Intuit Unveils New Quickbooks 2003 Financial Product Line

By SmallBusinessComputing Staff | Posted November 19, 2002
Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com

Intuit introduced its new line-up of QuickBooks products for 2003. New financial solutions for small businesses include the release of QuickBooks, specialized versions of QuickBooks for contractors and accountants, as well as an updated version of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management software for larger and more complex businesses.

The new 2003 line-up includes: QuickBooks Premier, Pro and Basic 2003; QuickBooks Online Edition v 7; QuickBooks Premier: Contractor Edition 2003; QuickBooks Premier: Accountant Edition 2003; and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software v 2. Intuit also recently introduced Intuit Payroll Service Complete Payroll, an outsourced payroll solution that may be used directly from within QuickBooks, which makes the entire payroll process faster, more convenient and more accurate for users.

QuickBooks Premier 2003
QuickBooks Premier 2003 features new integrated FedEx shipping and tracking and the newly added QuickBooks Employee Organizer - which provides compliance guidance, reports and up-to-date information on federal and state laws to help businesses better manage employee administration. QuickBooks 2003 also features sales orders and inventory control features and new planning and improved analysis tools to help users take their businesses to the next level by gaining better insight into their business and planning for the future.

QuickBooks Premier, Pro and Basic 2003 are priced for new users at $499.95, $299.95 and $199.95 respectively. Intuit will begin taking orders on Nov. 19, 2002.

QuickBooks Online Edition v 7
The latest release of QuickBooks Online Edition gives users a way to manage their businesses on the Web. New features include the option to have bills, checks, credit charges and cash purchases automatically entered as transactions. Also, customers can set up new payment options, which allow the business owner to automatically apply discounts or penalties for early or late payments. The combination of existing and new features gives businesses more control by having all of their key financial information organized in one easy solution that is accessible from almost anywhere. QuickBooks Online Edition costs $14.95 per month for one to five users. Support is provided for no additional charge.

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software v 2
QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions is a business management solution, designed with greater capacity and improved performance to meet the needs of growing businesses. The software has the ability to support 10 simultaneous users, as well as expanded list limit capacity. In this release, users will find the new QuickBooks features and services, including integrated FedEx shipping service, new planning and improved analysis tools and enhanced inventory control. The software integrates with over 140 third-party applications separately available for purchase through the QuickBooks Solutions Marketplace. QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software v2 is priced at $3,500, including the service plan. Current QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions software customers who purchased the full service plan - which includes version protection - are eligible for a free upgrade to this latest release.

Industry-Specific QuickBooks Financial Solutions
The following solutions are designed to better meet the unique needs of businesses in specific industries. These products include all the new features and functions found in QuickBooks Premier 2003 along with the customized feature sets by industry.

For Construction Businesses - The new QuickBooks Premier 2003: Contractor Edition solution has been custom built for construction businesses with 1-20 employees. New streamlined estimating and change order processes help increase accuracy and save time. The new job costing feature shows contractors which jobs are making money - and which are not. In addition, QuickBooks Contractor Edition includes specialized reports, customized navigation tools and an industry-specific help system.

QuickBooks Premier 2003: Contractor Edition will be priced at $499.95 for new users and $379.95 for upgraders.

For Accountants- QuickBooks Premier 2003: Accountant Edition helps accountants better serve their clients as well as manage their own practice. Special features designed to help increase efficiency include: enhanced general journal entry options, specialized reports, the ability to access client files remotely, new closing procedures, and an accountant navigator, which gives accountants direct access to features they use most. And the QuickBooks Premier 2003: Accountant Edition is compatible with all QuickBooks 2003 financial software products, allowing accountants to view and edit client files.

QuickBooks Premier 2003: Accountant Edition will be priced at $499.95 for new users and $379.95 for upgraders. Intuit will begin taking orders on Nov. 19, 2002.

A new version of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software is now available for accountants whose clients use QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software v 2. Accountants who use the software can work with clients who use any QuickBooks 2003 financial software product.

QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Business Management Software v2: Accountant Edition is priced at $749 for a single-user license.

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