Do you need full MS Access to create/modify Access databases or do you only need Access runtime to allow users to only run existing Access databases. If you only need Access Runtime, you can save on Office licensing fees.
Riptide Hosting can provide Microsoft licensing for the full version of Access 2019, Access 2016, Access 2013) / 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 Microsoft 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 2013 Runtime download from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39358
Office 365 Runtime for Access 2019 download from Microsoft (note: cannot co-exist with regular Office 2016/2019 so only use if no other Office project is installed) https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Download-and-install-Office-365-Access-Runtime-185c5a32-8ba9-491e-ac76-91cbe3ea09c9
The description of Runtime from the Microsoft Download Center for 2016 Runtime is copied in here:
“The Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime enables you to distribute Access 2016 applications to users who do not have the full version of Access 2016 installed on their computers.”
“Microsoft Access 2016 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 2016 solutions so that they run without requiring a full installation of Access 2016. To do so, you must package and distribute your application with the Access 2016 Runtime.
The Access 2016 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 2016 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