By Shelley ElmbladJanuary 11, 2009
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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…
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?).
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.
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.
Misleading article. Does not compare Microsoft money and quicken. Don’t read – it is a waste of time.
@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.
stupid. note to self, ignore articles and links by shelley elmblad. contain luring titles, but no info.
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?
Babs, go ask your mum!!!
Just to corrcet you on a previuos comment
You can download a trial version of Quicken.
Google search Quicken trial
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