Microsoft Access is a database management program, while Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application. Someone can use these programs simultaneously to track business productivity and other factors.
Excel allows users to crunch numbers, maintain lists and share data. It also allows users to export and import various types of data for manipulation and analysis. Access has more functions, making it a more powerful and complex program. Users can manage more data, and several users can work in an Access database simultaneously. Access is ideal for managing business contacts, tracking customer orders, organizing staff jobs, managing tasks and maintaining product inventories.