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Running your Access application on the Kindle Fire can be accomplished in just a few simple steps.
Here’s what to do:
1. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop APK and move it over to the Kindle Fire via USB or emailing it to yourself. Note that this is a zip file and you will need to unzip it before moving it over.
2. Change your default Android Kindle settings to allow This is known as “sideloading” your application into Android. You may need to setup the Kindle to accept unknown applicaitons first by doing this:
Click your settings tab
Navigate to Applications
and allow applications to be installed from unknown sources (set to On)
3. Install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application to your Kindle. You can do this by navigating to your Downloads folder (if you emailed it to yourself) or the folder that you placed it in via your USB connection. We’ve found the free ES File Explorer app to be incredible helpful way to browse your Kindle’s Harddrive.
3. Pin the newly installed Microsoft Remote Desktop application to your home screen
4. Configure the Remote Desktop Connection. If you are using our Remote Desktop Hosting Service this information will be provided via email.
5. Connect the Remote Desktop and run your Access application. Our Remote Desktop Hosting Service is available for Access 2007/2010/2013 and the Access 2010/2013 Runtime
This new version of the Remote Desktop client supports all of the Kindle gestures and features easy to navigate keyboard and mouse touch screen equivalents. Your users will find that the Access .mdb and .accdb applications they know and love work just fine on the Android Kindle Fire Tablet.
How can I load my Access database into the remote desktop session?
There are 2 ways to accomplish this. 1) Use a Copy/Paste from your local machine into the remote session 2) Look under the “Computer” icon in the remote session. You should see your local drive displayed
Can I have multiple concurrent users accessing the same database?
Sure – if you purchase more than one instance of the remote desktop we can provide a networks storage location that can be mapped as a Z: (or any other letter) drive and used for the backend of your Access Database. We charge a one-time non-recurring $99 setup fee to create this mapped shared drive.
How do I connect my Macintosh to the Access Application in the Remote Desktop?
The Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Macintosh OSX can be downloaded at no charge from http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads
How do I connect my iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, or Android tablet to the Access Application in the Remote Desktop?
We recommend purchasing www.jumpdesktop.com from the App Store to connect your iOS or Android devices to the remote desktop
How can I backup my Access database?
We recommend that you regularly copy your database from your remote session to your local computer for backups, but we also provide automated backup to Amazon S3 storage for $20/month.
Can I use a local printer?
Yes. Any printers that are locally attached via on LPT port are fully supported. Printers that are connected via your local network or USB are also supported but need to be mapped into a local LPT port before they are visible to the remote desktop session. The command to do this looks something like net use lpt3 \servernameprinter /persistent:yes. Do this before connecting to the remote session and the printer should be visible.
Can multiple users share a single remote desktop instance?
Yes, but only one user can be connected at a time. If your users connect at different times during the day they can share a single remote desktop instance. You will want to purchase the maximum number of simultaneous concurrent users that you will need.
I was able to get my hands on a Blackberry Playbook today and had a chance to test our SharePoint service and Hosted Microsoft Access Databases. I am happy to report that the browser that the Blackberry Playbook uses seems to be completely compatible with SharePoint 2010. I was able to login to our demo site and load our Contacts Web Database right on the Blackberry Playbook. I took a quick snapshot on my phone of the database working on the Playbook. Very cool!
A lot of people have been asking us about getting their Access Hosting Application and SharePoint 2010 site working on their Android Phone or Android Tablet. Let me start off by saying that we have not tested every Android device out there (there are a lot), but we have been successful getting our own simple hosted web contacts database working on a variety of Android phones.
The key problem that people run into when using Android is that the default browser is not supported by Microsoft SharePoint and blocks the authentication prompt. The fix is very simple. Download the free Mozilla FireFox browser from the Android Marketplace.
Mozilla FireFox is a fully supported browser by Microsoft for SharePoint 2010 and while every SharePoint feature may not work on the phone, you certainly can view all your Access web forms, reports, and queries.