Quicken for the Mac Delayed into 2010

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Mac users holding their breath waiting for the new version of Quicken Financial Life to ship will likely have blue lips before the application hits store shelves because Intuit has delayed the release until early 2010.

According to Intuit spokesman Scott Gulbransen, the company decided to essentially start over yet again after soliciting user feedback. "After speaking to customers at Macworld 2009, and opening our public beta of Quicken Financial Life for Mac to thousands of you, we learned the product was not doing what we -- nor customers -- wanted it to do," he said.

This isn't the first delay for the Quicken update. Intuit originally promised an new version would ship in 2008, but then pushed the release out to summer 2009. Now that summer is here, Intuit has pushed the release out to February 2010, leaving users with Quicken 2007 for several more months.

Mr. Gulbransen said the company decided to make "changes to everything from what the program does to how it looks." He added "We spent extra time building a reconcile mode for the new register, a robust Windows-to-Mac transfer function for new Mac users (and existing customers running Quicken on a Windows virtual machine), and redesigned the experience to make it look and feel like a native Mac application should."

The company seems to be more committed to the new February release window, and is even promising to kick off pre-order sales on October 12.

Promising a February launch also sets the company up to potentially release the new version of Quicken at Macworld Expo 2010. With Intuit's current track record, however, might not want to bet all their money on picking up their new copy of Quicken at the expo.

 

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Comments

D9

This should really come as no surprise when dealing with Intuit and its infamous Mac development.

I guess their contracted Mac developer left the company yet again, unable to make it on $23K a yr. even in these times.

ignatz

Correctomundo.
From 2008 originally to 2010 (so far) now.  Problem for me is that none of the other Mac financial software can import my Quicken files properly, so I guess I’m stuck with them.

ddelmonte

iBank imported 12 years of my data perfectly.The program though is not perfect and there’s a learning curve, but it sure beats Quicken in its ability to import across Bank accounts.

They have great online help and a growing user community.

kevinolive

I gave up on intuit at the beginning of the year and switched to iBank.  It is a bit different but offers similar features for less money.  They’re adding and delivering new features which Intuit is not doing.  I couldn’t get the import to work correctly but quicken for mac couldn’t import my data from quicken fo windows so I had already lost the historical stuff.  (I kept the old data and programs so it really isn’t lost.)

tom87020

I’ve tried virtually all Mac financial software with an eye to replacing Quicken, and Fortora Fresh Finance does the only good job of importing from my many years of Quicken data.  The report functions are somewhat lacking; however, their support is very enthusiastic and hopeful of satisfying my needs.

ddelmonte

It’s great that there are now an increasing number of options for us. Quicken no longer has a stranglehold. The only real difficulty so far has been producing tax reports.

David

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