||Access is Microsoft's desktop database.
||Easy to learn Easy to use Inexpensive Helps transition user to Microsoft SQL Server - a more sophisticated database system.
Web enabled: offers Web application wizards and HTML converters.
|Only suited for small to medium applications. Access doesn't scale as well as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and other enterprise database systems.
|Microsoft SQL Server
||Microsoft SQL Server is intended for the enterprise market.
||Easy to set up Easy to use Version 7.0 is easier to administer. Runs on Windows 2000/XP
||Performance and scalability haven't been as good as Oracle and other proven enterprise database products. Version 7 addresses theseissues but is still fairly new.
||Oracle is predominately used on Unix systems, but there is also a version for Windows.
||Very powerful and supports large databases
||Requires a great deal of expertise to use and manage. Expensive to operate in terms or hardware and support staff.