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Chapter 1. Access 97 for Access 95 and 2... > Analyzing Access 97's Enhancements a...

Analyzing Access 97's Enhancements and Changes

Microsoft is determined to move all users of 16-bit Windows 3.1+ to 32-bit Windows 95 or, better yet, Windows NT Workstation 4.0. During a Microsoft briefing for security analysts, Bill Gates described the software market as an "annuity business," which explains (at least in part) the almost-annual updates to Microsoft Office and, thus, to Microsoft Access. Many large organizations, especially those with thousands of PCs, decided not to pay the 1995-96 annuity premium for the Windows 95 upgrade, opting to stay with "tried-and-true" Windows 3.1+ and Microsoft Office 4.x.

PC vendors installed Windows 95 on about 80 percent of all new PCs delivered after August 1995, but sales of Windows 95 and its 32-bit applications to corporations and other large organizations didn't meet distributors' early expectations. The reluctance to upgrade existing PCs stemmed from the cost of adding 8M or more of RAM and large disk drives to accommodate Windows 95's and 32-bit applications' bigger footprints. Many purchasers of new PCs required suppliers to install Windows for Workgroups 3.11, so as to avoid the need to provide help desk support for two different operating systems.


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