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Though it's not nearly as easy to use as some other accounting software programs, Microsoft Money is good accounting software. The program is divided into nine different categories, including: Home, Business, Banking, Bills, Reports, Budget, Investing, Planning, and Taxes.
Also, this accounting program goes beyond typical small business features to include sections on investing, planning, and budgeting to help you succeed in business and with your personal finances.
Accounting & Business Functions
Because individual sections aren't clearly labeled, you must hunt around the program to find the features you want. For example, to find Inventory we had to open the Help Section and run a search.
One way Microsoft might improve this program would be to break up each section and label the categories with clear icons such as: Inventory, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Job Costing. However, the Banking, Bills, and Reporting Sections are all easy to spot.
This program will run with Vista.
Implementation & Startup
Microsoft's Help Section is excellent; it comes complete with a search tool and a question mark icon in the corner of your screen so you can find relevant answers quickly.
Help & Business Education
The Accounts Receivable section is substandard. You can make and email invoices, but you can't customize them. Also, you can't track shipments, print shipping labels, or estimate shipping costs. This section has only five reports available.
Microsoft Money is good accounting software, offering personal accounting features alongside the small business features. If you are looking for software that does both, this is the package for you.