Sources report “End of Life” for MSFT Office Accounting

Sources close to the top have reported Microsoft has “end of lifed” the Office Accounting (OA) product aimed at the small business customer effective november 16, 2009. It is also closing its Microsoft Professional Accounting Network (MPAN) community program. I fondly remember OA and MPAN being big players in our 4th annual SMB Nation fall conference at the Microsoft Redmond campus, giving out amazing Eddie Bauer jackets (like $200 each) and holding an MPAN conference right before our event in order to “leverage up” the SMB channel partner community. For that, I am saddened.

Here is what was shared with me minutes ago:

Dear valued MPAN member:

 

We are writing to let you know that Microsoft® Office Accounting will no longer be distributed by Microsoft after November 16, 2009. As such, MPAN membership will also be closed to new members effective November 16, 2009 and the complimentary download of Office Accounting Professional 2009 and the Office Accounting Customization will be discontinued November 16, 2009. Some existing MPAN benefits, such as online on demand training, will remain.

 

We would like to thank the many dedicated users and partners who have been enthusiastic supporters of Microsoft Office Accounting and MPAN over the years.

 

As a registered Office Accounting user, you may continue to use Office Accounting after November 16, 2009 and Microsoft will continue to offer product support for Office Accounting in accordance with the terms of the support policy. Your current MPAN membership entitles you to unlimited phone support through January 15, 2011.

 

To learn more about other Microsoft offerings that can be useful to your business, please visit the following:

–   Microsoft’s Small Business site is a great resource for small businesses.

–   Microsoft Office is a great tool for small businesses, especially when used with our easy-to-use templates.

–   Microsoft Dynamics products offer adaptable business management solutions, and we invite you to visit the Microsoft Dynamics Community Web site, which offers role-based content, including a Finance sub-community, product forums and networking functionality.

 

Please refer to MPAN FAQs for more information on MPAN benefits going forward.

 

If you have further questions about Office Accounting changes, including changes to add-on services, additional information can be found on the Office Accounting FAQ page.

 

Again, we thank you for your support of MPAN and Office Accounting.

 

MPAN US Team

 

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3 responses to “Sources report “End of Life” for MSFT Office Accounting

  1. This is just another in a long list of reasons that prove that Microsoft just doesn’t get small businesses. Acording to the FAQ as to why they are discontinuing OA, they (Microsoft) feels that small businesses are better served by free templates in Excel. The FAQ eludes that if they are beyond that they should move to Dynamics.

    Dynamics is overkill and over expensive for small and micro businesses. Excel is not the answer to small business accounting either. It is a great tool, but it isnt accounting software. Once again I as a Registered partner (and now aparently former MPAN member) have to recomend third party software (Intuit QuickBooks) because Microsoft just doesnt get it.

  2. Glen

    I agree, it is a shame. And to suggest that Excel is a useful accounting program is absurd.

    That said, I have several clients that are still using OA and I would like to obtain a copy of the program so that I may support them. The MPAN site says that it will accept new members and provide the free download until 11/16/09, yet when I try to enroll on-line I receive a message that the enrollment site is not available.

    An e-mail from MPAN support told me that they are working on the site to make it operational, but a call to MPAN support told me they are no longer accepting new members, despite the fact that the website says they will until 11/16 and it is only 11/4.

    I know the software is only $200, but I’m unwilling to pay this given that it has been discontinued. If anyone has any suggestions about how to obtain a copy through MPAN, I’ll appreciate it very much. Thanks.

  3. Darryl Rowe

    I was almost to the breaking point with Quicken and it’s proprietary data format and so on…they used to make a transfer utility for the DOS product that allowed me to extract useful information and make formal accounting reports.

    I was therefore very please with Office Accounting and have been recommending and supporting it locally since 2007 since it was basically SQL data I could query with Access or Excel and do stuff. Now I am at the same point or close to it.

    Perhaps mySQL and the open software community is the way to go…thanks Mickey$oft!

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