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MS Excel is a spreadsheet application. Its primary function is to facilitate the solving and representation of business/finance problems. MS Access is a database. Its primary function is to store data.


Microsoft Access, also known as Microsoft Office Access, is a database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools.

Microsoft Access 1. A {relational database} running under {Microsoft Windows}. Data is stored as a number of "{tables}", e.g. "Stock". Each table consists of a number of "{records}" (e.g. for different items) and each record contains a number of "{fields}", e.g. "Product code", "Supplier", "Quantity in stock". Access allows the user to create "{forms}" and "reports". A form shows one record in a user-designed format and allows the user to step through records one at a time. A report shows selected records in a user-designed format, possibly grouped into sections with different kinds of total (including sum, minimum, maximum, average). There are also facilities to use links ("{joins}") between tables which share a common field and to filter records according to certain criteria or search for particular field values. Version: 2 (date?). {Usenet} newsgroup: {news:comp.databases.ms-access}. 2. A communications program from Microsoft, meant to compete with {ProComm} and other programs. It sucked and was dropped. Years later they reused the name for their database. [Date?] (1997-07-20)


Microsoft Excel is a commercial spreadsheet application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

Microsoft Excel A {spreadsheet} program from {Microsoft}, part of their {Microsoft Office} suite of productivity tools for {Microsoft Windows} and {Macintosh}. Excel is probably the most widely used spreadsheet in the world. Current version: Excel 97, as of 1997-01-14. {Home (http://www.microsoft.com/msexcel/)}. [Feature summary? History?] (1997-01-14)

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  • microsoft-access: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • microsoft-excel: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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