Buyer BEWARE - loyal customer no more. Please note that Quicken reserves the right to disable their on-line features and force you to upgrade: http://quicken.intuit.com/support/articles/buying-and-billing/discontinuation/3874.html
While portions of their policy are perfectly understandable and defensible, forcibly cripling the product for which I paid my hard earned $$$ is not. I don't ask for or expect perpetual support. However, I cannot purchase a product that can, essentially, be taken away from me on a whim. DRM anyone?
For the record I am a long-term, formerly loyal, Quicken user. I cut my teeth on Quicken for DOS in the 80's and remained a loyal, enthusiastic customer for years. No more.
Re: Alternatives, I've started the following product and reading lists. I hope to move this to a Wiki for collaboration in the coming month(s) - busy busy :(
Product List 1) http://www.squawkfox.com/2008/05/26/review-moneydance-2008-a-quicken-alternative/ 2) http://zenhabits.net/2007/05/6-great-free-alternatives-to-quicken-ms-money 3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_personal_financial_management_software 4) gnucash
Reading list: 1) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2321083,00.asp 2) http://financialsoft.about.com/b/2008/04/01/the-overdue-mintcom-review.htm#gB3 (I especially like this site - great content) 3) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2338814,00.asp 4) (a little off-tangent, but VERY useful nonetheless) http://www.sramanamitra.com/2009/01/31/redesign-that-online-personal-finance-part-1/
Doesn't anyone find it outrageous that 2010 Deluxe has dropped the investment tracking and reporting features? (at least, according to Intuit's own product feature comparison). Looks like one must upgrade to Premiere to preserve this functionality.
Intuit has been taken over by a bunch of crooks who cannot make you buy the product by improving quality. Each upgrade of Quicken & Quickbooks is worse than the previous one and full of bugs; on top of that, there is no technical support. I dumped there TurboTax 5 years ago for TaxAct and have been looking for alternatives to Quicken & Quickbooks with payroll. Does anyone have any suggestions? Too bad MS dumped Money.