The newest version of Microsoft Access marks the introduction of a new file format which uses the file extension of .accdb. In addition to this new format, however, Microsoft Access 2007 continues to provide support for many of the file formats used in earlier versions of the database program. Even so, it is recommended that users of Access 2007 use the new .accdb file format whenever possible, in order to take advantage of the many new features and benefits it provides.
The new .accdb file format includes a number of new product enhancements and features. When a new database is created using Access 2007, the file is saved as an .accdb file by default. This new file format should be used whenever possible since the format supports a number of new features and benefits, including multiple value fields and the addition of attachments in various formats.
It is important to keep in mind, however, the at an Access file saved in .accdb format cannot be linked to or opened in older versions of the program. If the database will be used by users of previous versions of Access, it should be saved in .mdb format.
When possible, however, it is a good idea to take advantage of the power of the .accdb format. This new format includes such enhancements as:
Microsoft Access is an application used to create small and midsize computer desktop databases for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. It can also be used as a database server for a web-based application.
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