>I quite dislike all things Microsoft. However there are one or two
people using their products these days.
I agree. Save their optical mice I've not found anything produced by
them which hasn't been done better by someone else.
>Agree. Macs are a problem. There is Office for Mac though. (However
see point above... )
I don't think Office for Mac has Access though?
>Erm no. There are many ways to transfer data from Microsoft to Unix.
At a push commer delimited would do it. >Directly via ODBC is not
exactly new science.
>>transfer your data to another database system, eg something to allow
>more than one person to edit the data.
>Erm no. Export/Import using one of the many ways available.
>>transfer your data to someone running an older version of Office,
>Erm not really. Only if you want to use wizz-bang additions of the new
versions that are not backwards compatible.
OK, maybe I should have replaced trivially for easily. Yes, of course
can import/export data from/to Excel, but you can't export any of the
rules that you have for your maintaining the integrity of the data
without some serious legwork. In which case you might as well have done
it right the first time.
>Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Microsoft products are the best in
any way, neither am I saying that the best >thing for a database is not
a database system of some sort but saying that Access/Excel is leaving
yourself not >able to port to any other platform or solution is not
correct. People need to use what is available to them and their
>capabilities this may not be the best solution.
Sorry, my fault, I didn't explain myself clearly enough. I should have
said that it is not as easy as just copying-and-pasting from one
application to another. In any case people will always use whatever
system they're happy with, be it Oracle, Access, Excel, a txt file, or a
stack of cards in a box.