Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More on Office Accounting 2007

I did a lot of searching and reading last night about the new product and finally downloaded a copy of Office Accounting Express. Here are some of the articles I found:
  1. Review: Microsoft's New Office Powerhouse: Office Accounting 2007 (CRN)
  2. Review: Intuit, Microsoft Accounting Add Web Services (PC World)
  3. Microsoft tries to lure 'mom and pop' companies (CNET -- lots of comments on this one)
  4. Microsoft offers free small-business software (InfoWorld)
  5. Office Accounting 2007 - Democratizing Software for Smaller Businesses (Smallbiztech)
  6. Microsoft introduces a new freebie (ZDNet)
  7. The official press release from Microsoft
  8. Ideawins.com -- a site put up by Microsoft explaining the product
There is a lot here to absorb before commenting further. One thing that was raised in a comment was the fact that you could not use Express if you are already using SBA 2006, which I find odd. I haven't tested it, so I do not know if that is truly the case. One anonymous commenter said he tested it, so if anyone else can also attest to that, please leave a comment.


At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Rich Lusk said...

There are two versions of Office Accounting 2007. Express and Professional. You can't create quotes and Purchase Orders with Express as well as a number of other things. Check http://ideawins.com/faq.html for FAQs which has a list of the differences. Therefore I believe based on the lack of features in Express I highly doubt one can upgrade SBA 2006 to Office Accounting 2007 Express. But I know from expreience as of yesterday that Office Accounting 2007 Professional will upgrade SBA 2006.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can run 2006 and 2007 side-by-side without issue.

As for if you'd want to, you probably would not want to upgrade your 2006 database to 2007 if you use functionality that is not in the Express product. You *can* but you wouldn't be able to create new documents of types which are not supported in Express.

Instead, it'd probably be better to wait until Professional is released and upgrade at that time. There will probably be a discounted upgrade price as well.

However, if you want to try out 2007, you can install it and create a new company and play around. Or you can always upgrade your DB and play around with it, and restore the backup if you decide you need the features that are missing.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger SBAGURU said...

Thanks. Yeah, the issue about missing features when you upgrade to Express vs. SBA 2006 is a good one. I wonder what happens...

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


what i cannot fathom is why someone would make an accounting package restricted to one currency!! I have been investigating the relevant options available to me and have to say I was really interested in SBA, but in the end if I cannot use it with my own currency then what is the point! so, right now it will be another sale for quickbooks...unless someone can guide me how to tweak an ini or registry setting to change the currency!

I have to say in this instance I am extremely dissapointed in microsoft (who profess to be a global company)

At 4:12 AM, Blogger SBAGURU said...

Office Accounting Pro 2007 supports multi-currency, unlike Quickbooks Pro. The first version, SBA 2006 did not support multi-currency, however.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Accounting Software said...

What does Office Accounting 2007 have which MAS 90, MAS 200 and MAS 500 from Sage Software do not have? All I know is that Microsoft is using modern technologies on their software but Sage is using old technology but still work so good.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes that would be cool for office accounting 2007. if you happen to look for Sage MAS 90 support go to http://www.mtsisolutions.com/support/mas-90-support.shtml

Sage MAS 90 is still the best accounting software for small to midsize businesses.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Carlene said...

I'm thinking of getting Office Accounting and compare it with the Peachtree accounting software series my friend has. He says that the Peachtree series is a great tool for accounting. Judging by the reviews on Microsoft Office Accounting, I think it's as good as Peachtree. I'll see which one's better myself. Trying things out to prove something yourself is better than just listening to others, right?

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