Pros It was cheap to start
Cons Slow; no flexibility
Summary This program has locked me into a 12-month fiscal year. I started a business in the middle of last year with a 12/31 year end (like MOST small businesses. This thing won't let me change it. It is doing a feb-feb year. Other parts of the program are equally inflexible. It is not intuitive, tax helpful or efficient. I should have chosen Quickbooks, and I'm going to change over. This is a MS joke.
"Very intuitive"on by makgun
Pros Feels like any MS application
Cons Inventory could be more powerful with more options and I would love to be able to add pictures here and there.
Summary I tried Peachtree, Quicken and Quickbooks and I hated them the same. I was desparate to manage my small business finances. Then I stumbled upon this gem and fell in love with its simplicity and power. If a program is not simple and intuitive, you wont use it no matter how powerful it can be. MS SBA is very simple to use and this means you will start using it immediately. The learning curve is low. You can do so many things with this program: such as making a sale as in POS, managing your bank account even downloading trnasactions from your bank on line, write checks and even make payroll if you sign up for that service and inventory. If you own a small business, look no further and do nto waste your time trying the other programs. On top of all these, the price is very reasonable. Buy it, you will like it.
Pros I liked the features offered: billing, customers, jobs, taxes and reports
Cons Figuring out features were tough - not user-friendly. After year and a half able to accomplish basics of needs for small business. I am not a PC novice. Purchased new computer - no updates available for VISTA! Program now USELESS to me.
Summary Don't bother!!!! It's a waste of a program because you would have to continue using XP for life. Find a non-microsoft program that will actually provide updates that keep up with the operating systems of the time. Between this and the waste of perfectly good printers (lack of new OS driver updates) just makes you want to go to a MAC!
Pros Price, availability
Cons Slow response, huge disk space
Summary The CNET reviewer has not done his homework. MS Accounting is Great Plains accounting as re-packaged by MS. MS did not 'borrow' from Quickbooks etc they simply bought somebody else's software, remodelled it as their own and now sell it. Just like the original MSDOS really.
MS Accounting seems to offer the necessary functions but runs very slowly. Also by the time you install the underlying database program and the application itself you have chewed up a large amount of disk space.
Pros It has low cost and runs over VPN OK (Thick Client)
Cons WAY too many to list...
Summary This program appears to be the black sheep of the MS Office lineup. Even the MS Office web site mostly does not include links for SBA. In fact, it is often hard to get the MS website to even find basic answers to SBA questions.
I dislike quickbooks for many reasons; but, this does little to solve it. The technical people are "nice" to talk to; but, after some dozen or so phone calls (and we got the first year, free - likely do to the poor functionality) not one single helpful answer.
Office integration is a JOKE. Printing your documents out provides some basic format; however, you must purchase Office PRO to have the ability to edit the XML tags. AND even when you do, tring to get more than a single user to function with custom forms likely will not work (we are still fighting this...and have effectively given in..)
I had truely hoped that they had pulled from Great Plains (which is no great shakes either); but, not the case. We are pretty much under the belief that 5 guys coded the whole thing, and only one of them even had units in accounting!
I might add in that the Vendor list will include ALL vendors, including the small store where you purchased a small item...right next to the $200,000 a year vendor that you care about. Everything is lost in a total lack of detail...
Avoid at nearly all costs!