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 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