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Understanding the Access Runtime Engine

Many developers don't understand what Access has to offer out of the box and what the Microsoft Office XP Developer (MOD) tools can add to the picture. They often tell me, “I can't develop applications in Access because my company refuses to buy each user a copy of Access,” or “I'm going to buy the MOD so that I can compile my applications with the MOD tools.” These are just two of the many misconceptions about exactly what the MOD tools do and don't have to offer.

Features of the MOD

You do not need to buy a separate product to create runtime versions of your Access applications. As a developer, you will likely buy the MOD edition of Office, which includes Office Premium and a host of additional components. An important feature of the MOD edition of Office is a royalty-free distribution license. It allows you to distribute unlimited copies of your Access application; your users don't have to own separately licensed copies of Access. By using the MOD tools, you can create applications and distribute them to your users along with the necessary runtime engine. The MOD edition includes numerous additional tools that are covered in Chapter 18, “Taking Advantage of the Microsoft Office XP Developer.”


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