"Like everything else, as QB ages it gets fatter and slower"1.5 starson by karmakelli
Pros: same renowned versatility
Cons: bloated and sluggish
Summary: I've been a QB user since 1998, inc Pro versions from 2002, 2005, and now 2008. Why do I upgrade every three years? Intuit FORCES me to ... they discontinue payroll support and credit card processing for the older versions. Without the ability to process the funds coming in OR going out, an accounting program is pretty useless.
My daily backups in QB 2005 took maybe a minute for 35 meg. The SAME DATA FILE now takes about six minutes and runs 60 meg. QB 2005 took around 30 seconds to open. QB 2008 takes more than a minute.
They've added security features, but in a lot of cases what used to take one or two steps now takes five or six ("You want to turn on credit card security features? Are you s-u-r-e...???" etc. etc.)
I was able to turn off the annoying "Home Navigation" screen, and so far the solicitations to buy QuickBooks checks and sign up for online Quickbooks backup and try out advanced Quickbooks payroll and purchase the Quickbooks coffee mug, T-shirt and board game have been only intermittent. But with every subsequent version the program looks more and more like the fast-food boulevard in Suburbia USA, with billboards and advertisements popping up all over the landscape like lightning bugs in the Indiana June moonlight.
Just one more thing that was easier before Bush, I guess.