Thousands of users have decided to turn their attention to Microsoft Access online alternatives. Why?
When Microsoft Access was introduced, it was basically disrupting and pioneering the database app builder market, and it was rewarded with a flush of demand, worldwide. However, the market evolved, and the product didn’t keep up as much on cloud, mobile, and UX, the new wave of technological innovation. Access was included in the Office 365 cloud suite, but it was a half-hearted effort, and finally Microsoft announced they would be retiring Access Online from the Office 365 Suite and encouraged people to move to its new application – Power Apps.
That is probably why the number of Google searches for Microsoft Access has shown a dramatic decrease, year on year, and the reason is not likely lower demand for these services, but a richer competitive landscape, which offers Access-like capabilities, but in the cloud.
These smaller disruptive companies have evolved to make the database app and business process workflow software a more complex market. And when I say the complex, I mean the shift from a singular option to dozens of providers.
We’ve curated a list of the most prominent Microsoft Access online alternatives to help you speed up your decision making.
HyperBase from HyperOffice is one of the original Microsoft Access alternatives and has a very similar structure, while providing the benefit of cloud access. Highlighted features:
- Drag and drop web forms
- Online data tables
- Reports and queries for mining data
- Workflow automation and notifications
- Data exports and automations
- File uploads
- PDF export
- Multi layered permissions
QuickBase is one of the leaders in the low-code application building platform market. While its pricing starts at $500/mo it is meant to let non-technical users build and collaborate on build apps. Among other specific features, it allows users to use publishing tools to create custom formats to present data.
Zoho is a tech juggernaut offering almost any application ever made. Zoho Creator, they online counterpart of Microsoft access, has a slick and easy to use interface. One of the few drawbacks reported from Zoho products, in general, is their lack of support.
Knack is one of the few providers that specialize in database apps; while the other players also offer an entire range of business applications. Besides the fundamental features every database app builder offers, Knack lets you integrate with payment gateways, maps, and reports.
Caspio is one of the most mature options in this list; besides awesome documentation and experience with A-class customers, their platform is highly visual. We could argue that is ideal for non-technical users, but, for sure, it’s a very powerful and flexible tool for IT teams.
Every database professional and developer knows about MySQL as it is the database backend of many applications. It offers incredible flexibility and power, but is way beyond the reach of non-tech users.
Google Forms allows people to very easily build forms to gather all sorts of information online. However, it depends on Google Sheets as the place where the data is saved and manipulated. Since Google Sheets are spreadsheets, there are severe limitations in terms of the application-like behavior you can achieve and the workflows that can be automated.
As you can see, you have a wide array of options to choose from. If you want to dig deeper into online database applications, please read: