It’s that time of year – nearly spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to love, couples think about Valentine’s Day, and wage-earners think about..filing taxes.
And as their special Valentines to you, Intuit, the makers of Quicken, would like to give you a sunset..but no, not a beautiful, picturesque sunset upon which to gaze with your intended, oh no. It’s their dreaded “sunset policy”, which, just as you are thinking about getting your financials together and updating last year’s information in Quicken, nips you in the bud and says “upgrade or lose it, buddy”.
Yep, it’s Intuit’s policy to expire certain components of Quicken every year, and this year owners of Quicken versions 2001 and 2002 got the happy news: effective April 19th users of Quicken 2001 and Quicken 2002 will no longer be able to access financial and bank data online, make online payments, or get technical support.
This means that users are faced with two choices: start entering everything by hand, being no longer able to pull data from online, or upgrade.
Or, wait, oh yes..there is a third choice: vote with your feet and use another financial accounting program.
Of course, this does explain the company’s name..you see once you’ve already put all of your financial eggs in the Quicken basket, they figure that you will be so far intuit that you’ll spring for the upgrade.