virtual UI to run an Access database in a web browser! Check it out here https://www.cybelesoft.com/thinfinity/virtualui/ If you need help setting it up contact WSI today. Many of our long time and new Access customers love it because you are not forced into the cloud. Many Access alternatives force you into a subscription and to put your data in the cloud. You work with Microsoft Access in the cloud or be cloud-free.