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MS Access Services retired in Office 365 and Sharepoint Online – Look at MS Access Hosting with Riptide Hosting

 

Microsoft announced earlier this year that  Access-based web apps and Access web databases in Office 365 and SharePoint Online will be shut down by April, 2018.  See link here:

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Access-Services-in-SharePoint-Roadmap-497fd86b-e982-43c4-8318-81e6d3e711e8?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

This does not affect Access Desktop databases (.accdb).

One alternative you should consider is use of a Windows Remote Desktop Server with Access or Access runtime installed.  Riptide Hosting has been providing terminal server (remote desktop) hosting solutions for over 15 years.  Contact us to discuss pricing and options. 

Access Runtime on our Remote Desktop (Terminal) Servers

Do you need MS Access licensing when running your application on a Remote Desktop Server?  Not if your Access install includes the access run time also known as Microsoft Access Database Engine Redistributable.  With this method the Access Runtime will be installed along with your application.

Riptide Hosting can provide Microsoft licensing for the full version of Access (2016,2013,2010) / Office Professional which is best if you need the full features of Access including creating and editing the database tables and forms– see our pricing calculators for current pricing.

Microsoft also offers MS Access Runtime as a FREE download which may be an option depending on your situation, for example if you have already created a database application which has forms to input and manipulate the data. Runtime is limited to running an already existing/created Access application. An access developer who develops an access application can install the application on computers and servers using the free Microsoft Access runtime rather than licensing Access for each computer.

Links to download 2016/2016/2010 Access Runtime (Redistributable) are below:

Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime download from Microsoft https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50040

Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime download from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10910
Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime download from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39358

The description of Runtime from the Microsoft Download Center for 2013 Runtime is copied in here:
“The Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime enables you to distribute Access 2013 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2013 installed on their computers. Microsoft Access 2013 provides a rich platform for developing database management solutions with easy-to-use customization tools. If no end-user customization is required (including report modifications), you can choose to distribute those Access 2013 solutions so that they run without requiring a full installation of Access 2013. To do so, you must package and distribute your application with the Access 2013 Runtime.

The Access 2013 Runtime is similar to previous runtimes in that all design-related UI is either removed or disabled.

You do not need to buy any special product in order to redistribute the Access 2013 Runtime. You can freely redistribute it or point users to this download.”

Below is a link for “Access for developers” from Microsoft’s MSDN site as additional reference: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905400

Remote Desktop sessions varying speed opening database reports

Windows Server 2008R2 with remote desktop services role (terminal services) and Access database

We recently had a user notice that database reports would open up at different speeds in different remote desktop sessions. After trying many different things, it was determined that printer redirection was causing some sessions to open database reports more slowly than others and the reports would open much faster if printer redirection was unchecked under local resources when making the remote desktop connection.