REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 29, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of five Microsoft® Access for the Windows®
95 operating system Ready-to-Run databases that customers can download at no charge from the Microsoft home page. These databases do not require a previous installation of Microsoft Access to work, and they allow new users to experience the power of databases risk-free. The Ready-to-Run databases use a run-time version of Microsoft Access for Windows 95, the database that makes it easy for all levels of users to manage, find and share information.
One of the databases launched today, National Puzzle Day, is the Microsoft Access Crossword Puzzle Solver, which includes more than 20,000 word and clue combinations from the New York Times. With this database, users can search for puzzle answers by typing in the length of the word or searching on the clue itself. Nearly 50 million people attempt crossword puzzles each day in the United States, and Microsoft Access can not only help them finish, but finish faster.
Other Ready-to-Run databases announced today include a Music Collection, Contact Manager, Order Entry and Wine List.
“We developed these Ready-to-Run databases as a way to demonstrate to consumers how beneficial a database can be in everyday life,”
said Tod Nielsen, Microsoft Access general manager.
“We want everyone to appreciate how easy it is to use Microsoft Access to organize and complete tasks such as doing crossword puzzles and keeping track of a music collection.”
Many people use address books, datebooks, card files and tabbed notebooks to manage information, all of which are paper forms of databases. Computerized databases such as Microsoft Access can be described as electronic filing cabinets and are far more efficient at organizing and retrieving information than their paper-based counterparts.
How to Download Ready-to-Run Databases
The Microsoft Access for Windows 95 Ready-to-Run databases can be downloaded from the Microsoft home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.microsoft.com/msaccess/rtr. The system requirements for the Microsoft Access Ready-to-Run Viewer are the same as those for Microsoft Access for
A personal computer with a 386DX or higher processor
The Microsoft Windows 95 operating system or Microsoft Windows NT
Workstation operating system version 3.51 or higher
12 MB of memory for use on Windows 95; 16 MB of memory for use on Windows NT Workstation
Approximately 14 MB of hard-disk space
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