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What Is Microsoft Access?

Database management system that allows users to store and manage data and create database-powered apps.

Who Uses Microsoft Access?

Database management system that allows users to store and manage data and create database-powered apps.

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Reviews of Microsoft Access

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
3.9
Customer Service
3.9
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.2

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Joseph Clogene
Joseph Clogene
CEO in Madagascar
Verified LinkedIn User
Internet, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

"Microsoft Access : une solution complète pour gérer vos projets

5.0 last year

Comments: "As a small business, we have found Microsoft Access to be a cost-effective solution for managing our data. It allows us to easily store and share our important information, which improves our productivity."

Pros:

"I am impressed with the flexibility of Microsoft Access. It allows me to create custom forms and reports to meet my specific needs. It is a valuable tool for my productivity."

Cons:

"Although Microsoft Access is an excellent data management tool, it can be difficult to use for beginners. The learning curve can be steep, which can be a barrier for some users."

Kobus
System Administrator in South Africa
Telecommunications, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Microsoft Access Review

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: It has been extremely helpful in managing our increasing customer base and billing.

Pros:

"I love that you can quickly learn the most important things about database interaction." "I've used it over and over again. My favorite thing about this software is that it's easy to use, especially for beginners who want to start learning how to report for Data Management." "It's good for translating raw data into insights with its great Data mining features. I can use queries to query any criteria specified based on what I'm using the information for." "I have been using Microsoft Access for 8 years to set up various databases used to manage our telecom platform and I find it very useful and make full use of the many features."

Cons:

It is difficult to manage large databases and it is not possible to improve performance by using MS Access.

Mark
Technical Manager in UK
Facilities Services, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Microsoft Access & SQL

4.0 2 months ago New

Comments: In general MS Access is great tool which can be used to manage small company data, reducing the need for lots of spreadsheets.

Pros:

If you are a beginner to database management and dash boards MS Access is a good place to start. It then has the additional features to connect to other databases such as SQL. There are also many customization you can make with VBA.

Cons:

After using Access for many years the updated versions would often have different file types and previous VBA would become redundant. This seems not to be such a problem in recent years.

Kayla
Executive Director in US
Nonprofit Organization Management, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Access is ok for low level needs

1.0 8 months ago

Comments: I did not love our overall experience with Microsoft, I was most happy when we no longer had to use it.

Pros:

It was very intuitive to use and like other microsoft products.

Cons:

The inability to put multiple donations in and have them show when we pulled reports.

Federico
Federico
Management in Uruguay
Verified LinkedIn User
Investment Banking, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Great product for a Small / Medium Bussiness

4.0 3 years ago

Comments: My overall experience is very positive, I always use is when possible. Saves em a lot of time and allows me to perform world-class reports.

Pros:

I am very impressed about the reliability in handling regular size databases, and the best part is that you can write your own SQL commands!

Cons:

The only thing that I don't like is that it is not very powerful and gets slow with some big databases.

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