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Is there a free "run-time" MS Access for Apple Macs?

Posted on 2012-03-22
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I have developed an Access 2007 "project" (.ADP) as a front-end to a SQL-Server 2005 Express database.

On each of my client's PCs I have installed a free "run-time" version of Access 2007 and an ".ADE" version of my Access application. The Access application connects to the SQL Server instance running on a Windows server.

One member of staff wants to use an Apple MacIntosh laptop. I know you can get MS Office for Macs but it looks like this does not include Access.

Does anyone know if there is a free "run-time" version of Microsoft Access 2007 that will run on a Mac?

Many thanks.
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There is no version of MS Access which will run directly on the Mac OS.

The only choice you have for running MS Access on a Mac is to install a copy of Windows, either using Apple's BootCamp or using virtual machine software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels. In either case you would have to pay for a copy of Windows.
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by:colinasad
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Thanks, strung.
That's all I wanted to know.
I think this user had used an installation of Windows on an older Mac laptop but wasn't happy with its reliability.
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If his old Mac was the old PPC Motorola chip version (G5 or older) it is understandable that he would not have been satisfied to run Windows on it. The old PPC chip Macs required an emulator, like Virtual PC, which was slow and unreliable.

The new Intel chip Macs will run Windows natively as fast or faster than a PC, so your user might want to revisit that possibility if he still has a licensed copy of Windows that he could transfer to his new Mac.
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by:adam1h
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Hello Colinasad, Strung,

The old laptop you are talking about is running parrallels 7, mac book air first generation.

It is not really quick and I suspect the hard drive is having some failure awaiting to pop up at some point.

I do't think either there is a run time version of access for mac for whatever reasons.

But ! there is one Parrallels license left in case we need to install XP/windows 7 onto a new mac. I hope this helps !

Best regards,
Yves
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Parallels should work fine on the new Mac as long as you have at least 4 gigs of RAM.
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