Microsoft Money, a longtime player in the budget software space, will no longer be available for sale after this month. In a news release, Microsoft cited the “range of options for managing personal finances” now available–from free online tools like Mint.com to those offered by banks. The makers of Quicken, the other main budget software program, say they’re working on a way for Money users to import their data into Quicken.
With free online budget tools proliferating, this was bound to happen. Now that a simplified version of Quicken is even available for free online, I wonder how long Quicken software will be around.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to use an electronic tool to make use of a budget. Here’s a simple guide to getting started.