Friday, May 22, 2009

MSN Money Feed for UK fund

There is currently a problem with downloading fund prices from the MSN Money servers for Microsoft Money users. The problem is on the MSN Money site, which has not updated the fund prices since the site upgrade on May 8th.

Microsoft are aware of the problem. A recent communication to someone who had seen the problem and contacted support was:

...We have already determined that this is a consistent issue with the servers in the MoneyCentral website that needs to be worked on, I will pass this situation
to higher levels of support to look for a resolution...

So, rest assured it is known about

Update 25 May: got back from a few days away, and have a few messages from users saying it is fixed.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Money 2005 patch download available again

The Money 2005 Service Outage as reported earlier in the week is now fixed.

I received an email around 11pm BST (22:00 GMT) last night informing me. I've also heard from a couple of people confirming this is the case.

If you've been stuck at version 730, you should now try and restart Money and let the download occur. Once done, you may wish to consider making a CD as detailed in FAQ Article 630, BUT make sure you test it if you do!!!.

Thanks for all the comments and questions during the outage. It made the page reporting the problem one of my busiest ever.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Creating a self contained installation of Money 2005 with the 1105 patch

I've just put up a post on with some instructions on how to create a self contained installation of Money 2005 onto CD, so you never need to rely on the Microsoft servers to deliver the patch update again. This fix can be read in FAQ Article 630.

Credit is to Jean-Paul in the French money newsgroup who came up with the solution. I've had feedback that it works on all language versions of Money 2005.

It is probably not legal to share the files that are required from a patched version. You may need to wait until Microsoft sorts out the problem with downloading before performing these instructions.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Updating Money 2005 - Service Outage

I've been informed that currently upgrading Money 2005 from its 'out of the box' version to the patched version (from version 14.0.x.0730 to version 14.0.x.1105) is currently experiencing problems, and so these upgrades don't currently work.

Microsoft is working on the problem. In the meantime you'll probably not be able to open your Money file if you've just done a clean install and need to use an existing file.

As far as I know, it is affecting all regions.

Update: 14 May - I'm hearing that the fix should be ready later in the week, however this is not guaranteed.

16 May: Hearing this morning that things seem to be working again

Sunday, May 10, 2009

MSN Money May site update

This happened on May 8, 2009

The site update added language localized versions of the new Portfolio Manager utilizing Silverlight technology to the MSN Money sites for other countries.

The Portfolio Manager overview provides more information and comparisons between the Portfolio Manager options on MSN Money.

This site update also includes changes to reduce/eliminate HTTP 500 errors and some performance and data quality improvements.