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Home and business for the Mac

Are there plans to have the home business edition available for the MAC?

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  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    Greg has linked the relevant post -- and you should add your vote at the top of page 1 of that thread if this is something you desire.

    If you don't want to read through the hundreds of posts in that thread, here's what we do and don't know:

    1) While lots of Quicken users have said they'd like to have a Mac Home and Business version, no one outside the Quicken brain trust knows, and they have given absolutely no indication whether this is something planned for the future or not. Many users would like to know the future plan, as it impacts their hardware and software purchases, whether the answer is "yes, we're working on it," "yes, we plan to do this but it won't be any sooner than 3 years from now," or "no, we are not planning to develop such a Mac product." But Quicken has remained mum on this topic (as they typically do on most forward-looking topics).

    2) It hasn't happened so far because they have been re-developing Quicken Mac from scratch, and even after years of development, it still doesn't match the feature set of Quicken Deluxe for Windows. Since the Home and Business features are built on top of the Quicken Deluxe core, they couldn't develop a Mac Home and Business product until they build up the base product to be pretty full-featured. A lot of progress has been made, and Quicken Mac today is far more capable than it was 5 years ago -- but there are certainly still some key features missing, and hundreds of user requests for enhancements, so the developers have a long list of things to tackle separate from investing the time it would take to build the Home and Business functionality.

    3) Keep in mind that it's a business decision for Quicken, and the way they have structured the subscription program, it seems there's likely a difficult path forward as a business proposition. They would have to invest thousands of hours of developer time in building such a product, and the need an ROI on such an expensive project. But most of the people who would adopt a Mac Home and Business product would be people currently using the Windows version, so they wouldn't bring in any additional revenue. Maybe some Mac Deluxe users would decide to upgrade, but that's likely a pretty small number. And perhaps some people who now use QuickBooks or some other software would switch if there was a Quicken Mac Home and Business product, but again that's likely to be a pretty small number. So while a Mac Home and Business product would undoubtedly delight people who have switched to a Mac but are running the Windows Home and Business program in a virtual machine, or who would like to switch to a Mac but are continuing to use a Windows PC just for Quicken Home and Business, those users would contribute little additional revenue to pay for the significant development cost. That's why it's hard to predict if they will move ahead with this or not. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993

Answers

  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    Accepted Answer
    Greg has linked the relevant post -- and you should add your vote at the top of page 1 of that thread if this is something you desire.

    If you don't want to read through the hundreds of posts in that thread, here's what we do and don't know:

    1) While lots of Quicken users have said they'd like to have a Mac Home and Business version, no one outside the Quicken brain trust knows, and they have given absolutely no indication whether this is something planned for the future or not. Many users would like to know the future plan, as it impacts their hardware and software purchases, whether the answer is "yes, we're working on it," "yes, we plan to do this but it won't be any sooner than 3 years from now," or "no, we are not planning to develop such a Mac product." But Quicken has remained mum on this topic (as they typically do on most forward-looking topics).

    2) It hasn't happened so far because they have been re-developing Quicken Mac from scratch, and even after years of development, it still doesn't match the feature set of Quicken Deluxe for Windows. Since the Home and Business features are built on top of the Quicken Deluxe core, they couldn't develop a Mac Home and Business product until they build up the base product to be pretty full-featured. A lot of progress has been made, and Quicken Mac today is far more capable than it was 5 years ago -- but there are certainly still some key features missing, and hundreds of user requests for enhancements, so the developers have a long list of things to tackle separate from investing the time it would take to build the Home and Business functionality.

    3) Keep in mind that it's a business decision for Quicken, and the way they have structured the subscription program, it seems there's likely a difficult path forward as a business proposition. They would have to invest thousands of hours of developer time in building such a product, and the need an ROI on such an expensive project. But most of the people who would adopt a Mac Home and Business product would be people currently using the Windows version, so they wouldn't bring in any additional revenue. Maybe some Mac Deluxe users would decide to upgrade, but that's likely a pretty small number. And perhaps some people who now use QuickBooks or some other software would switch if there was a Quicken Mac Home and Business product, but again that's likely to be a pretty small number. So while a Mac Home and Business product would undoubtedly delight people who have switched to a Mac but are running the Windows Home and Business program in a virtual machine, or who would like to switch to a Mac but are continuing to use a Windows PC just for Quicken Home and Business, those users would contribute little additional revenue to pay for the significant development cost. That's why it's hard to predict if they will move ahead with this or not. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • Bungy123
    Bungy123 Member
    how well does the Windows Home and Business run virtually on Macs?
  • john hunt
    john hunt Member
    on the quicken for Mac purchase page, there is a deformed and irregular appearing option for "home and business" now, that takes one to a page that one can buy it for $103.99 for a one year subscription. https://www.quicken.com/mac/compare

    By the time you read this, they hopefully will have fixed the page. For now, this is obviously a malformed sales page, but I wonder if the option is real or pending. I almost bought it in case, but then I figured not to screw up my current quicken. I sure hope they build it. It's a smaller market sure, but big enough to justify a modest business case
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