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I just updated Microsoft Money vs. Quicken, which compares features of the two top-selling desktop personal finance software options. Read Microsoft Money Plus vs. Quicken 2009 to get the details.
December 23, 2007 at 9:24 am
(1) Ben says:

It would be an even greater service to your ‘informed would-be buyers’ if you also include in your next update, a section for some of the major ‘issues with each package (Money / Quicken). Almost everyone does a this vs that review. If you want real substance, you need to inform around the issues. A quick scan of each ‘support site’ would give you a sense of user ‘frustration features’ and ‘undocumented limitations’ that will better server your reader’s and save them time and money. A section on ‘support’ – like how good it is, how hard was the S/W to return (and get you actual money back)if it didn’t perform to expectation…

July 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm
(2) Jim says:

This review ignores a key issue: bugginess. Both 2008 products on amazon user reviews had over a fourth of the reviews giving the software the lowest rating, a 1. So who cares about the optimal fetures if the software computes your data incorrectly, which was a not infrequent complaint. I’m hearing that Microsoft intentionally made Vista buggy with non-microsoft software, so I’m going to play safe and buy Money instead of Quicken, but I hate being manipulated by another such possibly unethical Microsoft corporate practice (FTC where are you?).

July 4, 2008 at 6:34 pm
(3) Shelley says:

I understand your position, but I have to base my review on my personal experience with testing the software. I can’t go by what people report on Amazon, and although the reviews there can be very reliable, that’s not always the case. Because of various levels of user experience and different hardware configurations, some folks experience bugs (or user errors) that others do not.

If you’re stuck between Money and Quicken, at least Money gives you a free trial, which is the best way to find out if software works for you.


August 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm
(4) Brad Morrison says:


I work for one of the largest Aerospace and Defense firms and we are also a Microsoft Partner. Microsoft does not make software intentionally buggy. If the software is buggy, its usually the manufacturers fault not Microsoft’s. Vista 64 bit does not allow access to the OS kernal like previous versions before it. This is to lock down security and prevent malicious code from making core changes to the core OS. This shift in thinking is something that software vendors are going to have to adapt too. Vista is not perfect and caused many grief with driver issues when it was first released. There has never been a proven case where Microsoft has intentionally made some other software not work. Their MO is to ripoff the ideas of others.

September 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm
(5) JohnX says:

Misleading article. Does not compare Microsoft money and quicken. Don’t read – it is a waste of time.

September 3, 2008 at 8:08 am
(6) Shelley says:

@JohnX – I don’t understand how you came to the conclusion that this article does not compare Microsoft Money and Quicken when it compares 9 features side by side. Please let me know what you expected to learn in this article that I did not provide. I’m always looking to improve.

October 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm
(7) Smelly says:

stupid. note to self, ignore articles and links by shelley elmblad. contain luring titles, but no info.

December 13, 2008 at 5:45 am
(8) Babs says:

I am just looking for a program that will help me balance my checkbook and keep track of rental income and expenses. I have used Money for years because it was on the computer I was using and never balanced my accounts. My mom used Quicken and she is able to do so much more so I was thinking of changing. If I changed and had a question, I could always ask my mom on how to do it. Also, Money is on another Old computer. How would I move my files?

January 3, 2009 at 9:42 am
(9) Alex says:

Babs, go ask your mum!!!

February 12, 2009 at 8:06 am
(10) Anon says:


Just to corrcet you on a previuos comment

You can download a trial version of Quicken.
Google search Quicken trial

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