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.
We have publicly announced that dBASE file support is back.
Check out our blog post https://blogs.office.com/2016/09/07/back-by-popular-demand-dbase-file-support-in-access/
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DBF is essential for the GIS community. DBF files are created automatically when shapefiles are made in ESRI software, and in open-source software (but surely you know this). Ending support for it is counterproductive, and will drive GIS users to find or develop alternatives to Access... and this leads to alternatives to MS Office.
Important in the GIS world - please bring it back!!!
Without support for dbf, GIS users will have to find a product other than access to front end our data. Thanks M$.
Christina Ross commented
As has been mentioned many times already, DBF support is essential for GIS professionals. I just need to add my voice as a member of this community.
Frank Rotolo commented
BTW, VFP (Visual Fox Pro) also uses the DBF format.
Darin Lisonbee commented
DBF at this time absolutely is a must have for GIS users.
Daniel Georges commented
This is a must have for the GIS community.
excel should allow support for dbf.
We need the dbf-Format for GIS purposes. ..
Philip Nelson commented
It is necessary for lots of my legacy work and I was hoping to continue with it in the future
I dont want to have to keep old versions of Access around for ever.
Still used widely in GIS
Because of leaving the .dbf format in Excel and Access, I have to keep legacy versions of Excel & Access 2010 installed for GIS compatibility. Bring .dbf compatibility back please
Unless DBF support returns to Access, I'll just stay on my old version indefinitely. Besides being embedded in the shapefile structure, it is the only universal table based database file structure. My use of excel dropped off considerably after dbf support was dropped. I moved a lot of my workflow to Access.
Ettiene Spykerman commented
Yes! Please bring back dbf support in both Access AND Excel!
Travis Jensen commented
Please allow users to associate Excel with.dbf's again too!
Why Drop dbf.???? I am unable to understand.....
Riza Fadholi Pasha commented
just because it doesn't populer in other apps , don't remove .dbf compability, as i always use .xps instead of .pdf
bring back dBase support.
Patrik Karlsson Nyed commented
Why drop .dbf? Is it that difficult to maintain? Ridiculous.
because of ommission of .dbf formats in Excel and now Access (!) I have to keep legacy versions of Excel & Access 2003 installed on all machines for GIS compatibility. Bring .dbf compatibility back please!
I was wondering if I was just the one who miss dbf on microsoft software.
dbase support is important for backwards compatibility. If you want users to move on make it worth their while rather than forcing development costs up.