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Why use Microsoft Access 2010

Updated on April 15, 2012

Why use Microsoft Access 2010

I have an old Microsoft Access database – and have recently upgraded my PC, so thought I’d upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Access too. However, before I spent some hard earned money on a new copy of Microsoft Access, I thought I’d see whether I should get a fee database provider instead; I’ve heard a lot about MySQL, so thought I’d have a little look at this.

In the end Microsoft Access 2010 proved to be better for me, and I’ll tell you why:

Why choose Microsoft Access 2010 instead of MySQL


I only use the database on one machine, although occasionally copy the database onto my laptop to work elsewhere. So, whichever database I used had to be portable. Microsoft Access 2010 wins here, as it’s a “file based database”, so can easily be copied from one machine to another.

Ability to amend data in tables

I like to jump in and amend data in the tables without having to use SQL or some such. Microsoft Access 2010 is very visual – so allows data and tables to be amended quickly (find and replace, that sort of thing)

Connection string for .NET

.NET is my programming environment of choice, so whichever database was used needed to have a connection string to allow .NET to connect to this database. Now, I had all sorts of problems working out whether MySQL could do this; and eventually gave up! So Microsoft Access 2010 wins here (if you’ve got a 64 bit machine, you may be interested in this hub about sorting out MS Access connection string issues with Visual Studio Express)

The only downside with Microsoft Access 2010 is that it costs money!

Please note, I’m saying that Microsoft Access 2010 is better than MySQL – only that it suited my needs more. When choosing a database manager for yourself, you’ll need to weigh up what you want to achieve.


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    • Julester profile image

      Julester 5 years ago from England

      Hi TheITNinja - I didn't look at SQLite. Sounds like it could be good. I've only purchased one copy of MS Access, so haven’t made any use of the portability aspect I was looking for. I’ll take SQLite for a test drive and see what happens.

      Thanks for your feedback!

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      TheITNinja 5 years ago from London

      I would that SQLite is an even better solution. It is also a file based system, doesn't even require any "installation".

      Even browsers such as Google Chrome use SQLite under the "hood".

      In terms of using a GUI to edit the data. You can use many free ones.

      I recall one that was literally a few kilobytes and connects to many, many different databases Including SQLite.

      It is free, and has binding API for almost all programming languages.

      So, in terms of portability and ease of use, I would say that SQLite + ultralight weight database GUI is FAR better than MS Access 2010 (which is propriety format).

      You can literally drop two or more files onto your system and go.