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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 2000 Access 2002 Access 2003 Access 2007 Access 2010 Access 2013
Year Released 1999 2001 2003 2007 June 2010 January 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 Encryption Access-specific weak encryption Access-specific weak encryption Access-specific weak encryption Windows 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 Menus Menu bar Menu bar Menu bar Office Fluent Ribbon Office Fluent Ribbon Office Fluent Ribbon
Memo fields with history      
UI Macros
Data Macros        
Macro/VBA security Simple low/medium/high for all databases Security prompt for each database Security prompt for each database Office 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 12 Microsoft Office Access
14
Microsoft Office Access 15
Last service pack released SP3 SP3 SP3 SP3 SP2 SP1
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