Back by popular demand—dBASE file support in Access

Microsoft Access has been embraced by millions of professional database developers and passionate hobbyists alike for the past twenty years. Office customers around the globe use Access-based solutions to support mission-critical business processes across all types and sizes of organizations.

We recognize the value that Access provides to so many of our customers and we are committed to continuing development of the product. A few months ago, we invited customers to the Access UserVoice to provide and rate ideas and suggestions to help make Access better.

We want to thank those of you who took the time to submit and review the UserVoice suggestions. We regularly review your suggestions and requests, as it’s one of the key touchpoints we have with our millions of users. One of the leading requests for Access was to see renewed support for dBASE (.dbf), and quite a few of you—particularly those in the Geographic Information System (GIS) community—made a compelling case to do so.

Today, we are pleased to let you know that we are re-introducing dBASE file support (.dbf) in Access for Office 365 customers.

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You can now import or link to data stored in dBASE databases in Access.

Currently, support for dBASE in Access 2016 is available to Office 365 subscribers. This feature will first roll out to Office Insider participants and later to consumer and commercial Office 365 subscribers. If you have an Office 365 subscription, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Please continue to share your suggestions on the Access UserVoice. Your feedback is important and can directly impact what we deliver to our customers.

—The Access team