Microsoft Access 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, and 97Microsoft Access Version Features and Differences Comparison Matrix

Microsoft Access debuted in 1992 and recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Over the decades, Microsoft Access evolved with a large number of enhancements, database formats and discontinued features.

On this page, we try to summarize some of the major differences by version. For details on individual builds, visit our page:

Version Comparison Matrix

Here are the Microsoft Access versions, when they were released, the Operating Systems they explicitly support, and features. The older versions generally work on newer operating systems but is not officially stated on Microsoft's web pages.

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Microsoft Access Version 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 (XP) 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Version Number 17.0 16.0 15.0 14.0 12.0 11.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 2.0 1.1 1.0
Original Release Date Fall 2018 2015 Sept 2013 Feb 2010 Jul 2007 Jan 2003 Nov 2001 May 1999 Jun 1997 Jan 1995 Aug 1994 Apr 1993 May 1992 Nov
Latest Service Pack   continuous SP1 SP2 SP3 SP3 SP3 SP3 SR2 -- 2.5 -- --
Minimum RAM 32 Bit: 1GB
64 Bit: 2GB
32 Bit: 1GB
64 Bit: 2GB
256 MB 256 MB 128 MB 72 MB 16 MB 16 MB 8 MB 4 MB -- --
Part of Microsoft Office
Free Runtime Version
Runtime Version Download Download Download Download Office Developer Edition 2003 Office Developer Edition 2002 Office Developer Edition 2000 Office Developer Edition 97 Access Developer's Toolkit 7.0 Access Developer's Toolkit 2.0 Access 1.1 Distribution Kit --
64-bit Version
Office 365 Installation
Database Formats and Security 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
MDB Format 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2000 2000 97 2.0 2.0 1.1 1.0
Jet Database Engine (DAO) ACE ACE ACE ACE ACE 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.0, 2.5 with SP 1.1 1.0
Workgroup Security (MDB format)
ActiveX Data Objects (ADO)
Record Locking, Unicode Storage
Digital Signatures (MDB only)
Trusted Locations (Directories)
Access Data Projects (ADP) connected to SQL Server
ACCDB Format
Access Database Engine (ACE)   16.0
Download
14.0 14.0
Download
12.0
Database Encryption (ACCDB)
Data Macros (ACCDB)
Sandboxed ACE
Access Web Apps (AWA) SharePoint 2013
SQL Server
Office 365
SharePoint 2013
SQL Server
SharePoint 2010
Lists
Programming 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Access Basic Programming Language
VBA Programming Language (VBA)
Shared IDE with Visual Basic 6.0
Temporary Variables TempVars (ACCDB)
Database Container 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Database Window
Windows XP Themes
Navigation Pane and Search
Tabbed Interface
Quick Access Toolbar
Ribbons
Linked Tables 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
dBase Tables
Lotus 1-2-3 Tables
Paradox Tables
Excel *.xlsx Format (ACCDB only)
Saved Import/Export Specifications
Salesforce and Dynamics 365 Update
Field Data Types 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Hyperlinks
Link to SharePoint Lists
Attachment Fields (ACCDB)
Multi-value Fields (ACCDB)
Memo Fields with History (ACCDB)
Memo Fields as HTML (ACCDB)
SQL Server BigInt
Features 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Command Bars
ActiveX Controls
Data Access Pages (DAP)
Pivot Charts / Pivot Tables
Smart Tags
Visual SourceSafe Integration
Upsizing Wizard
Package Solution Wizard
Form Conditional Formatting of Fields
Data Collection Emails
Report Output to PDF
Report View
Alternating Row Colors
Datasheet Totals
Datasheet Multi-Select Column Filtering
Simplified "Smart" Datasheet/Form Filtering
Form Navigation Caption
Form Buttons with Text and Image
Form Object Anchoring and Resizing
Date Picker
Web Browser Control
Image Control with Control Source
Split Forms
Navigation Forms
Windows Version 2019 2016 2013 2010 2007 2003 2002 2000 97 95 2.0 1.1 1.0
Windows 10 * * *
Windows 8.0/8.1 * * *
Windows 7.0/SP1 * *
Windows Vista SP1 * *
Windows XP SP3 SP2
Windows 2000 SP3
Windows 98
Windows NT 4.0 SP6 SP2 SP2
Windows NT 3.51 SP5
Windows 95
Windows 3.1
Windows 3.0

* not explicitly supported, but functional


Table Design

Query Design

Form Design

Form Tips and Mistakes

Module VBA to Forms and Controls

Form Navigation Caption

Resync Record in a Subform

Synchronize Two Subforms

Multiple OpenArgs Values

Late Bind Tab Subforms

Subform Reference to Control Rather than Field

Tab Page Reference

Shortcut Keys


Combo Box Top Tips

Properties and Validation

Select First Item

Cascading Combo Boxes

Zip, City, State AutoFill

Report Design

Suppress Page Headers and Footers on the First Page of Your Report

Add the NoData Event

Annual Monthly Crosstab Columns

Design Environment

Add Buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar

Collapse the Office Ribbon for more space

VBA Programming

Basics: Forms and Controls

Run VBA Code from a Macro

Use Nz() to Handle Nulls

Avoid Exits in the Body of a Procedure

Shortcut Debugging Keys

Set Module Options

Math Rounding Issues

Rename a File or Folder

Avoid DoEvents in Loops

Age Calculations

Weekday Math

Send Emails with DoCmd.SendObject

Source Code Library

Microsoft Access Modules Library

Microsoft Access Modules

VBA Error Handling

Error Handling and Debugging Techniques

Error Number and Description Reference

Basic Error Handling

Pinpointing the Error Line

Performance Tips

Linked Database

Subdatasheet Name

Visual SourceSafe

Deployment

Runtime Downloads

Simulate Runtime

Prevent Close Box

Disable Design Changes

Broken References

Remote Desktop Connection Setup

Terminal Services and RemoteApp Deployment

Reboot Remote Desktop

Missing Package & Deployment Wizard

Avoid Program Files Folder

Unavailable Mapped Drives

Microsoft Access Front-End Deployment

System Admin

Disaster Recovery Plan

Compact Database

Compact on Close

Database Corruption

Class Not Registered Run-time Error -2147221164

Inconsistent Compile Error

Decompile Database

Bad DLL Calling Convention

Error 3045: Could Not Use

Converting ACCDB to MDB

SQL Server Upsizing

Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upsizing Center

Microsoft Access to SQL Server Upsizing Center

When and How to Upsize Access to SQL Server

SQL Server Express Versions and Downloads

Cloud and Azure

Cloud Implications

MS Access and SQL Azure

Deploying MS Access Linked to SQL Azure

SQL Server Azure Usage and DTU Limits

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LightSwitch Introduction

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