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Reasons to use Base (LibreOffice) instead of Microsoft Access

Data management is an essential part of the business world, since with it we can keep a record of private agendas, customer records, inventory, and even for accounting issues. When we talk about databases, surely the first program that comes to mind is Access, which we can find within the Microsoft Office suite, which has produced a Free Hard Competitor on Base, LibreOffice’s data management tool.

And is that Access is a tool with which we can insert, store, edit, evaluate and present all kinds of data, which can be modified or create new from its graphic interface. This is something that we can also do with Base. Since it is a program aimed at both professional and domestic use. Therefore, it is possible to use it to organize our catalogs of records or films. Despite the popularity of the Microsoft program, Base can be a great alternative to consider for these reasons.

Base is free and open source, paid Access

Base is part of LibreOffice, an office suite, which unlike what happens with Microsoft Office, is open source and completely free, so we will not have to pay a single euro to use it. This is a quite considerable advantage over Access, since in Office we will have to go through the box, yes or yes, to start using it.

Base is cross-platform, Access only compatible with Windows

Access is a tool designed to be used exclusively on Windows. That is why, if we are users of another operating system, we will not be able to install it in our operating system. The only option would be to use a virtual machine, so we are forced to use Windows in some way. On the contrary, Base is a multiplatform application, so we can install and use it in addition to Windows, in macOS, GNU / Linux, Unix Y BSD.

Compatibility with other databases

Another advantage of using Base is its compatibility with other data management programs. Thanks to the interfaces of ODBC and JDBC database, Base can be linked with other databases like MS Access, MySQL, PostgreSQL and Adabas D, which allow multi-user access. This enables us to open and edit imported files with other databases without compatibility problems. In this way, if we have Access files we can open it with Base and work with them.

Increased number of updates to Base compared to Access

Updates is another of the aspects to highlight of Base on Access. Generally, the Microsoft application usually receives updates every three years, at the same time that it happens with Office. However, as Base belongs to an open source system, it helps that the rate of updates is much more constant. In this way, it is easy for us to receive updates every 6 months, which implies a greater capacity to respond to the needs of its users.