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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.

    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).
      I have been using QE since its early release in Feb, and I have yet to see a fully detailed list of what is new or missing compared to prior versions let alone compared to the Windows versions. A big problem is that the program has evolved so much since its initial release. Thus, a lot of the web reviews cover the app as it was in 10 months ago, and not how it is today. And many of the initial complaints have been resolved.

      Looking back at my finances when I was in college, I can tell you that QE would more than have sufficed. (I was toying around with version 1 and version 3 in those days!) I wasn't investing, budgeting, or planning for retirement! :-) As long as I had cash for pizza. . .  And while I don't know your personal situation, worrying about TurboTax integration (which QE does have), if you aren't even paying taxes now, I really don't think you have to worry about those features. I find it doubtful you suddenly will be worrying about estimated tax payments in the near future.  For simple taxes, just using TT separately is easier IMHO. Heck, I could complete my simple 1040EZ in those days faster than TT now downloads updates :-)

      I run VMs on my Mac-but I got away from them. Sure, they work great, but I am not going to fire Fusion up every time to enter a transaction. If you are new to personal finance software, you might really like QE-it really acts like an iLife app with the same look and feel. Want to batch change transactions in QE? Do it the same way you would batch change song data in iTunes. QE is so small and lightweight that I just leave it always running.

      Good luck with your studies. HTHs.

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