QuickBooks Pro 2016 (PC) £49.99 (was £184.90) @ Amazon.co.uk
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QuickBooks Pro 2016 (PC) £49.99 (was £184.90) @ Amazon.co.uk

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Found 6th Oct 2015
Perhaps not for everyone, but this is a massive discount on the sticker price for industry leading small business accounting software!

The Premier version is also available for £89.99 (down from £333.14):
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Great saving, useful programme, thanks OP
If you buy desktop version will the app (Mobile version) be free than. Brilliant app but once the price jumped to £19.00 a month I cancelled it
A couple of simple questions:
Is there a realistic need to upgrade each year for Quickbooks to take account of tax rules/ accounting changes etc? Or could this software very well do for the next 5 years?

How does this Pro version differ from the equivalent online version (http://www.intuit.co.uk/quickbooks-accounting-software/se/)?
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jazid

A couple of simple questions:Is there a realistic need to upgrade each … A couple of simple questions:Is there a realistic need to upgrade each year for Quickbooks to take account of tax rules/ accounting changes etc? Or could this software very well do for the next 5 years?How does this Pro version differ from the equivalent online version (http://www.intuit.co.uk/quickbooks-accounting-software/se/)?



Someone more versed with the software will hopefully be able to clarify, but I don't believe there is a requirement to upgrade annually. I'm sure if there are changes to tax rules or accounting changes, these should be configurable in the software.

That leads into your second question: the difference between this, and the online version. From what I understand, the online version requires a monthly charge, whereas you should be able to use the desktop version for as long as it suits your needs. I would imagine that in the long run, the desktop version will provide much better value - especially at this price point!
jvesanto

Someone more versed with the software will hopefully be able to clarify, … Someone more versed with the software will hopefully be able to clarify, but I don't believe there is a requirement to upgrade annually. I'm sure if there are changes to tax rules or accounting changes, these should be configurable in the software.That leads into your second question: the difference between this, and the online version. From what I understand, the online version requires a monthly charge, whereas you should be able to use the desktop version for as long as it suits your needs. I would imagine that in the long run, the desktop version will provide much better value - especially at this price point!



First of all, for £49.99 is an absolute deal of the year especially if you are looking for a comprehensive accounting software. Here are is my opinion:
I am user of QB 2014 Pro for almost 3 years now, great all in all accounting software, however not a perfect solution for warehouse management because search (adding items to the invoice) is filtered ONLY by the name of the product, no search by manufacturers number, your own number or description. Another very annoying 'lackoffeature' is (sorry for my inability to express properly) - Search works only if you enter the product name correctly starting from first letter. -Same for purchase orders.
I think that feature or lack of it is very important for certain businesses.

Was using it until I could remember exactly how items were named in the *product list*.

Oh, and once invoice checked as paid it gets a ugly PAID stamp in the middle of invoice (maybe it can be removed never bothered solving this or maybe its not there in QB2016 at all)

P.S. It is kind of OK if the naming is really well thought through before entering (item name field used to enter part number, description is the item name and part number usable only as a database entry), although it didn't help me in my case, was too confusing and was easier with purchase orders but a step back for sales in terms of efficiency.

(My main expectations from accounting software for it to be as simple and flexible as possible, it has to be easy to use, intuitive interface to maximize efficiency and most important need of remembering how to use the software for basic operations.
jazid

Thanks for the information. Seems like a good deal, but the future for … Thanks for the information. Seems like a good deal, but the future for Quickbooks is firmly online. I wonder whether the desktop product uses any services that may be discontinued (as this appears to be limited in scope to application API)?Perhaps this is the reason for the discount?https://developer.intuit.com/blog/2014/09/08/timeline-to-discontinue-the-quickbooks-desktop-rest-apihttp://www.sleeter.com/blog/2014/09/discontinuing-intuit-sync-manager/



Its been over a year since I received an update, and lately the update servers are just off but I confidently think that it makes no difference whatsoever, as I doubt that 2016 version is much different from 2014 or 2015if it exists at all.

