updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2007
QuickBooks 2008 for Mac
Though Intuit launched QuickBooks 2008 as a Windows-only product last week, the company is also working on a Mac version that will be released at an undisclosed date next year. In a statement to MacNN, QuickBooks officials said "(We are) currently focused on developing the next generation Mac platform and plans to deliver a new QuickBooks Mac offering in 2008. This decision will result in an offering designed to delight and meet the evolving needs of our new and existing Mac customers." Officials added: "We are committed to delivering the Mac community the best business and personal finance solutions in the market. More details will be shared as appropriate when they become available."
In the meantime, QuickBooks Pro 2007 will be fully supported per
Intuit's standard support policy.
The Windows version of QuickBooks Pro 2008 has a new feature that lets users create, encrypt and securely transmit their Accountant's Copy file to a server for their accountant to download and review. It also has a new Intuit WebListings Service that helps businesses more easily manage multiple Web listings, sending the appropriate company information to leading local listings sites, such as Google Maps, Yahoo! Local, YellowPages.com and superpages.com.
Intuit already committed to a Mac version of Quicken 2008 in mid-August, commenting on the "anticipation of the launch of the new Mac OS X (Leopard)." The Windows line-up of Quicken 2008 includes "Quicken Starter Edition," which features "only the tools needed to make it as easy as possible to see what's coming in, going out, and what is left to spend each month." The program includes an "Express Setup" feature streamlines the startup process and helps users get up and running in four easy steps, providing a complete view of their finances "in minutes." It also includes connections to more than 5,300 banks, brokerages and other financial institutions including PayPal.