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Microsoft Access 2010 vs 2013: a quick look.
Feb - 18 - 2013

There are different ways to create and manage databases. The old fashioned way is to use pen and paper. A newer method is to manually code a database, requiring a detailed understanding of computer code and hours of time. To efficiently create and manage a database we recommend using Microsoft Access.

Microsoft Access is part of the popular Office software suite. Access is a database management system with its own version of relational database architecture called the Microsoft Jet Database Engine. To date, this particular database format is one of the most popular among businesses professionals. It has a unique graphical user interface, called Ribbon, that makes it easy to navigate through the database set-up process. Microsoft Access gives you the power to create, design, and implement a database quickly.

Has the release of Access 2013 radically changed the Access program? We will compare Access 2013 with Access 2010 so you can see some of the improvements of the new release.

Create New Database Option

MS Access 2010 Interface

MS Access 2013 interface

It’s clear that Microsoft Access 2013 has improved by adding new templates that one can access without using the search option. The 2010 version of Access provided some templates, but 2013 has more database templates suited for different kinds of work. The interface is also bigger and easier to navigate.

The Ribbon

MS Access Ribbon for separate versions

Not much of a change in terms of function, but again, the interface is abit different. The look and feel of the Ribbon matches the interface of the operating systems available during the release of that version of Access (2010 for Windows 7 and 2013 for Windows 8). This gives Microsoft products a very integrated look. The new Ribbon also makes it easier to find specific tools and minimizes menu clutter.

Data Transportation

Office 2013 boasts a new Office 365 and SkyDrive feature. One can now take their work to the internet without any hassle and no risk of losing data. This mobility is a huge plus for people constantly on the go.

Overall Functionality

As you can see, besides the look of the interface, there isn’t much change in Access functionality. The focus of  Access 2013 is to give users more efficient, user-friendly, and intuitive controls and menus via the new look of the Ribbon. Access expert bloggers Juan Soto and his friend Ben Clothier expounds more on the improvements that we can expect from the latest version of Access.

This new version of Access doesn’t change the capabilities of the program, it is only focused on raising the quality of work output while saving a lot of time through changes to it’s menus, the Ribbon, and improved sharing and options through the Office 360 and SkyDrive features. In this course, Mark Long will get you acquainted with Access 2013 and database creation. Enjoy!