A desktop database engine that works as an extension of SQL Server 7.0 to store data for offline application components. In the latest, SQL Server 2000-based edition, MSDE 2000, Microsoft changed the expanded form of the acronym to " Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine." See MSDE 2000.
Microsoft Data Engine. A data store based on Microsoft SQL Server technology, but designed and optimized for use on smaller computer systems, such as a single user computer or a small workgroup server.