Pros Easy to use, integrated BillPay
Cons Sync use inconsistent
Summary The reviewer mentions you must 'entrust your data to Microsoft Money Servers' -- this is incorrect. While Money can be used this way, it isn't required. You can still use all functionality, as well as integrated BillPay, without a Passport ID. The Passport ID is only required if you wish to use the one-stop sync funtionality instead of importing QIF or OFX files from financial institutions separately. Syncing with MSN Money, while convenient, is not without it's quirks.
Regardless, a service like CNET should spend a little more time with a product prior to creating a headline which incorrectly explains the product.
Pros I can get an accurate cash flow forecast. That was not possible in Quicken and still is not possible in Quicken 2007
Cons Needs the ability to plan out budgets at lease five years in the future.
Summary I used Managing Your Money back in the days of DOS (1984-2000). They never made a windows version so I switched to Quicken. From the start I could not get an accurate cash forecast. The program told me "I had to many transactions..." can not create a cash forecast based only on my budget?!?!
With Money I was able to get an accurate picture from the start. For comparison Quicken forecast my cash balance in one year to be - $50,000. Money's forecast for the same period with the same information $175,000. Quicken missed by almost a quarter of a million dollars!!! Stay away from it!!
Pros Better than Quicken, very customizable
Cons New Savings and Spending Budget can be confusing
Summary If you're looking to upgrade from 2006, don't bother. I actually prefer the Advanced budget from 2006 over 2007's Savings and Spending Budget. Unless you're willing to track gross income as opposed to net, I feel that the new budget is too difficult to work with.
Still better than Quicken and more customizable.
Pros It was pretty ?
Cons Lack of customer service period
Summary Long story short, I had a mess of a time setting up MSN Money 2007 to work with MSN Bill Pay, actually, it never did work. I was told by multiple Microsoft support personell that Money 2007 wouldn't work with MSN Bill Pay. By the time they had either gathered a potential solution, and hours of time wasted with them, I asked for some compensation for my trouble. Was told I could return it, and that was all, great MS, thanks for nothing! Read the actual E-mail I sent to all I could find at MS as a plea to just get a little customer service. http://money2007.quipwit.org
If you do choose this product, at least now you have a heads up as to one users experience. Thank You!
"Worst Money Ever"on by zayatm
Pros Debt Planner and cash flow forecast are still the best
Cons Crashes often...least stable...strike that. It's just unstable. No significant improvements from previous releases.
Summary This release is just the worst of all the Money I've used, and I've been using Money since 99 with annual upgrades. This product lives up to the tried and true Microsoft credo...let the users find the bugs. I've given up trying to get the darn thing to work and switched to Quicken 2007. I tried going back to 2006, but the damage was done. If I was going to spend time recreating my data, then I was not going to waste any effort on Microsoft. If I have a choice, I will not use a Microsoft product...they don't know how to make software.