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Goodbye to Microsoft Office Accounting

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They say that second place is the same as last place. So is last place.

We feature Microsoft Accounting in our book, The Startup Bible as a genuinely excellent and relatively inexpensive accounting software for business, along with the much more scaled-down Microsoft Money (suitable for low-revenue, one-person businesses). Alas, neither Money (which Microsoft announced it will discontinue back in June) nor Accounting will make it into the 2010 edition as Microsoft today announced that, on November 16, it will be sending Office Accounting to the Microsoft graveyard, where it will join a veritable zombie army of forgotten. Who can ever forget FrontPage or Liquid Motion? Well, pretty much everyone. And we’re not even bringing up the true graveyard, blood-sucking horrors such as BOB — it was the glasses, I tell you, those Bill Gates glasses that announced BOB as a true perversion of all things good and true.

Folks who purchased Accounting recently can receive a full refund if they apply by December 1, 2009. Those who are already using the software will receive both basic and paid support for the next five years (if you live in the UK, this support will be outsourced).

When we put together our accounting software recommendations for our book, we hired professional accountants and bookkeepers to review the software. However, I myself rolled up my sleeves and spent considerable time with all the accounting products we reviewed (more time than I care to admit since, well, it serves as irrefutable proof of my inner geekiness). And, to be perfectly honest, Microsoft Money and Accounting grew on me steadily over the months I used it.

Now, while I can’t boast decades of accounting experience (hell, I can’t boast days of accounting experience), I did spend almost two years as the lead information architect developing one of the first online accounting software packages, Cyberoffice (yet another victim of the dot com bust). I literally spent an entire year immersing myself in the major accounting programs, including PeachTree, QuickBooks, and Clients and Profits, getting to know every nook and cranny and cobweb in trying to develop the workflow and interface for the online Cyberoffice.

So my fondness for Money and Office Accounting is well-deserved since I’ve been steeped in accounting software for some years (granted, without being steeped — even lightly dipped — in the day-to-day grind of accounting). So we bid Office Accounting a fond farewell, select about half a page of text from our second edition, and hit the backspace button.

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