In February, Intuit will release a long-awaited update to the Mac desktop version of Quicken. The new software has been renamed again. When it appears on shelves with the retail price of $69.99, it will be labeled “Quicken Essentials for Mac.” You can pre-order Quicken Essentials for Mac now and receive $10 off the full price.
Before you buy the software, understand its limitations when compared with the various Windows-based versions of the desktop software. While Quicken Essentials for Mac will track the value of your investments, it does not handle the level of detail that you find in other versions of the software, including the previous version of their Apple-based software, Quicken Mac 2007. If you want to track daily investment activity including transactions, Quicken Essentials for Mac will disappoint.
Quicken Essentials for Mac will not work directly with Intuit’s TurboTax so you cannot use your data in Quicken to speed up tax filing. Read Quicken’s product information page for more features and limitations.
I’m not a Mac user, but I understand that Intel-based Macs can often run Windows programs. My preference would be to run a Windows desktop version of Quicken, such as Quicken Home & Business 2010. Intuit is currently offering 50% off other Quicken products. I use Quicken Home & Business on my Windows-based computer almost every day.
Here are the current sale prices. Note: some readers have reported the 50% discount seems to be unavailable currently.
|Quicken 2010 Home & Business||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$49.99|
|Quicken 2010 Premier||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$44.99|
|Quicken 2010 Deluxe||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$29.99|
|Quicken Essentials for Mac 2010||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$59.99|
|Quicken Medical Expense Manager||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$69.99|
|Quicken Home Inventory Manager||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$29.99|
|Quicken Rental Property Manager 2010||Buy CD-ROM||Download||$74.99|
|Quicken Online Edition||Free|
These sale prices are good until January 23, 2010. If you are asked for an offer code, use 6301262157 to activate all discounts other than the Quicken Essentials for Mac.
Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published January 20, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.