I am wrestling with whether Microsoft products (e.g., Excel-MS Query) that use ODBC to access Oracle databases would benefit more by using the latest driver from Oracle or Microsoft.
If using a driver from Microsoft, is it likely to be significantly less efficient in exploiting the latest features of the Oracle database (which continues to advance dramatically)?
If using a driver from Oracle, is it likely to be significantly less efficient in exploiting the latest features of the Microsoft software?
If there are significant tradeoffs, what are they?
What is likely to be the best choice?
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