It was this week that I learned that Microsoft had officially discontinued it’s personal financial management software, known to many of us as Microsoft Money. I had been an avid user of this project since the day I received my first paycheck in August of 2000 and opened my first savings account. Getting paid wasn’t enough; I needed to be able to track it too, and Microsoft Money was free software at the time.
Over the years, I had found various different ways to upgrade the program without actually having to pay money for it, primarily through the HR Block bundle deal, which would essentially give you the software for free.
But the numerous amount of bugs and the very limited functionality of Money was something that always hung over my head. I knew I had to upgrade to Quicken at some point; I just wanted to delay it as long as possible.
I don’t know if I should be sad or happy. Part of me will miss the program I’ve used for all these years. Part of me will be pleased to ditch another worthless Microsoft product.