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Features in Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe

What's Missing, What's Included

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If you only need to track a few personal financial accounts, Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe may be a good option for free personal finance software for you.

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Microsoft Money Plus has been replaced by free personal finance software called Money Plus Sunset De

Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Help Files Include References to Nonexistent Features

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Tools and Features in Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe

Money Plus Sunset offers decent personal finance tracking features, if you don't use online features like transaction downloads.

  • Import transactions to accounts using OFX or QIF.
  • Manually enter transactions into financial accounts.
  • Use scheduled transactions to plan for paying bills on time.
  • Create and track a budget.
  • Forecast personal cash flow.
  • View and print a number of reports for income and expense, assets and liabilities, and investments. Monthly financial reports and some income tax reporting is included.
  • The navigation of Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe is identical to Money Plus, however, some features no longer exist even though the link or tab that once held the feature does.
  • Link images and documents to transactions.

Features Missing in Money Plus Sunset Edition

While Money Plus Sunset tracks personal finance accounts and budgets, it lacks some of the features that made the old MS Money Money convenient.

  • Transaction and account statement updates from directly within the software. The option to set up Internet Updates is still in the software, but does not function.
  • Updates for investment values and transactions.
  • Stock quotes.
  • Tax planning tools.
  • Online bill pay.
  • Updated Help file. If you click on Help, you will find references to features from previous versions of Microsoft Money.
  • Windows Live ID support. Switch to using no password protection or to Money’s standard password authentication method to avoid the headache of eventually needing to use offline authentication to try to open the Money data file.
  • Data sync with MSN Money online services.
If you can't do without the discontinued features, consider another personal finance software option.

To learn how to use Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe, see 6 Essential Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe Tutorials.

Next: How to Download and Install MS Money Plus Sunset Deluxe

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