Microsoft announced last Friday that it is bringing Access, the personal database program from its Office productivity suite, to Office 365 Business and Business Premium plans. It has been available for other 365 subscriptions, including ProPlus, E3 and E5 subscriptions, and the consumer plans.

Access will be included in the next client update to Business/Business Premium subscribers, which will roll out between the beginning of December and the end of January. Customers on the deferred channel will have to wait until June 2017.

The big question is where will it fit in. Access has become an afterthought in the Office suite as Microsoft has shifted all of its efforts to SQL Server. There is even an Express Edition designed to run on a low-resource system. But Microsoft has given some indication of its strategy in the blog post announcing the news of availability.

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