Microsoft no longer supports MS Access?
Just recently, I was visiting a prospective customer that said to me, “I was under the impression that Microsoft no longer supports MS Access; is that true?” To say the least, I was floored, so I inquired as to how he had come by this information. His response was that his IT person had told him that. First let me say, this is absolutely NOT true. This is another case of Cliff Notes Gone Bad. Apparently, sometime in 2002 Microsoft released its end of support/lifecycle schedule and Access, since it was a stand-alone product, was on the list. Actually, it was Access 97, 2000 & Access 2002. With this glaring report in hand someone wrote an article stating “Support Ends For Microsoft Access!” and the rumor was born that Access is dead.
If you search the internet and look for articles announcing the end of Access, you will find that they are few and far between and all of the ones I was able to readily locate were from people asking in forums that same question: “Is Microsoft Ending Support for Access?” All of the responses were, in fact, “No, Microsoft is not ending support for Access.” Now let me clarify, that is ending support for Access as a product. Microsoft routinely ends support of versions of its office products such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Access. If you navigate to Microsoft’s website, you will see a chart disclosing the lifecycle of various version of Access. I have included this table, which was the latest updated version at the time of this publication. You will notice that Access 2013 released in January 2013 has a support end date of April 2023.
Products Lifecycle Mainstream Extended Service Pack
Released Start Date Support End Support Support End
Date End Date Date
Microsoft 1/9/2013 4/10/2018 4/11/2023
Access 2010 7/15/2010 10/13/2015 10/13/2020
Access 2007 1/27/2007 10/9/2012 10/10/2017 1/13/2009
Access 2003 11/27/2003 4/14/2009 4/8/2014
Access 2002 5/31/2001 7/11/2006 7/12/2011
Access 2000 6/7/1999 6/30/2004 7/14/2009
Access 97 1/16/1997 1/31/2004 Not Applicable
Access 95 8/24/1995 12/31/2001 Not Applicable
My sources, meaning the internet, tell me that Microsoft has increased it development team responsible for Access and the next version Access 2016 is in development. This information comes from the blog http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/is-access-being-discontinued and a response from Bob Larson, who is a well-known and respected Access MVP (Most Valuable Professional) states “…the proof is that it is included in Office 2013 and the next version – Access 16 is in development (As an MVP I met with the Access Development Team in February and, according to them, it is alive as it ever was).”
So rest your fears. I can find no supporting documentation that Access is being dumped from the Microsoft Office lineup. Although support of “versions” of Access end Access as a program is definitely here to stay.