Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Comparison of Money Plus 2008 products

Yesterday, I gathered some information and put together the page which shows the differences between the new Microsoft Money Plus (2008) versions. You can see this at FAQ Article 499.

It is a simple comparison which only shows some of the features in each product. Until we get our hands on the product, it is hard to know exactly what everything means.

In addition, FAQ Article 500 lists what is new in the product. There's not much there yet, but the 'Insights' feature looks interesting, and there will be a separate article on that later on.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Money 2008 Information Filtering through

Information on Money 2008 is now starting to filter out, through retail websites such as Amazon and CostCo.

Some snippets of information gathered:
  • System Requirements - see FAQ Article 489
  • Money Plus Home and Business - Retail Link
  • Money Plus Premium - Retail Link
  • Money Plus Deluxe - Retail Link
  • It appears that there will be online activation for this product. More details as I get it
  • The naming is slightly different from previous years - for example, Money Plus Deluxe or Money Plus Deluxe 2008
  • Release date expected around the end of August.

More information will be provided over the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Quicken ahead of Money (in terms of release)

One thing that I state in a number of web pages on my site (e.g. I have Quicken and want to convert my file to Microsoft Money) is that Quicken is usually released before Money is, and thus Money will not convert files which have the same 'year' release (ie. Money 2007 cannot convert Quicken 2007).

Information on Money 2008 is currently very scarce. However, for Quicken 2008, although not released, Amazon are publicizing a book about Quicken 2008 already. It is called 'Quicken 2008: The Official Guide'. It has a release date of September 15th, 2007.

This suggests that Quicken will be out around the same time, but also, when/if we see Money 2008, both are in development at the same time, and each product will not convert the other's files, as per usual.

Money Online Banking Update

Money's banking services are being updated in mid-July to improve the online banking experience. The update will affect many (but not all) customers who use MSN Money My Accounts, Microsoft Money 2005, 2006, and 2007. During the update, online services such as account balance updates and transaction downloads may not respond. After the update, you may need to set up your accounts again to regain access to online services.

For more information see Update Instructions