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Part 1: Learning Access Fundamentals > Access 97 for Access 95 and 2.0 Users: W...

Chapter 1. Access 97 for Access 95 and 2.0 Users: What's New

Access 97 is a member of the Microsoft Office 97 Professional software suite that consists of second-generation, 32-bit versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Binder, plus the first iteration of Microsoft Outlook. Most users acquire Access 97 by upgrading from Office 4.x or Office 95, or through purchase of Office 97 Professional licenses. The Office 97 Professional CD-ROM includes the Office 97 ValuPack, a collection of supplemental files for each Office member. The Office 97 Developer Edition (ODE), which replaces the Access Developer's Toolkit (ADT) of Access 95 and 2.0, lets you distribute runtime versions of your Access 97 applications. The ODE includes all the components of the Professional Edition; if you already have Office 97 Professional Edition, you can buy an ODE upgrade. You also can purchase a stand-alone version of Access 97.

This chapter begins with a capsule summary of what's new in Access 97 and the features that Microsoft introduced in Access 95. Access 95 needs to be discussed in a book about Access 97 because many Access 2.0 (and even 1.x) users skipped the Access 95 release. The chapter concludes with sections devoted to installing Access 97 with the newly revised Setup application of the Office 97 Professional CD-ROM, adding ValuPack components, installing the Office Developer Edition files from the Office 97 Resource Kit and Office 97 Developer Tools CD-ROM, and updating Access 97 with Office 97 Service Release 1. In all the following chapters of this book, the "Best of 97" icon, shown next to this paragraph, indicates a new or altered feature. Because this chapter is devoted primarily to the new features of and improvements to Access 97, the icon appears only once in this chapter.

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This chapter assumes that you're familiar with Access 2.0 and, to a lesser extent, with Access 95. If you're a new Access user, consider skipping to the section Installing Access 97 near the end of this chapter. After you work your way through the first four parts of this book (Chapters 2 through 18), you're likely to find most of the "What's New" information presented here to be more meaningful.



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