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On 8 October 2014 12:08, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
I think Alex and Werner are giving good answers but you'll need to find
some way of temporarily borrowing a Windows machine in order to help.

Access is part of the whole vendor lock-in thing that MS seems to do so
well.  They don't seem to want to make it easy for people to use other
products to read their stuff as that seems to ensure that people 'have to'
keep buying into their products.

Once people DO start using non-MS alternatives they tend to find it easy to
move between a variety of different programs and tools quite easily.  They
also tend to never go back to MS tools because MS tools just aren't as safe
and reliable and don't perform so well either.

So, MS seems to have to create as many blockers as possible to avoid people
just quickly trying out alternatives.  They can't seem to compete on
quality or in "fair markets"


BTW, This is also why Kexi does not use Windows-only ADO, which (as
many believe) would be another variant of the lock-in.
mdbtools is used exclusively, under the mask.

Ideal solution would be to start and maintain a port of Jackcess to
C/C++ to avoid Java, even greater if this was independent project, not
a part of LO or Kexi.

regards, Jaroslaw Staniek

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