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Bring back the support for connecting to dBASE.

Access has always been about connecting to other data sources. Excel can still connect to dBASE files, but support for Access to connect was dropped. You can see from all the chatter, that there really is a lot of people that still use dBASE files for data transfer.

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      • ThomasThomas commented  · 

        When will this be rolled out to enterprise Access 2016 clients? I have had to keep an old box running in order to run legacy databases. I have Access 2010 on Windows 10 Anniversary Update on my primary computer and it keeps corrupting the dbase files (this didn't happen on Windows 10 pre-AU).

      • Greg MossGreg Moss commented  · 

        Why is this being statused as Done! when it's only partially been done for a subset of Access users? The post makes it sound like it's been released for all Access versions but you have to read 4 paragraphs into the blog your link points to to find that it's only for 365 users. What are we supposed to do with the shiny new Access 2016 program we just installed?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I have office pro 2016 with MsAccess but i don't see this option. Is there a patch or fix to install it ?

      • Øyvind HansenØyvind Hansen commented  · 

        It's NOT done.

        It's "planned".

        I have checked for updates too, but still no option to link to dBase files.

      • Dave MostDave Most commented  · 

        I have Access 2016 and it still doesnt show an option for dBase import. I checked for updates, and it says its up to date. How can i get this fixed?

      • LightwaveLightwave commented  · 

        Thank you for working on this

      • FlorinFlorin commented  · 

        "Planned" is too vague.
        Please Microsoft, can you define a date when this will be available?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This is great!!!

        Can't wait ;-)

        (Really... I do need it soon so I can stop trying to work around the problem on Windows 10 and Office 64bits. This is still a current issue!)

        Hope we'll have more news soon ...

      • Scott MillerScott Miller commented  · 

        This made my day. I had to come back and post twice!

      • Scott MillerScott Miller commented  · 

        Planned!? Am I reading this right? MS is planning on bringing back dBase support to Access. THAT's TERRIFFIC!!!!

      • RobertRobert commented  · 

        I understand it's on the radar...but will it require a new "upgrade" of office? If so, will we potentially lose any other mission critical functionality?

        As a future suggestion, when you compare all the new features of a release in comparison to the incumbent release, you may also want to indicate what will be missing and when/if those particular features will be available. If, as your project board members believe, the features are unimportant to the majority of the masses you would have sold slightly fewer copies but kept MS loyalty and respect of both new and existing users.

        I may also remind MS that many small/medium size government agencies are heavily reliant on 'antiquated' data structures. The government is ALWAYS slow to modernize (sometimes by decades). I still have Access 2010 on my government machines with no plans to upgrade and I won't recommend them to if it will break a single mission critical system.

      • Alan CosseyAlan Cossey commented  · 

        Hmm. I wonder what the review process was at Microsoft that led to them removing this in the first place.

      • Steve MeissnerSteve Meissner commented  · 

        Trying to process national fire response statistics from the National Fire Incident Reporting System. Seems like all that data is collected in .dbf files from fire departments all over the country. This is a major issue if we cant read the data anymore. Any conversion suggestions Microsoft?

      • MichaelMichael commented  · 

        THANK YOU (Running around smiling, with hands over my head, slapping the lamps with high fives) :-) Then we still love you ;-)

      • DerekDerek commented  · 

        THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Omg, we need connect to dBase files from Access!

      • Frank RotoloFrank Rotolo commented  · 

        hmm, top voted request with 662 votes, and counting, but still no reply from MS' Access Team?.. Looks to me like they don't have any intentions on entertaining this request..

      • LizLiz commented  · 

        In addition to connecting to dbf files, I need to be able to export them. I odbc to a variety of data and love that Access provides an avenue to work with multiple data types, but once I'm done I need to be able to export as a dbf for some mapping instances, etc.

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