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The Microsoft Access 2016 runtime has been released.
The wait is over for Access 2016 Runtime. Here are the download links for the last 4 versions of the MS Access Runtime environment. Remember that you can use these runtime packages to deploy Access Applications free of charge. They make a great low cost solution for putting legacy Access applications on the internet, the iPad, and most Android devices WITHOUT the hassle and expense of conversion using our Remote Desktop Hosting and SQL 2012 Hosting Plans.
We recently stumbled onto a great uptime monitoring service to better service all of our access database servers and customers. This service will let you easily check if your Access web databases are online and available on both our SharePoint Access Services plans and our Remote Desktop hosting plans. This is a great tool for us to make sure that our uptime is to our high quality standards of 99.9% and for you to check if the problems that you are experiencing are just related to your username or Sharepoint site or is a wider issue for everyone on the server.
Access Hosting is proud to announce the availability of Apache OpenOffice on our low cost Remote Desktop Starter plan. The $19/month plan is now loaded with a great collection of free and productive business software from the MS Access runtime to Adobe Reader and OpenOffice. Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages.
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.
I still don’t get it
Let’s take a closer look at the famous Northwind Traders database in the Access 2013 runtime and the full version of Access.
As you can see this complex database easily opens in the Access Runtime and gives you access to everything that was designed in the Access App: create new customers, view invoices, etc. But you’ll notice that there is no Access ribbon and you cannot use the navigation and or see the database structure and design. There are really no tools beyond what is built within the database. I’m sure you can see the advantage of this type of security for Access developers. The Access Runtime makes it impossible for a user to alter their application and they can even have limited access to the database and records themselves.
Here is the same database in the full version of Access 2013. I have access to all of the tools in the ribbon. I can create new forms, queries, reports or view the tables and records directly using the left sidebar navigation menu. None of these features are available in the Access runtime.
The Access runtime only really has one menu that is included in every database – the file menu.
All this menu really lets you do is print the forms and reports that you are able to access in the secure stripped down version of the already developed Access database application. Conversely, the full version of Access lets you create new databases, edit and save databases, print and much more from it’s file menu:
Hopefully this has helped you figure out what the Runtime is all about. If the limited nature of the runtime works for you, then our $19 RDP hosting plan should work for you and your already developed Access database. If you are more comfortable with the full paid version of Access installed on your computer, then you will want to go with our $29/month remote desktop hosting plan.
Problem: I just uploaded my database to remote desktop and when i open it, I get a blank Microsoft Access page
We have received a lot of these support tickets lately for users that have signed up for the RDP starter plan. Remember that the starter plan does not include the full version of Access – but rather the Access Runtime. The Runtime does not have the same feature set as the full version of Access. One of the differences, is that it lacks the left-side navigation to jump between forms making it essential that you set a start-up form in your Access Database BEFORE uploading it to your RDP Starter plan. Developers often create a home navigation form that allows users to jump around within a runtime app but as long as you have set some kind of start-up form, when you upload your database it will not be blank when you open it on the RDP Starter Plan.
How do I set a Startup Form in my Access Database?
Of course, if you would like to use the Full Version of Access – you can sign up for a Free Trial of our Access Pro plan here.
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Breaking News: You no longer need to purchase third party software to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to our Remote Desktop Hosting Service . You can now run the Access Runtime (2010 or 2013), Access 2007, Access 2010 (32 and 64 bit) and Access 2013 (32 and 64 bit) on all these devices with a FREE app. Wow.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android – Remote Desktop for Android download
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092 – Remote Desktop for iOS download
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417 – Remote Desktop for OS X download
Remote Desktop Hosting Information and Free Trial Offer: http://accesshosting.com/remote-desktop-hosting
If your device is not supported for any reason (Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and the Silk Browser come to mind) you can still run these apps inside any HTML5 browser using our Power RDP solution http://accesshosting.com/power-rdp-run-native-access-applications-browser
It looks like the era of Access Anywhere has arrived. And it is the REAL Access you know and love – not the Access Web stuff that requires rewriting your existing applications.
One common gripe among MS Access 2007, Access 2010, and Access 2013 users is the security warning that is displayed every time you open a database from a non-trusted location. The error looks like this:
To compound the issue, many people use the Access Runtime which makes it even harder to create or add trusted locations.
Thankfully, there is a fix from the Access Community – the addpath utility. To use this little gem just put it in the location you want to trust and double click to run these small access security warnings downloads. That’s it.
AddPath2010 – For Access 2010
AddPath2013 – For Access 2013