Quicken Mac vs Windows PC? Differences?

I'm a college student, so I may not actually use all of the features "lost" by Quicken Mac. Does anyone know the exact differences between the PC versions and the Mac version? I'm an intermediate-advanced computer user, and I already have a Mac with Parallels, 7, and an XP copy on standby. I want to be able to use TurboTax eventually, but I don't currently have taxes to file (though I'm going to work this year, and maybe invest).

What I want is to buy something that will work for my current situation, and I feel like it would be helpful to know what the differences are.

Thanks!

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From what I have read, the Quicken Essentials is a very stripped down version of Quicken for Mac 2007 and Quicken for Mac 2007 is much less feature-rich than any of the versions of Quicken for Windows. You can try out the software - there is a 60 day (30?) money back guarantee. So if you start with Essentials and don't like it, you can return it and try one of the other options.

You might want to pose your question in the Quicken for Mac area to get specifics on what the Mac versions will cover, for example integration with TurboTax. I think you will find folks there that have migrated from Windows versions to Mac versions who would have more info on the feature comparision. You might also want to join the Quicken Inner Circle as there is more detailed discussions there on the development of the various Quicken products. That should help with finding out how Quicken Essentials is doing with respect to adding more features.

The Windows versions do cover investing, have integration with TurboTax, and cover employment aspects (like a paycheck and taxes). You may want to drop by a book store and have a look at some Quicken books:  Quicken Official Guide, QuickSteps, Quicken for Dummies, or Quicken Missing Manual (all Windows based, I am afraid).
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