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Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by SusanM, Jul 28, 2006.

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  1. SusanM

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    6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.

    I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.

    thank you! Susan
     
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  3. Douglas J Steele

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    Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy to see what it
    means. In a nutshell, the only patches Microsoft is going to produce for
    Access 2000 now are security-related updates.

    You might also want to check http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeoffice/ and
    http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?sort=PN&alpha=access+2000

    Access 2003, part of Office 2003, is the current version of Access. A new
    version, Access 2007 (part of Office 2007) will be coming out early in 2007.

    Windows XP is the current operating system. A new operating system, Vista,
    will also be coming out early in 2007.

    Access 2000 actually wasn't one of the better versions of Access. You might
    want to upgrade for that reason. However, if the application is still
    working, you might be okay staying with it. If you've never used support
    from Microsoft, the fact that they're taking it away shouldn't matter. <g>

    --
    Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
    http://I.Am/DougSteele
    (no e-mails, please!)


    "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B1D4921C-E9CB-4C68-A9DD-13A940AF7734@microsoft.com...
    > 6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    > operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    > Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.
    >
    > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.
    >
    > thank you! Susan
     
  4. '69 Camaro

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    Hi, Susan.

    > Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    > Office (and/or the operating system) ?


    Does the present application and operating system meet your current and near
    future needs (within the next year or two)? If so, keep what you have.
    However, if your application will need to be upgraded with features that are
    only supported by more recent versions of Microsoft Access and the Windows
    operating system, then by all means, upgrade. For example, if you need to
    integrate Sharepoint Services into your application, then you'll need either
    Access 2003 or Access 2007 when it's released sometime early next year,
    since these are the only versions of Access that support Sharepoint
    Services.

    The more recent versions of Access are a little more stable than Access
    2000, but if you haven't been experiencing any issues, don't need to upgrade
    to features that Office 2000 doesn't support, and the service packs are all
    up to date, then the expenditure for upgrading at this point in time is
    probably a waste of money.

    > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.


    It's not out of service. It's out of mainstream support, but not yet out of
    extended support, which won't expire till July 14, 2009. What this means is
    that, except for their free security updates, you'll be paying for tech
    support, should you ever call Microsoft for it. According to Microsoft's
    site:

    "Extended support will be available to all customers*. Extended support
    includes paid support (support that is charged on an hourly basis or per
    incident), security update support at no additional cost, and paid hotfix
    support. To receive hotfix support, an extended hotfix support contract must
    be purchased within the first 90 days following the end of the mainstream
    support phase. Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support,
    design changes, or new features during the extended phase.

    "* Extended support is not offered for Consumer, Hardware, Multimedia, or
    Business Solutions products."

    For more information, please see the following Web pages:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;en-us;lifeOffice

    http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy

    HTH.
    Gunny

    See http://www.QBuilt.com for all your database needs.
    See http://www.Access.QBuilt.com for Microsoft Access tips and tutorials.
    http://www.Access.QBuilt.com/html/expert_contributors2.html for contact
    info.


    "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B1D4921C-E9CB-4C68-A9DD-13A940AF7734@microsoft.com...
    >6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    > operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    > Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.
    >
    > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.
    >
    > thank you! Susan
     
  5. SusanM

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    Thank you. I have never had a problem until last week. I have 6 users and
    have copies of the application on each computer and the database is on a
    dedicated pc. One user ran a query, got the results, then scrolled through a
    memo field. She received the msg: 'MS Access has generated errors and will
    be closed by Windows'. That was the only user who had the problem and she
    only it in that one area (though I scrolled through other memo fields and
    sporatically received the msg). I had an extra pc, so I changed her computer
    and so far, so good. I didn't know that Access 2000 wasn't one of their
    best. The entire company depends on this system. I will be upgrading --but
    your opinion, please -- should I go with Office 2003 and change my operating
    system to XP or wait for the Office 2007 and operating system of Vista.
    thank you again...

