As of 2015, users can download Microsoft Access from Office.com by either purchasing the software on its own or as part of the Microsoft Office application suite. Microsoft Access is available for both personal and commercial versions of Microsoft Office, and Office.com also offers potential users a free trial download link for both versions. Microsoft Access is a software that users can use to create applications for a database in business-friendly formats.
Microsoft Access allows users to create custom database applications without requiring the skills of a developer. The tool's functionality allows the simple creation of applications for both browser-based and desktop databases to help in business operations. All application data generated from Microsoft Access is stored inside a secure SQL database and can be shared with other users. A user can begin development by either using professional application templates or creating a completely custom project. Microsoft Access also includes table templates that dictate and record what a custom application tracks inside a database.
As of 2015, Microsoft Access 2016 is the most current version of the software and is compatible for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Microsoft Access 2016 is preceded by Access 2013, Access 2003, Access 2007 and Access 2010.