Microsoft Access System being discontinued?

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I am looking for a way to create a database and all of my research is leading me to wanting to build a Microsoft Access based database. It seems as though this program would fulfill all my needs for my project, however, whenever I bring it up to colleagues, or search online for news, I keep seeing that the system is going to be discontinued and that I should avoid it, as I will soon have to find an alternative anyway.

Can you confirm if this is true or not? I am having trouble finding a press-release, or news article from Microsoft directly about this topic.

Thank you kindly.

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No. It is an integral part of MS Office with a very large user base.

Despite rumours for at least a decade about its imminent demise, Access will remain part of Office for many years to come and there is a road plan for future developments.

I want to add my comments on this unfounded rumor that keeps coming up.

Access is NOT going away in the near future. I think this rumor first came up two days after Access version 1.0 was released, and it's been false ever since.


I think there are two sources for it. One, jealous competitors., Two, uninformed IT people who don't want to admit that Access is so successful. 


We all know that IT often looks down on Access, sometimes with good reason, unfortunately. And that can lead IT people to want to believe in this false rumor.

Competitors have a self-interest in spreading it.

At a recent live on-line meeting, Ebo Quansah, who heads up the Access development team at Microsoft, outlined current plans for at least the next generation of Access. I think we can trust his word over the rumor-mongers.