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Part 1: Understanding Microsoft Access > What Is Microsoft Access?

Chapter 1. What Is Microsoft Access?

What Is a Database?3
Microsoft Access as an RDBMS6
Microsoft Access as an Application Development System11
Deciding to Move to Database Software13


If you’re a serious user of a personal computer, you’ve probably been using word processing or spreadsheet applications to help you solve problems. You might have started a long time ago with character-based products running under MS-DOS but subsequently upgraded to software that runs under the Microsoft Windows operating system. You might also own some database software, either as part of an integrated package such as Microsoft Works or as a separate program.


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