To help everyone who's struggling with a Microsoft vs Intuit choice, here's my latest "product support" e-mail from Intuit's "customer service" slimeballs staff:
"Dear [insert first name here 'cuz we're such good friends],
You may have heard about the upcoming release of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows Vista. Microsoft has made significant changes to how software runs on Windows Vista.
I'm sending you this important service alert because you are using a 2006 or earlier version of QuickBooks software.
Since QuickBooks 2006 and earlier versions were developed and released before the introduction of Windows Vista, these versions may be adversely affected when used on a computer running Windows Vista.
This will impact Simple Start, Basic, Pro, Premier, Payroll and Point of Sale, as well as other QuickBooks products and services. We recognize that your QuickBooks software is an important business tool and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO STAY UP AND RUNNING ON QUICKBOOKS
• If you do NOT upgrade to Windows Vista
No action is required. If you plan to stay with your existing Windows operating system (for example, Windows XP or Windows 2000), you can continue to use your current QuickBooks products.
• If you choose to upgrade to Windows Vista
We recommend that you use QuickBooks 2007 (and Point of Sale v6.0, if applicable). QuickBooks 2007 is the only version of the software built to run on the new Windows Vista operating system.
To learn more about your options for running QuickBooks products on Windows Vista, please visit www.quickbooks.com/support/vista
. You'll find detailed instructions on how to use QuickBooks while you consider the transition to Windows Vista.
Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would like to send us feedback on QuickBooks and Windows Vista, please visit our Windows Vista Resource Center at www.quickbooks.com/support/vista
Thank you for making QuickBooks a part of your business.
Senior Vice President, QuickBooks
Please print and save for your records."