The 2008 version of the accounting software for small businesses is the most significant new version since 1995, including improvements to its navigation functionality and reporting, according to vendor Intuit.
The new version aims to put all of a user's key information or features in central locations, starting with a new customisable homepage for displaying important and critical everyday activities on one screen, to save time hunting through menus and lists.
New customer, supplier and employee centres in QuickBooks Pro and Premier versions of the new release have also been designed to bring all related information into one location, so that key data like contact and transaction history can be viewed on a single page.
And a new set-up wizard guides first-time users through the process of configuring the system, while fields can be pre-populated through a new 'learning' feature so that new supplier information can be pre-filled based on past entries.
Other improvements include a new value added tax (VAT) management feature and integration with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook contacts.
QuickBooks Simple Start 2008 is available for download today at 39.95, while QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2008 versions start from 299.95 or 499.95 respectively, rising to 1599.99 for multiple users of the Premier 2008 edition. All prices include VAT.
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