    "Douglas J Steele" wrote:

    > Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy to see what it
    > means. In a nutshell, the only patches Microsoft is going to produce for
    > Access 2000 now are security-related updates.
    >
    > You might also want to check http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeoffice/ and
    > http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?sort=PN&alpha=access+2000
    >
    > Access 2003, part of Office 2003, is the current version of Access. A new
    > version, Access 2007 (part of Office 2007) will be coming out early in 2007.
    >
    > Windows XP is the current operating system. A new operating system, Vista,
    > will also be coming out early in 2007.
    >
    > Access 2000 actually wasn't one of the better versions of Access. You might
    > want to upgrade for that reason. However, if the application is still
    > working, you might be okay staying with it. If you've never used support
    > from Microsoft, the fact that they're taking it away shouldn't matter. <g>
    >
    > --
    > Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
    > http://I.Am/DougSteele
    > (no e-mails, please!)
    >
    >
    > "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:B1D4921C-E9CB-4C68-A9DD-13A940AF7734@microsoft.com...
    > > 6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    > > operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    > > Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.
    > >
    > > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.
    > >
    > > thank you! Susan

    >
    >
    >
     
  6. Douglas J Steele

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    Hard question! <g>

    The latest version of Office is a significant departure from previous
    versions. As well, it's still in Beta, so no one can actually say how stable
    a version it's going to be. Same story with Vista.

    If this is a critical application, I'd be inclined to stay with the tried
    and tested (i.e. Win XP/Office 2003), at least until the new versions are
    actually here.

    If you want, you can go to
    http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/beta/testdrive.mspx?showIntro=n to
    see how Access 2007 will look, or you can get the Beta from
    http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/beta/getthebeta.mspx?showIntro=n
    (you won't be able to run the Beta on Windows 2000 though)

    Unfortunately, it looks as though the Vista Beta is no longer available
    (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/preview.mspx)

    --
    Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
    http://I.Am/DougSteele
    (no e-mails, please!)


    "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E5C77B30-72AF-4673-9070-AF4C9D952302@microsoft.com...
    > Thank you. I have never had a problem until last week. I have 6 users

    and
    > have copies of the application on each computer and the database is on a
    > dedicated pc. One user ran a query, got the results, then scrolled

    through a
    > memo field. She received the msg: 'MS Access has generated errors and

    will
    > be closed by Windows'. That was the only user who had the problem and she
    > only it in that one area (though I scrolled through other memo fields and
    > sporatically received the msg). I had an extra pc, so I changed her

    computer
    > and so far, so good. I didn't know that Access 2000 wasn't one of their
    > best. The entire company depends on this system. I will be

    upgrading --but
    > your opinion, please -- should I go with Office 2003 and change my

    operating
    > system to XP or wait for the Office 2007 and operating system of Vista.
    > thank you again...
    >
    > "Douglas J Steele" wrote:
    >
    > > Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy to see what it
    > > means. In a nutshell, the only patches Microsoft is going to produce for
    > > Access 2000 now are security-related updates.
    > >
    > > You might also want to check http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifeoffice/

    and
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/search/?sort=PN&alpha=access+2000
    > >
    > > Access 2003, part of Office 2003, is the current version of Access. A

    new
    > > version, Access 2007 (part of Office 2007) will be coming out early in

    2007.
    > >
    > > Windows XP is the current operating system. A new operating system,

    Vista,
    > > will also be coming out early in 2007.
    > >
    > > Access 2000 actually wasn't one of the better versions of Access. You

    might
    > > want to upgrade for that reason. However, if the application is still
    > > working, you might be okay staying with it. If you've never used support
    > > from Microsoft, the fact that they're taking it away shouldn't matter.

    <g>
    > >
    > > --
    > > Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
    > > http://I.Am/DougSteele
    > > (no e-mails, please!)
    > >
    > >
    > > "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:B1D4921C-E9CB-4C68-A9DD-13A940AF7734@microsoft.com...
    > > > 6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    > > > operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version

    of
    > > > Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.
    > > >
    > > > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > > > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.
    > > >
    > > > thank you! Susan

    > >
    > >
    > >
     
  7. jim whitaker

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    Don't forget, the knowledge base articles are there at microsoft also. I
    bet you'll find a solution there.
    "SusanM" <SusanM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B1D4921C-E9CB-4C68-A9DD-13A940AF7734@microsoft.com...
    >6 yrs ago I created an application using Access 2000 with Windows 2000
    > operating system. Should I be thinking of upgrading to another version of
    > Office (and/or the operating system) ? If so, what do you recommend.
    >
    > I read on one posting that "Access 2000 is now 'out of service' with
    > Microsoft". That concerns me and I am not sure what it means.
    >
    > thank you! Susan
     

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