What Is Microsoft Money?

What Is Microsoft Money?

Now discontinued and no longer supported, Microsoft Money served as a personal finance management software suite for home and business use produced by Microsoft Corporation from 1991 through 2010. As of 2015, users can still download a free version, Microsoft Money Plus Sunset Deluxe, although several features have been disabled.

Conceived during a time when personal computers saw more and more incorporation into users' daily lives, Microsoft Money grew in its feature set over the years to offer sophisticated tools for money management including live bank account tracking, online bill pay, financial ledger spreadsheets, and stock quotes. Today, banking and stock-market websites as well as other personal finance tools such as Quicken fulfill these functions, making the software less relevant.

Microsoft discontinued the final retail version, Money Plus, in 2009 and no longer updates or supports the software. In 2010, the company released a free offline-only version titled Money Plus Sunset in an effort to allow long-time Money users to continue to work with the program's legacy files and services on newer PCs. This version no longer contains any of the online banking or live stock portfolio functions. Microsoft also ceased updates to the software and does not offer live troubleshooting online or over-the-phone assistance with these functions, having replaced these with offline help files.

While the software package now sees just a tiny fraction of the user base it enjoyed in its heyday, online communities and help forums still exist for those who continue its use. Money Plus Sunset works with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

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