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Microsoft Access Version Comparison

Major differences between Access versions from Access 2000 to Access 2013

Microsoft released Access 1.1 in 1992.  In the years that have followed, Access has undergone several major changes that impact the way Access database applications are created and managed.  The comparison table below provides the major highlights between Access 2000 and 2013. 


 Access 2000Access 2002Access 2003Access 2007Access 2010Access 2013
Year Released1999200120032007June 2010January 2013
Database Engine(s)Microsoft Jet Database Engine (32-bit only)Microsoft Jet Database Engine (32-bit only)Microsoft Jet Database Engine (32-bit only)Access Database Engine  (32-bit only)Access Database Engine  (32-bit and 64-bit)Access Database Engine  (32-bit and 64-bit)
Workgroup Security(only for old 'mdb' file formats)(only for old 'mdb' file formats)(only for old 'mdb' file formats)
Database EncryptionAccess-specific weak encryptionAccess-specific weak encryptionAccess-specific weak encryptionWindows Cryptographic API (accdb only)Windows Cryptographic API (accdb only)Windows Cryptographic API (accdb only)
Access Data Projects(limited)(limited) 
Data Access Pages   
Alternating row shading   
Conditional formatting of fields
Multi-value combo box fields   
Share Point List integration
Publish Access forms to the web with Share Point    
Attachment fields   
User MenusMenu barMenu barMenu barOffice Fluent RibbonOffice Fluent RibbonOffice Fluent Ribbon
Memo fields with history   
UI Macros
Data Macros    
Macro/VBA securitySimple low/medium/high for all databasesSecurity prompt for each databaseSecurity prompt for each databaseOffice Trust Center (folder level)Office Trust Center (file or folder level)Office Trust Center (file or folder level)
       
Official name
    version
Access 2000
9.0
Access 2002 (XP)
10
Access 2003
11
Microsoft Office Access 12Microsoft Office Access
14
Microsoft Office Access 15
Last service pack releasedSP3SP3SP3SP3SP2SP1
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