Microsoft Office Access 2010 (version 14, called Access 2010 in this book) is a powerful, robust, and mature 32-bit and, finally, 64-bit relational database management system (RDBMS) for creating desktop and client/server database applications that run under Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000+. As a component of the Professional and higher editions of the 2010 Microsoft Office suite, Access 2010 has an updated user interface that’s consistent with the Fluent user interface (UI) of other Office 2010 members.

Access has vanquished all desktop RDBMS rivals except FileMaker Pro and Microsoft’s Visual FoxPro. However, in March 2007, Microsoft announced that Visual FoxPro (VFP) v9.0 would be the last version. In April 2007, Microsoft representative ...

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