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Microsoft Access now included in Office 365 Business and Business Premium with new enhancements

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As businesses of all sizes come to realize the value of data analytics to inform decision-making, many are also discovering the need for database solutions like Microsoft Access to help collect, organize and share data, as well as create reports that deliver valuable insights.

That’s why we’re pleased to announce today that Microsoft Access is now included in the Office 365 Business and Business Premium plans—designed to meet the needs of small and mid-size businesses. We’re also introducing an additional set of data sources that can be integrated with Access for Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 subscribers.

Read on to learn more.

Database management for companies of all sizes—large and small

Access is a great database management solution for small businesses because it makes collecting and storing data accessible on the desktop—without requiring support from an IT administrator. Access enables users to develop business applications, collect and analyze data from multiple sources, and track any kind of data, from a customer contact list to robust asset management.

Soon, Access will be rolling out to Office 365 Business and Business Premium subscribers. Access will be automatically installed for these customers as part of their next regular Office client update, rolling out between December 1, 2016 and January 30, 2017. Access will continue to be included in the Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 plans.

*Please note: Customers who have updates set to the Deferred Channel will receive this update in June 2017. To learn more about the Deferred Channel, see Overview of update channels for Office 365 ProPlus.

New data sources in Access

A set of new enterprise data connectors will roll out to Microsoft Access in early 2017. These new connectors include OData Feed, Dynamics CRM, Salesforce and Amazon Redshift and will be available for customers with Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 plans. These new connectors will enable customers to integrate and extend Access into other line of business solutions and databases.

This is just the beginning—there are even more new data sources on the way. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback about Access. Please share your suggestions or submit requests for desired data sources on the Access UserVoice site.

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20 comments
    • The Mac OS cannot yet support Microsoft Publisher, Access, Visio or Project.

  1. Kind of funny, seeing how you removed Access from these plans just a couple of years ago. Decision not proving popular, then?

    • Indeed. But I am very glad Microsoft have been prepared to do a U turn on this, ….and that just about overrides being livid that after they zapped Access and zapped the Midsize Business plan we paid out for single app licenses and now we won’t need them and our plan is almost identical to the one they stopped.

  2. Just make ProPlus available in all business/enterprise plans. No one outside of Microsoft enjoys keeping up with all these SKUs.

    • It might be nice if we could subscribe to get email notifications on posts to the Access Team Blog, or Office Blogs in general (with a filter).

      Given that you’ve only posted four times this year I don’t check this blog unless someone posts elsewhere about a post here. But as an Access Developer, I would like to get the news ASAP.

    • I think Mike makes a very good point.

      I don’t understand the delay for the deferred channel, surely you should align the release to the deferred channel with the same version released to the deferred channel of E3/Plus

  3. “Microsoft Access now included in Office 365”
    I don’t see it as an available download in our Office 365 Business Premium accounts.
    “now included” shouldn’t mean next year.

  4. Yes! I was super disappointing when we a few months back here in Australia “upgraded” our Office 365 account via Telstra to find that Microsoft Access had been dropped from Business Premium. I’m very happy to see it back.

    Is there an ETA for Australian O365 Premium Business subscribers?

  5. Connectors isn’t the only missing thing in Access. Actually, I was thinking that your silence since 2013 will be followed by announcing killing Access. Other products are getting monthly features while access is totally forgotten. Thanks for giving some attention to millions of users.

    Anyhow, is Access Web Apps still on your roadmap to develop? I like PowerApps CDM but they are spreadsheets more than database, and since 2013 I have migrated all my business data to SQL azure via AWA. Should I expect new features for AWB?

  6. Welcome news. Was a long time Access user before upgrading to Office365 Business. Be good to update my Access 2013 applications.

  7. Hi there,
    if a customer buy today a subscription of Business or Business premium, will received Acess on 1st December as well?

  8. At the end of the blog, it says we to refer to Access UserVoice. Actually I am active there since day one, and can confirm that we wait months to receive a little response from Microsoft on an issue, that sometimes no current plans, or under review, but never seen a real feedback taken into consideration. All other Office products, PowerApps and Flow, Planner etc receives immediate feedback and we there feel quick actions. In Access it is almost a silence. Do you have plans to give Access real attention equal its brothers and sisters?

  9. This looks like a step in the right direction – MS Access is a brilliant product

  10. Aside from legacy use, which probably requires an older version of access

    Who still uses access and what for?

    • Let’s not forget that MS Access is a relational database product and is great for building bespoke desktop database applications. Whilst MS Access does have its limits in some areas, these can often be overcome: i.e. on scalability the back-end data can be moved to SQL Server or Azure SQL Server and MS Access retained for the front-end application.

      So what can Access be used for – practically anything. Personally I develop or support a lot of warehouse management systems, CRMs, Case Management, Time Logging/Recording and Reporting solutions for small to large businesses in both the public and private sector.

  11. Does this mean that Access Services will be enabled in the SharePoint tenant we get with Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions? Great to see Access finally getting some love – I honestly thought it was going to be left to die a slow lingering death!

  12. Where can I download it from then?
    It’s not showing in the Software section of portal.office.com

  13. Hello.
    Office 365 Business and Business Premium plans will have the same Office Desktop like Office 365 ProPlus, E3 and E5 subscribers or is different?… My question is related to Remote Desktop Services solutions, because today is only available with Plan have “Office ProPlus”.

    Thanks
    Regards

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