I didn’t want to switch. I was adamant about it. I even justified why I was sticking with MS Money.
But the reason for switching from Money to Quicken came down to one simple fact: Money doesn’t work anymore. You can no longer download your credit card transactions or update your stock prices.
At first I didn’t want to believe it. Microsoft teased me with this in-program message, implying that Money could somehow live on by “Extending Services.”
But clicking on the link only reinforced my impression of Microsoft’s crappy product design, delivery, and support. Oops, the message is out of date and we care so little about MS Money users that we didn’t even bother to update it.
There are people who are sticking with MS Money, such as the blogger at The Finance Buff. But since I can’t code in Python, this really isn’t an option for me.
So with that, I say goodbye to one software monopoly and hello to another software monopoly. Here’s hoping that Quicken sucks less.