Unless you’re an Access developer, you’ve probably never used the Access Runtime before. Since our basic RDP hosting plan comes with only the runtime, we get a lot of questions about what the runtime is and how it is different from the version of Access on their computer and which remote desktop hosting plan would work best for their Access database. Hopefully, this post will help steer you in the right direction.
What is the Access Runtime?
Microsoft describes the runtime as such, “The Microsoft Access Runtime enables you to distribute Access applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2013 installed on their computers.” It’s a free download from Microsoft as opposed to part of the expensive Office Professional suit that includes the full and powerful version of Access that Access developers have installed on their desktops. It’s the equivalent of Adobe Reader – it lets you open PDFs and is free, but lacks many of the features found in Adobe Acrobat. If you want to do anything of meaning in Access or if you’re an Access developer, you want the paid, full version of the program. The runtime is intended to be used with already designed databases so data-entry and other users can simply open your database file and interact with your forms and access application.
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