Quicken Home and Business 2013 Organizes your personal and your home based business finances, all in one place. Categorizes your personal and home business expenses so you know where your money is going. Shows your profit and loss at a glance so you … see full wiki
Is Going Mobile Better?: A Quicken Home and Business 2013 Review
May 14, 2013
I decided to upgrade from Quicken Home and Business 2011 to Quicken Home and Business 2013 since this is my normal upgrade cycle. I don't normally upgrade every year and find doing so to be a waste of money. While there are plenty of improvements to be found, the biggest difference between the two versions includes the addition of a mobile app and email/text alerts.
This version of Quicken Home and Business 2013, created by Intuit, works with Windows XP SP2 and above, plus syncs with iOS and android apps. Basic system requirements include CD/DVD drive, 1 Ghz or higher processor, 1 GB or higher memory, up to 1 GB hard disk space, an internet connection, sound card, and a printer. Looking at the boxes of both packages, they both basically do the same thing, manage personal and business accounts. The main differences are the improvements and the new mobile and alert features.
For installation, I saved, backed up, and uninstalled my old version of Quicken Home and Business, then I installed the new version. Once installation was complete, I opened the save file where Quicken Home and Business 2013 converted the file. Once converted, I added the iOS apps to my iPhone and iPad.
The mobile app shows a lot of statistics, alerts, and high level information. You can also add transactions and search for previously entered and uploaded entries. This is an interesting new feature which should continue to be improved in future versions. The text alert system works well too. I personally find this feature to be annoying. I currently have Quicken to send me a weekly update of account balances. The amount of information I receive in text is overwhelming, and I tend to ignore the alert as a result. My annoyance may not be shared by everyone though.
The most frustrating issue is dealing with all the bugs. I've been using Quicken Home and Business 2013 for months now, and it seems the issues are commonplace. The renaming feature regularly fails until I restart the program, matched transactions tie to cleared transactions from any payee but the right one, and recently I had to go back six months to search for reconciled transactions which were mysteriously deleted from multiple accounts. Working with Quicken is still efficient even with the bugs; however it adds unnecessary frustration and makes the process more difficult than it should be.
I'm a fan of Intuit products, and have used Quicken Home and Business for many years. I have never experienced so many issues until this version. If the mobile features are important to you, Quicken Home and Business 2013 may be worth the frustration, otherwise an older version may be a better solution until Intuit can work the kinks out of this latest version. I would probably have been happier if I stuck it out with the older version instead of upgrading to Quicken Home and Business 2013.
PROS: 60 Day money back guarantee Easily exports to Turbo Tax Mobile apps Import bank data directly into quicken Budget and planning tools
CONS: Buggy and problematic
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