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4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Upgrade from Quicken 2010, October 20, 2010
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This review is from: Quicken Home & Business 2011 - [Old Version] (Software)
I was not a beta tester and was not "encouraged" to write a glowing review by Intuit. This review only speaks to the question of whether this is a worthwhile upgrade from the 2010 version. The 2011 version contains very few new features when compared to the 2010 version. Whether you find these new features worth the upgrade price is debatable. The quicken site is a bit misleading in their "new features" list since many of the items they mention were already in the 2010 version. As with past Quicken upgrades, they largely give you MORE of a existing feature, and not much in the way of new features. So, for example, MORE banks are supported for direct connect. MORE transactions can be automatically categorized since auto-categorization already existed. So in these cases, if your banks are already supported and you don't use auto-categorization, then these enhancements are irrelevant. So for those thinking of upgrading from 2010, here's the list of only NEW features in the 2011 version:

- All Transactions register: This could be handy if you use many accounts and want to enter, maintain and view your transactions in one place. However, if you download transactions from your banking and investment institutions, the download window does not show up when you are in this mode, so you will be forced to continue using the individual account registers anyway.

- Register customization: You can decide which columns appear in each individual register. Transaction Notes can now be shown/edited as a column instead of treating them like an attachment.

- Attachment Encryption: I'm fairly certain this wasn't in the prior version. I guess you can now password protect attachments.

- The usual "Where's Waldo" changes to the program: They've moved menu items and eliminated speed button lists in registers. I imagine they did this to make the interface "look" simpler/cleaner, but now you have to rummage through the menus to find them. So, for example, the "Live Community" speed button was eliminated; It is now found as a "Help" menu item. Also, each account's "Overview" speed button has been eliminated; You now find that in the "Account Actions" menu. Since it is likely that the eliminated speed buttons were rarely needed by most users, the changes will be well received.

That's it! Is it worth the upgrade? You decide.
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2010 2:04:19 PM PDT
I agree with your assessment: not worth the upgrade. Perhaps Quicken will actually listen to the marketplace and introduce updates with true value-added features. Likely not.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2010 7:25:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 7, 2010 7:30:19 PM PST
G. Abbott says:
Thank you for giving us the no BS version of a review. I think its refreshing when someone can fairly review without over doing the amount of colorful language because someone is unimpressed about a product. The fact is i have not found a better product. I do think Quicken can be a lot better but until someone builds a better product complaining is useless. Stop crying you big babies. :)

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 2:49:07 PM PST
Giant Panda says:
Excellent review. Do you think it will be worthwhile to upgrade from Quicken 2004?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2010 8:26:17 AM PST
Steve Kowal says:
Yikes. I think you missed the boat on this one. If you "wiki" quicken, you will find that they stopped supporting (retired) the 2004 version in 2007. This means that they have not specifically tested upgrading the 2004 version to any version released beyond 2007. So it would probably be a hit or miss proposition if you attempt to upgrade. Based on their sunset policy, you are forced to upgrade around every 3 years. Quicken does have export and import features that could possibly be used as a fallback to achieve an upgrade. Also, getting your hands on the 2007 version to do a two stage upgrade would be the best bet.

As far as reasons to upgrade from the 2004 version, I don't know where to find a list of feature changes from version to version.

Posted on Apr 2, 2011 7:11:48 PM PDT
I make it a point to never update quicken but once every three years,

Posted on May 12, 2011 6:19:34 AM PDT
thank you! I agree (I assume you agree, lol) that is is not worth the upgrade money. 2010 will be just fine!

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 4:49:05 PM PDT
JM says:
I don't know too much about computers. If I upgrade to 2011 from 2006, will all of the information transition ok?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2011 9:09:15 AM PDT
Claudia says:
I agree with you wholeheartedly. Too many grievances vented here, not enough true and (mostly) objective product reviews. I've taken this reviewer's advice and decided not to upgrade (really DON'T like the auto-categorization feature because we have one online seller - you guess - sending us all kinds of stuff in all kinds of categories). We are sticking with Quicken H&B and related tax programs because, although not perfect, they work for us and are not complicated, no steep learning curve here.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 6:50:51 PM PST
Your post has been helpful. I have Quicken 2006 which I know is no longer supported and the fortunate part for me is that I really didn't take the time to use most of the features and setup the accounts as I should have. I have the option through Amazon to purchase 2010, 2011 or 2012. If I am willing to start fresh. What would you recommend?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2012 9:49:17 PM PST
Nancy T says:
Has Debra on jan 7, 2012 ever received a reply advising on whether to buy 2010, 2011 or 2012? I am looking at Quicken Home & Biz but was shocked by some of the 2012 reviews of the product. Any other opinions to help guide us would be most welcome.
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