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Total Access Startup for Microsoft Access 2007 Ships

Centrally Manage Access Databases and Versions

VIENNA, VA – March 13, 2008 — FMS is pleased to announce Total Access Startup 2007 is now shipping with support for Microsoft Access versions through Access 2007. Total Access Startup makes it easy to centrally manage Access databases and versions. Ideal for Access developers and network/database managers, Total Access Startup lets users seamlessly launch their Access applications and always use the latest version of their database with the right version of Access.

For best practices, Microsoft Access applications are usually divided into a front-end application database and a back-end data repository/database. For optimal performance, the front-end database is installed on each user's desktop. Making sure each user has the latest copy and is running the right version of Access can be challenging and time consuming.

Total Access Startup simplifies the process of distributing Access databases to every user's desktop and ensures the latest version is installed each time it's launched. Separate options are available for a first time installation versus an update if additional installation routines are required.

With multiple versions of Access on users' machines, launching the right version of Access is critical. Total Access Startup specifies which version of Access should be launched with the database and what to do if a user doesn't have that version installed.

Written in a lightweight manner that requires no dependencies on a user's machine, Total Access Startup creates a Windows shortcut that is distributed to each user to start the application. When launched, it checks the network to make sure the latest version of the database is installed and launches it with the right version of Access. This centralized management makes it easy to distribute upgrades and migrate between Access versions by making changes in one place.

"With Total Access Startup, developers can focus on enhancing their applications rather than the hassles of distributing them to each desktop every time," said Luke Chung, President of FMS. "Our enterprise customers have found Total Access Startup particularly beneficial and cost effective for distributing Access databases across their networks, while maintaining centralized control."

Total Access Startup was independently tested by Microsoft/VeriTest to meet Windows deployment standards, and is the only Microsoft Access specific product to receive this level of verification.

New Features

Total Access Startup was originally released in 2003 for Microsoft Access 2003. Many new features are in the 2007 release:

  • Microsoft Access 2007 support including the use of the new ACCDB database file format
  • Access Projects (ADPs) support, previously Total Access Startup only supported Access MDB databases
  • Ability to specify lower Access versions to use Access 2007, but if the user doesn't have it, to launch it with an earlier version of Access down to a version you specify.
  • User specific path variables for copies to be installed in the user's My Documents directory
  • An optional message to show the user when an update is installed
  • A new, professionally printed 60 page user manual

Availability and Pricing

Total Access Startup 2007 is available immediately from FMS and many resellers. Pricing is $499 per installation. One installation can be used to manage an unlimited number of databases called by an unlimited number of users on that network. A royalty-free, redistributable launcher is included for disconnected users.

Existing owners of Total Access Startup can upgrade for only $299. Total Access Startup is available via ESD and also comes with a professionally printed user manual and CD.

For more information on managing and launching the right version of Microsoft Access and your databases, visit the Total Access Startup product page.

About FMS

Founded in 1986, FMS is a privately held software firm located in Tysons Corner, Virginia. FMS is the world’s leading developer of products for Microsoft Access developers, and a top vendor of products for the SQL Server, Visual Studio .NET and Visual Basic communities. Committed to innovation and quality, all FMS products are developed by an in-house team of experts including several Microsoft MVPs, published authors, and frequent conference speakers. FMS is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a Microsoft Independent Software Vender, an Intel Early Access Program member, and member of the Visual Studio .NET Integration Program (VSIP).

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