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I have been issued a laptop that has MS Office 2003 Standard loaded on it. I am looking to load MS Access to this laptop and assume that the best decision is to load Access 2007. Is Access 2007 backwards compatible with databases I created in Access 2002 and 2003?
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>>I am looking to load MS Access to this laptop and assume that the best decision is to load Access 2007.

That depends.  If you are going to be working with Sharepoint also, then this may be true.  If not, you
may want to pause.

>>Is Access 2007 backwards compatible with databases I created in Access 2002 and 2003?

Yes and no.  Access 2007 can open files created in A2000, A2002, and A2003.  However, if you create
a file in the new accdb format, earlier versions cannot read it.

You can create a new file in A2007, and save it as a MDB using either the A2000 or A2002/2003 file
type, and the earlier versions of Access should open those.
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