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Microsoft Money online service expiration?

Lately I've still been using Microsoft Money 2007, however I had never installed their stupid internet update patch and I'd noticed some issues lately with not being able to download updates.  I figured they were phasing out the old service, so I would need to finally install the updates.

Then I was searching online to find their instructions for installing the updates and ran across their Online Service Policy, which states:

Microsoft® Money 2007 includes up to two (2) years of Online Services. You will be able to use the Online Services in Microsoft Money 2007 for a period of two (2) years from activation of the product or until September 1, 2009, whichever is earlier. After expiration, if you elect not to upgrade to the then-current version of Microsoft Money after the Online Services period ends, you will not be able to automatically update your accounts and investment values in Microsoft Money 2007.

Now that nuts.  I know they had phased out some of the earlier versions, but it never really hit me that they'd be phasing out my version, or that it was actually already planned and enforced based on my purchase date.  So based on this, I can only update my accounts online for about 10 more months?  And then I'm cut off unless I do their forced upgrade?  That is just ridiculous to me.  I have no interest in upgrading at this time, and I don't really want to have to in the future.  Each version of Money gets incrementally worse not better.

Goodbye Money, hello Wesabe, and I mean for good.  I am done with Microsoft Money.  I don't care how painful it is, but I am 100% done with MS Money from now on.  Tonight, I'll switch over all my online bill pay from Money to my bank's website, export all of my accounts, and import them one by one into Wesabe.  Then over time, I'll be sure to get all the transactions named and tagged.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

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