The Good Microsoft Money 2007 Premium connects to thousands of financial institutions; one-step account updates; new savings and spending budgeting assistance; access accounts online; free year of online backup and other extras; merges duplicate accounts.
The Bad Microsoft Money 2007 Premium demands a Windows Live (formerly Passport) ID to sync with online accounts; pricey phone support; doesn't store images of receipts and invoices; ads within interface; Windows only.
The Bottom Line If you're using an earlier version of Microsoft Money, the 2007 updates may not tempt you to upgrade, unless the latest version's new budgeting abilities fit your needs.
Microsoft Money 2007
Microsoft Money 2007 Premium is a convenient tool to manage household financial accounts and track a budget. But it hasn't changed much from version 2006.While it is an affordable and easy-to-use application, market leader Quicken 2007 provides an even simpler interface and the capability to digitally store images of receipts and cancelled checks.
We tested the $79.99 Money 2007 Premium ($30 less with a mail-in rebate), which includes extras such as a free year of credit monitoring and online backup, as well as H&R Block's DeductionsPro. You can also check out the new, basic Money Essentials for $19.95; the $49.99 Deluxe version, which lacks Premium's extras but includes the latest budgeting tools; or the $89.99 Money Home & Business, which adds invoicing, payroll options through PayCycle, and Schedule C tracking.
Thankfully, Money's system requirements haven't changed drastically: you'll need Windows XP SP2 or later. Installation took us less than 10 minutes in our tests. We were careful to uncheck any boxes that might place us on unwanted advertising mailing lists; take care to do the same when you register this product.
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