Need Microsoft Access for school...best & cost efficient way?

bluedukies8

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As the post states, I am needing to have the Microsoft Access program for a Database class. I recently switched to Mac and have a Late 2012 Mac Mini i7. I am trying to figure out the easiest and not super expensive way to have the program on my Mac.

I did a chat with an Apple rep last night, he stated to get the Microsoft Office for Mac Home & Business. I looked at the description and it does not mention Access.

Through the school I am attending, they have Microsoft Office 365 University. It shows it is compatible with Mac and has Microsoft Access. But, isn't 365 through the web? Will this have all the features I would need for a class on databases?

I looked at Parallels, but saw you have to purchase Windows. Is this the route to go? If so, do I go Win7 or go up to Win 8? The book for class I purchased last night references Win7 a lot.

Sorry for the long post. Just trying to get this figured out before I go an purchase stuff that won't work or is incorrect. I appreciate any help that is passed along!
 

IA64

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AS far as I know, You need Windows OS.

Microsoft Access is not fully supported under OS X. I couldn't load Visual Basic scripts or applications in Access.

Office 365 offer a yearly subscription so you don't have to buy it. It's relatively cheap.
 
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Gav Mack

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I'd check to see if you are eligible for a school discount copy of Windows 7/8 and Office.

The 365 subscription allows you 5 computers with Office for an annual fee, can be the 365 flavour Office 13 for Windows or Office 2011 for Mac.
 
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bluedukies8

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I'd check to see if you are eligible for a school discount copy of Windows 7/8 and Office.

The 365 subscription allows you 5 computers with Office for an annual fee, can be the 365 flavour Office 13 for Windows or Office 2011 for Mac.
I'll check into that and see if I can get any discounts as it looks like I will need to buy the OS even if I want to go the 365 subscription route.

365 has some ** with the following: "**Access and Publisher available on PC only; OneNote not available on Mac OS".
 
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bluedukies8

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Just wanted to update in case anyone was wondering, but I just found out that I can purchase Microsoft Office Professional through my campus bookstore for $10. It should have Access on it as well! Just found my cheapest way lol. I will go in and pick it up tomorrow. Thanks all for the feedback. I can update if it does pan out ok. :D
 
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chrfr

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Just wanted to update in case anyone was wondering, but I just found out that I can purchase Microsoft Office Professional through my campus bookstore for $10. It should have Access on it as well! Just found my cheapest way lol. I will go in and pick it up tomorrow. Thanks all for the feedback. I can update if it does pan out ok. :D
Access is Windows only, so you'll need a copy of Windows as well.
 
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chrfr

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Which should be similarly cheap or even free through the university.
Maybe. At the university where I work, I can get Office for $10 but no special discount beyond the regular educational discount on Windows. It all depends on what contract the university has with Microsoft.
 
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saturnotaku

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It all depends on what contract the university has with Microsoft.
The university I attended had no special deals on any MS software, but a friend who went to a different school nearby could get pretty much everything for $10, operating systems included.

This was back when XP launched, so things could very well have changed since then.
 
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