Appendix A. What Was New in Access 2007 for Users of Access 2003 and Earlier

Access 1.0, 1.1, and 2.0 were very successful standalone desktop database platforms. The first Access team consisted of highly skilled development, marketing, and management personnel who were devoted entirely to making Access the premier desktop relational database management system (RDBMS) for Windows. Access, which reports say cost $60 million to develop, sold for US$99 and, according to Jim Gray of Microsoft Research, was generating revenue of about US$300 million per year by February 1994 or earlier.

Microsoft created Office 95 Professional by adding Access to Office 95 Standard’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Schedule+ applications, and adding US$100 to the retail ...

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