Quicken for iPad, iPhone, Macs

With over 100 million iPhones sold, 15 million iPads sold, 200 million iTunes accounts, and not to mention iPod Touch users and other Mac systems, when is quicken going to pay attention to the Mac crowd by supporting a full-function app with desktop syncing, bill pay, etc, not a pared-down, limited-use web-based service? Not to mentioned a full-fledged desktop application rather than something with just the "essentials"?

Been asking this questions for 3 years with no real answer.

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People seem to have a very native view of what it takes to bring out a new software product.

Lets take Quicken Essentials for the Mac as an example for what happens in the real world.
For many years Quicken for Mac struggled with what was essentially a ported version of Quicken Windows.  The code was ugly (as in hard to maintain) lacked features and generally behaved like a Windows program instead of a Mac program.  And clearly Intuit was much more interested in the Windows product then the Mac product.

OK few years ago Intuit says we need to fix this, but how?  The only way is a total rewrite, but more then that you need to find out exactly what a "Mac" product is suppose to look like instead of "Windows", and on top of that you aren't going to put the same amount of people working on the Mac product as you do the Windows product (Windows product makes more money, so you allocate according to that).

So you put together a group and you start developing.  You release a very basic product, and then add features, and such as you find what does and doesn't work.

Fast forward to today.  Everyone is happy with Quicken Essentials right?  Wrong.  People are complaining about its lack of features even though they probably have been adding more features to it faster then in the Windows product.  It just has a long ways to go to get all the features people want.

I think that Quicken Essentials was first release almost 2 years ago.
Now you have this iPhone thingy popup with a completely different OS, and then this even newer iPad thing and people wonder why Intuit doesn't have a Quicken for it.

Not to mention all the different mobile devices, all with their own OS/Platform where you can't share much of the code.

If it was as easy as people think to bring out and maintain Quicken then you would see a hundred competitors with software selling for $10.  It is not an easy thing and it takes time and money, and a business has to decide where to put their resources and Intuit not only makes Quicken it makes a whole host of other products some of which make them much more money for the resources they put into it.

There is a reason that Microsoft dropped out of this kind of product.
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