Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is a database management system (part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications) that uses a relational database engine (Microsoft Jet Database Engine). It provides a graphical user interface and software development tools. Also, it has the capability to import or link directly to the data stored in other applications and databases.


  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Beginners can create databases using a large number of templates
  • Good for small businesses with small datasets and limited number of users
  • Low costs


  • Difficulty dealing with databases larger than 2 GB in size
  • Microsoft Access cannot handle large data requests


  • Tables
  • Relationships
  • Queries
  • Forms
  • Reports
  • Macros
  • Modules (used for writing and storing Visual Basic for Applications – VBA)

Development tools

  • Access provides a graphical interface for database management, design and creating queries. It also provides two COM libraries for database interaction.
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