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UK upgrade concerns
on 28 May 2009
Very briefly, I bought this product last year and eventually found an accountant to guide me through my particular needs. And did I need it!
It was not that intuitive for a non-accountant who was misdirected by another accountant knowing less than me!
This version requires an SP download which took ages - as did installing it. So I was less than impressed when my laptop died and I had to go through the whole thing all over again.
There is a 2009 upgrade but it seems to be just some reports and none of the benefits given to US users, so is Microsoft going to dump it? Where would that leave me?
As an non-accountant, I also do not know whether I should close previous years. There is no guide per se to provide directions... although there is a forum which I can and will post the same query.
It does not prompt if you make a wrong entry meaning you have to void it, keeping the entry on the system for posterity (for audit purposes)... although batch journal entries made it easier to avoid silly mistakes.
I am still horribly nervous with it, hence not closing previous books. Pity, really, as it was Microsoft's name which made me buy it in the first place.
Also, when I re-installed it, it chose the wrong backup file and more than 100 journal entries had disappeared.
I eventually found another which I hope has them but, in all honesty, it has not freed the stress levels when dealing with one's accounts through software.
I am currently at the stage of wondering whether to plough on or start afresh with a different package (based on Microsoft's apparent lack of enthusiasm for the UK market).