Access included as part of Office 365 Business and Business Premium

Microsoft Access is now included as part of Office 365 Business and Business Premium subscriptions. How soon you'll see Access as part of your installation depends upon the Office 365 update channel your admin designated for your subscription. For Access users with Office 365 on the Current Channel, you'll see Access added to your installation in December 2016 or January 2017. For Access users with Office 365 on the Deferred Channel, you'll see Access added to your installation in June 2017. To find out what update channel you're on with Office 365, go to File > Account within one of the desktop applications. Your update channel is listed above the version number.

Product account information for Current Channel Office 365 Business subscription

Tip: If you're on the Office 365 Current Channel, you can get the update immediately by clicking Update Options > Update Now to receive the update faster.

Tip: Not sure what subscription or product you have? See What Office 365 business product or license do I have? These products are usually associated with a work or school account.

Understanding the updates

Prior to December 2016, you or your admin may have installed Access as a standalone application on your computer or device with an Office 365 Business subscription. When Office 365 Business subscriptions update to include Access, the existing version of Access on your computer or device may remain depending upon how you or your admin purchased Access.

The following table outlines the various installation states your computer or device may be in prior to the update if you already have Access installed. Retail versions of Access can be purchased from the Microsoft Store or any retail store that sells computer software. Volume licensed versions of Microsoft Access are purchased directly from Microsoft through the Volume Licensing Program and downloaded from the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Prior to update

After update

Office 365 Business Premium + Access 2016 Retail (C2R)

Both licenses remain on your computer or device. Only one Access 2016 product is shown to you through the user interface. You receive the benefits of automatic upgrades through the subscription for Access 2016.

Office 365 Business Premium + Access 2013 Retail (C2R)

Access 2016 is installed and Access 2013 is removed from your computer or device. You receive the benefits of automatic upgrades through the subscription for Access 2016.

Office 365 Business Premium + Access 2013 Volume License (MSI)

Both licenses remain on your computer or device. Access 2013 and Access 2016 are both available to you through the user interface. You receive the benefits of automatic upgrades through the subscription for Access 2016.

Office 365 Business Premium + Access 2016 Volume License (MSI)

This configuration isn't supported. Office 365 click-to-run and volume license (MSI) of the same major version can't co-exist on the same computer or device.

Office 365 Business Premium + Access 2013 Runtime (MSI)

Both licenses remain on the computer or device. Both are shown to you through the user interface.

Office Business Premium + Access 2016 Runtime (MSI)

This configuration isn't supported. Office 365 click-to-run and volume license (MSI) of the same major version can't co-exist on the same computer or device.

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