Before you can begin using Access 2010, you must acquire a copy of the program and then install it on a machine. If you already have a copy of Access installed on your machine, you can easily skip this lesson and move on to the next. However, if you have never purchased or installed Access 2010 (or earlier versions), continue on with this lesson to find out more about getting and installing the most widely used database program in the world — Microsoft Access!
This lesson explains some of the options available for purchasing a copy of Access 2010 and provides a step-by-step guide to installing Access 2010 as a part of Microsoft Office 2010. There is no previous experience or knowledge of Access required to complete this lesson.
You can purchase Microsoft Access 2010 as a standalone product or as part of Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (or higher versions of Office). Office 2010 Professional edition includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, and Word. Office 2010 Professional Plus also includes Communicator and InfoPath. Office 2010 Enterprise adds Grove and OneNote. The Office 2010 Ultimate edition adds Outlook Business Contact Manager.
Microsoft sells Access 2010 along with all of the Office editions at the Microsoft website (http://office.microsoft.com), go there to compare the features of each edition. Microsoft offers three basic plans to purchase retail software ...