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Quicken, Quickly Retired

It's one of the computer industry's less-anticipated rites of spring -- Intuit's yearly retirement of old versions of its Quicken personal-finance software. (Here's the story we did on this topic in 2005.) This time around, it's Quicken 2004 that gets escorted out of the building -- so, while users can still run the program, they can't do anything meaningful with it online:

As of April 30, 2007, in accordance with the Quicken discontinuation policy, online services and live technical support will no longer be available for Quicken 2004 users. These services include online bill pay; downloading financial data from your bank, credit union, credit card, brokerage, 401(k), or mutual fund accounts; downloading stock quotes, news headlines, and other financial information into Quicken; uploading portfolio information from Quicken to Quicken.com; and providing access to the investing features on Quicken.com, including portfolio tracking, any watch lists you have created, One-Click Scorecardâ„¢, Stock Evaluator, and Mutual Fund Evaluator.

Quicken's primary competitor, Microsoft Money, has a similar expiration-date policy, as most users of Money 2004 will discover this year.

Thing is, each new release of Quicken or Money rarely brings new features that would make somebody want to upgrade. (Not that people don't have their own feature wish lists. Apple owners, for instance, have had it with Mac versions that connect to fewer banks than Windows releases.) So I can't blame anybody who thinks that Intuit and Microsoft adopted these forced-retirement policies to keep their upgrade business ticking along. Do you?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 15, 2007; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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