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Welcome to Microsoft Office Access 2003

Access 2003, the eighth iteration of Microsoft’s desktop database management system, is a member of the newly christened Microsoft Office System 2003 and sports a new name—Microsoft Office Access 2003. Microsoft Office System 2003 includes the core Office 2003 applications—Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. The 2003 versions of stand-alone products, such as FrontPage, Publisher, Visio, and Project, plus the new InfoPath and OneNote applications, also gain Office System membership. On the server side, Windows SharePoint Services—formerly SharePoint Team Services—and SharePoint Portal Server fall under the Office System 2003 umbrella.

The goal of the new Office System brand is to reposition Microsoft’s dominant productivity application suite as software to facilitate collaboration between information workers. For example, Access 2003 can export tables or queries and link tables to or from SharePoint lists. InfoPath form templates can connect to Jet or Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE) databases directly. Another Microsoft Office System goal appears to be encouraging operating system upgrades—Office System 2003 will install only under Windows 2000 Professional or Server with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows XP Home or Professional, or any Windows Server 2003 version. Windows SharePoint Services run under Windows Server 2003 only. Windows NT, 98, 98SE, and Me users can’t use any members of Office System 2003.


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