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Chapter 32. Distributing Your Application > Why This Chapter Is Important

Why This Chapter Is Important

Many developers are responsible for designing applications that are distributed to many users. The most basic distribution option is to require each user to purchase a copy of Access and then simply provide each user with a copy of the database (MDB) files required for the application. The developer then can go to each user and configure the application appropriately.

Although distributing an application by copying it to each user's machine does not require much specialized knowledge on the part of the developer, it generally is not very practical. For example, in many situations, the developer is distributing an application to users dispersed throughout the country or even the world. Many Access applications are mass marketed to hundreds or even thousands of users. In these situations, it is mandatory to use a professional setup program to properly install the application. For these reasons, most developers distribute their applications using the Packaging Wizard, an important component of the Microsoft Office Developer Edition.


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