Microsoft Money For Mac OS X?
by, September 14th, 2009 at 01:11 PM
Most people who switch from Windows to Mac find themselves entering a much simpler and less annoying world of computing. And they can find Mac equivalents for most of the familiar programs they used in Windows and most are better than those found in Windows. There is one glaring exception: financial software.
The selection of financial software for Mac OS X is vast, but very few are worth your time and hardly any are worth your money. Quicken for Mac is nothing like Quicken for Windows. The Mac version is awful, seemingly put together as an afterthought to get Mac users to hand over money for a pile of crocodile dung. That sounds harsh, but it is true. If Quicken for Windows was a full deck of 52 cards, Quicken for Mac would be a partial deck consisting of only a single torn card. Intuit should be ashamed for selling it for $70 and then charging a crapulous amount of money for India-based tech support.
There are other options for the Mac, and some are much more tolerable than Quicken, but they still pale in comparison to the offerings found in the Windows world. And I've tried them all.
That leads me to this question: why doesn't Microsoft develop Microsoft Money for Mac? They already produce Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Messenger for the Mac platform and will soon be developing Outlook, so why not Microsoft Money? I have tried to contact Microsoft about this, and when I do get a response, the answer is always, "There is not enough demand for it" or the like.
With no apparent plans for a Mac version of Money, Microsoft is squandering a great opportunity. I know several people who, after switching to Mac, find themselves with no financial software. So they choose to use Boot Camp or vMware Fusion to run their old copies of Microsoft Money for Windows. There are millions of Mac users who are waiting for good financial software for their platform and as soon as one is available, they will pounce. Intuit is currently developing a new version of Quicken for the Mac, supposedly re-designed from the ground up. But this new version has been delayed numerous times, and based on the past, I have no faith that the new version will be delivered soon or give me what I need.
The department of Microsoft that develops Mac software is, in the words of Bill Gates, treated in a unique way by Microsoft itself. The department is in a sense, its own entity and they are given free reign on what to develop, how to develop it and they set their own timetables. The engineers are dedicated to the Mac platform not only in their jobs, but in their personal lives as well. The Mac versions of Microsoft Office aren't clones of the Windows versions, they are designed specifically for Mac OS X and for Mac users.
With Microsoft's resources, the brand name, and the dedicated Mac department, Microsoft could develop a terrific financial software package for Mac OS X that would benefit the end-user and Microsoft.
If you would like to see a version of Money for the Mac platform, post your comments below and send Microsoft some feedback by clicking here.
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