Microsoft Money

Microsoft MoneyI’ve been using Microsoft Money since 1995 because it came free with Windows 95. I recently upgraded to Microsoft Money 2004 (version 12) from version 2. You read right. Version 2. Or maybe it was 3. Or 4. Anyway, it was a royal pain in the arse to upgrade, and I hope I never have to do it again. The obvious “benefits” of upgrading:

  • Your data file will increase 100 times.
  • The new version will take up 10 times the amount of memory and disk space.
  • The new version is 20 times slower.
  • The new version includes lots of new features you’ll never use but sound good on paper.

But it looks pretty.

4 Replies to “Microsoft Money”

  1. A friend of mine asked me to help him with a “Funds Tracker 2004”. we’re making it in C#, using the data file you export from the royal bank site. assuming other banks use the same .csv file format, i suppose it could work for them as well. it’s pretty neat, he whipped something up in a few hours that reads in the file, parses everything and displayed all your purchases/deposits in a nice little tree view. We aren’t really sure of the usefulness yet other than you can see where all your money goes. a little graph showing how much you spent at burger king in the last month or something… :(

  2. “Anyway, it was a royal pain in the arse to upgrade, and I hope I never have to do it again.”

    This is how I feel about most upgrades. If I’ve had no problems for years using the old version of some program, why upgrade? Most upgrades are designed to satiate computer geeks anyway, not the rest of us who feel no need to fix it if it ain’t broke.

  3. some of us ARE computer geeks eh!?

    I would use Money if i really wanted to manage my money, but i much prefer just spending it all and having 5$ to my name for 13 days between paycheques. :)

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