Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Why you should wait to upgrade to QuickBooks 2010

"New QuickBooks 2010 is available!
Hurry and get your copy now!"

This is one call-to-action that I suggest you delay. Some users may be required to upgrade immediately because Intuit will no longer support some critical services in the older versions. But, for everyone else my suggestion is to wait just a few more months.

Every year, Intuit, the maker of QuickBooks, releases the latest and greatest version with much fanfare. Please be aware that this new software is being released with undetected bugs that will cause you much frustration. These bugs could cause QuickBooks to become very unpredictable, locking up the program or shutting it down completely. Even the simplest of tasks can cause fatal errors.

Now that I have your attention, let me assure you that this is only temporary. Once the public starts installing the new version, error messages and user feedback reports will start pouring in to Intuit. Their engineers will analyze this information and create update patches to be downloaded and installed. The update quantity will start to dwindle as the bugs are repaired and in a few months the majority of the issues should be resolved.

With that said, I do encourage you to buy the 2010 QuickBooks program. It offers some great new features that will definitely streamline your business. My suggestion is that you wait until after the first of the year to prevent a mountain of frustrations. The QuickBooks program was created to help business owners simplify their accounting tasks. Both Intuit and I would deeply regret any new user developing a dislike for the program because of this stumbling block.

So when you do install the new software, make sure you update immediately before you start using the program. The update will be lengthy, so expect to start it and walk away for a while. The wait will be worth it! And if you encounter any issues after that, give me a call. I’ll be glad to help.