How do you know if you're using Microsoft Access/Office 2016 or the 2019 version?
There are two Microsoft Office license types:
- Perpetual License
- The Perpetual License version of Microsoft Office is the traditional versions that is a one-time purchase. It is usually activated with a license key, and receives security patches, but not feature updates.
- Office 365 is the subscription version of Microsoft Office. It is activated by use of a online Microsoft account and remains in effect while your subscription is current. It receives security patches, as well as feature updates over time.
Because Office 365 software is constantly updated, users may unknowingly upgrade to newer versions of the product. This has led to lots of confusion.
This may create problems with FMS products that are version specific. For instance, Total Access Analyzer for Access 2016, does not work with Access 2019 or Office 365 that was upgraded from the 2016 version to the 2019 version.
Solution: How to Tell
You can see which Microsoft Access version you are running based on the initial Access splash screen.
Microsoft Access 2016 (Perpetual and Subscription)
If you have Access 2016, your Access splash screen looks like this:
Microsoft Access 2019 (Subscription)
If you have the 2019 version of Office 365, your Access splash screen looks like this:
Microsoft Access 2019 (Perpetual License)
If you have the Perpetual license of Office 2019, your Access splash screen looks like this:
For a list of new features in Microsoft Access 2019, visit New Features in Microsoft Access 2019.
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