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I am going to be working on a project for my daughter's school. I will be working with a database that was created using MS Access. It was then copied to a cd to be given to me so I can update this database from home. My question is that will I be able to open and work this file using the MacBook Pro?
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Not sure this is going to be easy to achieve.
Neither of the two MAC versions of MS Office, 2004 and 2008, support MS Access. I believe the only way to do this is to run XP or Vista under Parallels or VMware and install MS Access either as a standalone or as part of Office 2007.

Do any of the open source office type products support Access such as NeoOfice?
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For Mac there is Filemaker as your database management software. You will need to get that. Also, you will need to get a converter (I think it's free) to convert that Access Database into a Filemaker one.

Otherwise the other best solution is running it in a VM as Access doesn't really require a lot of resources...
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