I bet accounting software developers have higher quality standards that any other software that needs constant updates.

P.S. Complete accounting online only -IMHO is plain bad decision.

PPs And buy an extra CD in case you want to user the database on more than one computer, its much cheaper to buy standalone versions instead of calling them to buy extra license.
Edited by: "djarumx10" 6th Oct 2015
Just ordered The Premier version, thanks
Great find, we used to pay £80 +vat a month for a three user software & payroll. Not no more! Having purchased 2015 pro from Amazon earlier this year also on offer which does not expire until march 2016. Purchased this offer too and shall save installing until next year, thanks
devil109

Great find, we used to pay £80 +vat a month for a three user software & … Great find, we used to pay £80 +vat a month for a three user software & payroll. Not no more! Having purchased 2015 pro from Amazon earlier this year also on offer which does not expire until march 2016. Purchased this offer too and shall save installing until next year, thanks


What expires?
jazid

What expires?


Tax tables expires for payroll use for 2015 edition

Edited by: "devil109" 6th Oct 2015
I have been a quick books user for many years, I was happy to upgrade as our company grew and we needed more and more users, now using quick books enterprise version with 10 users. We have now been told that quick books uk are no longer supporting or selling the enterprise version leaving us up the creek without a paddle.
One to be put expenses.
just been offered the QuickBooks Pro 2016 PC for £39.99 on Bespoke Offers (beat my price), here's the website link - bespokeoffers.co.uk/

Edited by: "devil109" 6th Oct 2015
Is this definitely a pay once, use for ever, type of software? With no annual fees?

I have no payroll needs, and have in fact been using the 10+ year old Quickbooks Pro (v8 I believe) for years with no issues. BUT, it will not install to any Windows past Win XP, so I currently run it in a Virtual XP machine on my Win 7 PC.

I suspect if I upgrade my PC to Win 10, I will lose my virtual XP machine ability.

It is only for that one reason that I am considering getting a new version, but I don't want annual fees. (It would also be good if there was a way to transfer my data over.)
devil109

just been offered the QuickBooks Pro 2016 PC for £39.99 on Bespoke Offers … just been offered the QuickBooks Pro 2016 PC for £39.99 on Bespoke Offers (beat my price), here's the website link - https://www.bespokeoffers.co.uk/



​Screenshot please
Perhaps worth a look for those that are still unsure if this is free for life type software.
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LotusJas

Is this definitely a pay once, use for ever, type of software? With no … Is this definitely a pay once, use for ever, type of software? With no annual fees?I have no payroll needs, and have in fact been using the 10+ year old Quickbooks Pro (v8 I believe) for years with no issues. BUT, it will not install to any Windows past Win XP, so I currently run it in a Virtual XP machine on my Win 7 PC.I suspect if I upgrade my PC to Win 10, I will lose my virtual XP machine ability.It is only for that one reason that I am considering getting a new version, but I don't want annual fees. (It would also be good if there was a way to transfer my data over.)



There's nothing I can see that would suggest there is an annual fee. The only annual fee mentioned is for the payroll version, so if you're not requiring payroll features, you should be good to use this for several years. I would also presume that there will be a way to import existing data, but I don't have any hands-on experience with this.
I was until recently an Intuit employee, working with accountants using the desktop version and QBO (QuickBooks Online). This desktop version out weighs the online version any day, in features and stability.

For one, you are not trapped in subscribing on a monthly basis to have access to your business accounts. Currently if you cancel QBO, you will have 1 year read only access to export your data, whereas on this desktop its always going to be yours and only yours. Intuit has no access to view your desktop data, on QBO they have access.

This will not expire, it is a life time license, one off payment and the software is yours to install on up to 2 machines simultaneously, but you can have more just have to get validation code from activation team. If you're on a monthly subscription for the software, it will only remain active if you keep paying your sub. If the product is turned off then you have no access to your business accounts. (if machine is not connected to internet, they cannot cancel your software)

The only part that will expire is the payroll tax tables, if you purchase with payroll. They will expire April 4th 2017 for this version. Beats paying £20 pcm just to add the payroll from intuit.

