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    Access 2000 vs Access 2002 (Access 97)

    I am posting in the access forum because that is mainly what I am using and concerned about although my question is in general an office question. I am currently working for a group who for the past several years has used Office 97. Very recently we have slowly started switching to Office 2000 and a few new computers have come in with Office 2002. They would like everything to be Office 2000 but say that some time down the road we will switch to 2002. My question is whether or not we are really wasting our time with the 2000 software? We do work with people all over the US that may have not switched to 2002 if we go that route, but I don't know that it would matter? If I have people that are in both 2000 and 2002 am I going to have all kinds of compatibility issues? Can anyone give me any insight into the the different versions and is one harder than the other to install or run? Any help is appreciated or if you can point me in another direction to find answers, that would work to. Thanks

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    Re: Access 2000 vs Access 2002 (Access 97)

    My experience with Access 2000 was one of great frustration because the databases i was developing would spontaneously corrupt, and i lost several days' work. The MSFT recommended fix for this "problem" was: "upgrade to Access 2002". I did that, and have not had any corruption problems since.

    Access 2002 allows one to save the database in 2000 format, so compatability is maintained with folks using (rather than developing with) the earlier version.

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    Re: Access 2000 vs Access 2002 (Access 97)

    I've never had an A2k database corrupt data, so we're at opposite ends of that spectrum. And the vaunted compatibility of AXP is illusory ... sometimes it works and sometimes not.

    IMHO MS *always* recommends upgrading as a solution because the techs tend to be familiar with the current version and don't want to be bothered tracking down problems with a prior version. Of course, it also makes more money for Microsoft. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Access 2000 vs Access 2002 (Access 97)

    well ~ our answers give the two poles of the spectrum, eh? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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