If you ever purchased a PC with Windows® operating system installed, then it probably came with Microsoft® Works installed for free. Microsoft® Works is a productivity software suite developed by Microsoft®. It comes with a built-in word processor, spreadsheet application, and a database utility. This can allow users with very limited budget to get the functionality of Microsoft® Office™ without having to buy the actual suite.

However, nowadays most users purchase MS-Office™ anyway, so most of them uninstall Microsoft® Works from their PCs. That is fine, as long as they do not create database files in Microsoft® Works. The database files created in MS-Works cannot be opened by MS-Office™ applications. Neither MS-Excel nor Ms-Access will be able to open these files. This is because the MS-Works database use