Microsoft Office 2003 Editions: Overview of Developer TechnologiesSeptember 2004
run. As long as the solution code remains in the cache, the solution can work offline. When connected and when a new version is placed on the server, the new version is downloaded to update the local cached copy.
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Access 2003 Runtime
Access provides a rich platform for developing database management solutions. To distribute those Access solutions so that they run without requiring a full installation of Access, you can package and distribute your application with the Access 2003 Runtime. The Access 2003 Runtime is essentially a full version of Access 2003, but with certain design-time features disabled.
Access 2003 Runtime Benefits
The Access 2003 Runtime allows you to build powerful, Access-based solutions and use the royalty-free Runtime to distribute them without customers needing to purchase additional licenses of Access software. Besides the obvious benefit of cost efficiency for the customer and maximizing profit for the developer, Access Runtime solutions are easier for you to deploy and update since you can manage your solution without being concerned about what version of Office a customer may have.
Access 2003 Runtime Technology
The Access 2003 Runtime license allowing royalty-free distribution comes with the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions, which is a component of Visual Studio Tools for Office version 2003. A developer who is licensed for this product can bundle a solution (.mdb files and any other support files) with the Access 2003 Runtime and distribute it to as many users as necessary. There is no limit to the number of distributions or the number of Access Runtime solutions that you can create using one license. The physical runtime files are included with Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition or Microsoft Office Access 2003, so you must also own a copy of one of these products, although this is not a requirement for the end customer. The Package Wizard which comes with the Access 2003 Developer Extensions helps you create a professional installation package for the solution.
The Access 2003 Runtime is, in essence, Microsoft Office Access 2003, but with a few key features disabled. A user with an Access 2003 Runtime solution installed instead of full Access can open and run the solution (either an .mdb file or, with a few extra steps, a SQL Server back-end database) but does not see the Database Window and cannot switch the view of any Access object to the Design view.
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Learn the basics for building Access 2003 Runtime-based solutions:
Understand how to obtain and deploy the Access 2003 runtime:
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