Future of Access 32 & 64 bit OS

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-20

I heard that Microsoft was going to phase out Access by simply not upgrading the program to run on 64 bit OS.

Because nearly all OS are 64 bit, users will no longer be able to use Access because it's designed for 32 bit.

Is this true?

Question by:kannika
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    by:John Hurst
    Microsoft (and other vendors) are having issues with 64-bit applications because 64-bit applications assume all applications around them are also 64-bit. That is almost never true at this point. So even Microsoft continues to recommend Office 32-bit (at least the last time I looked).

    Office 2010 Professional 32-bit (which includes Access) works perfectly well in Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. I use Windows 7 pro 64-bit and Office 2010 Professional 32-bit myself and it works fine.

    I have not yet seen whether there is an Office 2013 Professional and if so, it it includes Access. But at least you are OK with Office 2010 for the near term.

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    "I heard that Microsoft was going to phase out Access"
    STOP. False.  Not going to happen.

    "Because nearly all OS are 64 bit, users will no longer be able to use Access because it's designed for 32 bit. "
    Again, false.  Our LARGE enterprise company is currently deploying Win7 x64 across the enterprise ... with O2010 x 32.  Trust me, there a no issues per se.

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    Office Professional 2013 Preview is also in x32 and x64 versions. Access is among other applications. I have time only to open some old DBs and they are working
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    by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
    There is one gotcha here though; there will be no 64 bit OLEDB drivers for JET 4.0.  In other words, if you want to use a 64 bit version of Access, you will either need a database in ACE format or you will have to use the old OLEDB provider, which is 32 bits (but that does work under 64 bit Access as it works through WOW services).

     What that means in terms of restrictions is not clear yet, but I don't think it will impact anything significantly if you want to remain with the older format but still use 64 bit Office.

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    by:DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Access MVP)
    "Trust me, there a no issues per se."
    Trust me, there no issues per se.

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