|By Jim Bruene on June 10, 2009 5:14 PM | Comments (1)|
Microsoft will stop selling its Microsoft Money packaged personal finance management (PFM) software at the end of this month (FAQ here). Online services will expire Jan. 31, 2011, or earlier depending on when users activated their program.
The company will continue its online-only account management and bill pay services at MSN Money. Banks supporting direct downloads to the program, such as US Bank and Wells Fargo, will have to migrate users to other options, most likely Intuit's Quicken.
For me, it's an end of an era. The main reason I became involved in the online banking industry was to participate in a four-bank group that worked with Microsoft to add online banking and bill pay to Microsoft Money 3.0 (note 1), released in Feb. 1994 (see inset). It was an industry milestone and a major coup for the company at the time, bringing online banking to its PFM more than two years ahead of Quicken.
So, after 15 years of using the program, I'll finally have to make the long overdue move to QuickBooks to manage our company finances. But to be safe, I'm going with QuickBooks online, which I'm guessing will not become obsolete in my lifetime.
Microsoft Money Plus page announces the end of the line (link, 9 June 2009)
1. According to Wikipedia, Microsoft Money is currently on version 17.
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