Make an Access Lite version free
One of the main reasons Access doesn't have the traction of other stacks and development environments is because it's competitors in the various spaces are free. MySQL, MSSQL, PostgreSQL, .NET, PHP, Ruby... etc. Access continues to lose it's market share because it's entry level is too high. Making an Access Lite version which allows people to make basic forms, basic reports, basic tables, and basic code behind would improve Access's standing to perhaps a 2nd class citizen in the development ecosystem. Right now it's a 3rd class citizen that is made fun of by all the other "real developers" and "real DBA's". It will remain so as long as it is costly for people to use.
Thank you for your suggestion.
It is mostly relevant to Office/Microsoft business planning and I’ll forward the input to the right people.
I’m updating the status to No Current Plan as addressing this request is not really within the realms of the product team.
Steve Bishop commented
Visual Studio Code: Free
Visual Studio Express: Free
Visual Studio Developer Edition: Free
Microsoft SQL Server Express: Free
Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition: Free
Google Docs with Scripting: Free
OpenOffice Base: Free
Microsoft Access: $110 per license
I have a client with over 300 employees and about 50 different Access databases. Every 3 to 5 years they have to pay for an upgrade. That's minimum 30K. It wasn't very difficult to make the case they needed to go to ASP.NET with free everything and never having to worry about paying for the upgraded software. And don't tell me the run-time edition will do everything. You clearly haven't experienced deploying the run-time to that many clients each running software developed in 2003, upgraded to 2010, and again to 2016 then trying to run them with the run-time.
There's a reason why all those products are free, even the ones made by Microsoft which were previously only available by purchase. They know they HAVE to make things free for developers to get started with. Someone without the experience of already knowing Access will see that price tag, know their alternatives, and take a pass.
It's a serious problem, and I've proposed a reasonable solution.
Seriously?! Costly! You can purchase a copy outright for about $100 or monthly subscription of office365 (which gives you not just Access) for $10-15.
Only developers need the full blown license anyways, and if you're making your living off of Access, then you can afford to buy a license. Otherwise, you need only supply the free runtime to your users.
What more do you want?! People pay more for coffee in a month that buying an outright license of Access. Let's get back to real suggestions please.