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Quicken is still important - and could be even more important depending on what's next. Most Quicken users, typically people who monitor their money and investments like hawks - will likely get around to upgrading eventually.
But if you haven't tried Quicken before - there's nothing in the 2016 version to convince you to start now.
Quicken requires you to know where to look.* Expanding availability on devices.
It's doable, but requires the software to be reinvented as much as the PC itself - the device on which Quicken flourished - has.
Invented more than 30 years ago when most people were still using pencil and paper to track their finances - Quicken is fighting to remain relevant in a world awash with free money-tracking smartphone apps, more than capable bank Web sites and financial overview Web sites like
It's a bit of an anachronism - a software program that runs on desktop computers and costs or more.
Intuit is shifting its focus to online financial services and tax preparation and has put Quicken up for sale.
Intuit is betting on its cloud-based service and apps - which are free to use - but make money in part by pitching credit cards and other services to users. It's easy to write off Quicken as a dead product of a bygone age of desktop software. Quicken stands at the crossroads of a new age of technology - where it could play a vital role.
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But what if you leave your bank or switch to another brokerage? That includes hiring more consumer service representatives in the U. Even Windows 10 has extended and evolved the idea of what a PC is - as the same apps designed to run in Windows 10 can also run on phones, tablets and even the TV.