For anyone who wants a multi user license, its viable to purchase multiple copies and use them together to form a multi user system. For example a 5 user QuickBooks Pro would cost around £120 a month.

Hope this helps any small businesses on here :-)
Z786

I was until recently an Intuit employee, working with accountants using … I was until recently an Intuit employee, working with accountants using the desktop version and QBO (QuickBooks Online). This desktop version out weighs the online version any day, in features and stability. For one, you are not trapped in subscribing on a monthly basis to have access to your business accounts. Currently if you cancel QBO, you will have 1 year read only access to export your data, whereas on this desktop its always going to be yours and only yours. Intuit has no access to view your desktop data, on QBO they have access.This will not expire, it is a life time license, one off payment and the software is yours to install on up to 2 machines simultaneously, but you can have more just have to get validation code from activation team. If you're on a monthly subscription for the software, it will only remain active if you keep paying your sub. If the product is turned off then you have no access to your business accounts. (if machine is not connected to internet, they cannot cancel your software)The only part that will expire is the payroll tax tables, if you purchase with payroll. They will expire April 4th 2017 for this version. Beats paying £20 pcm just to add the payroll from intuit. For anyone who wants a multi user license, its viable to purchase multiple copies and use them together to form a multi user system. For example a 5 user QuickBooks Pro would cost around £120 a month. Hope this helps any small businesses on here :-)



Thank you very much for taking your time to respond! Quick question; I noticed they are stopping support for the API for desktop versions; how will this effect future upgrades to banking etc
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Thank you very much for taking your time to respond! Quick question; I noticed they are stopping support for the API for desktop versions; how will this effect future upgrades to banking etc[/quote]

In a nutshell, there is no more new feature development on the roadmap for desktop. The only updates/upgrades will be to comply with new legislations, to improve current bugs and to align the GUI with the online version. Primarily Payroll features with RTI filings to HMRC with be updated as this is the biggest pain point they get contacted about.
Ok; if current features stop working such as importing bank account information; is it likely to be fixed?
djarumx10

Its been over a year since I received an update, and lately the update … Its been over a year since I received an update, and lately the update servers are just off but I confidently think that it makes no difference whatsoever, as I doubt that 2016 version is much different from 2014 or 2015if it exists at all.I bet accounting software developers have higher quality standards that any other software that needs constant updates. P.S. Complete accounting online only -IMHO is plain bad decision. PPs And buy an extra CD in case you want to user the database on more than one computer, its much cheaper to buy standalone versions instead of calling them to buy extra license.



Unfortunately you're wrong. Quickbooks has had huge issues with bugs when they switched databases a few years ago and was prone to crashing and even some data loss problems. These have got better but are by no means completely solved. There was also the debacle of them removing multi-currency then bringing it back a couple years later.

Their support "service" is a rip off. They are unable to fix anything but the most basic errors and you will pay through the nose for it. I hope any buyers never have any reason to call support as it is painful.

Also, Intuit lie about planned features, they lie about bugs and deny their existence even though you will see them all over the forums - if they haven't removed the people posting them. I gave up a while ago as I got fed up with the constant lies and misinformation.

Lastly, they want everyone to switch to cloud accounting as, aside from payroll, nothing has changed for years (except ruining the interface a few years ago) and the desktop version is basically neglected with barely any new features being added.

£50 is a good price and I still prefer it to the ever awful Sage but I despise Intuit and wouldn't trust them any further than I could throw them.

Source: many years an accountant using their software.







Edited by: "weltysparrow" 7th Oct 2015
hilljd00

Ok; if current features stop working such as importing bank account … Ok; if current features stop working such as importing bank account information; is it likely to be fixed?



In all honesty, nope not likely. The only bank synced with QB Desktop is Barclays, although there is an option for HSBC, it does not function with it.
Drat.... I spent too long deciding and it has gone up in price
Premier version is available for the SAME price on Currys: hotukdeals.com/dea…051
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