General FAQ on the discontinuation of Microsoft Money
Why are sales of the Microsoft Money product coming to an end?
The category of personal financial-management software has changed considerably in the 17 years since Money was first established. As more users shift their attention to full-service offerings provided by banks and brokerages, demand for a comprehensive personal finance toolset has declined. What products are affected?
Products affected include:
If I’m a Money Plus user, do I have to quit using Money when my current version expires?
- Microsoft Money Essentials
- Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe
- Microsoft Money Plus Premium
- Microsoft Money Plus Home & Business
No. Online services (described below) will no longer be available, but Money has many features that continue to work after the online services have expired. (For Money Plus Deluxe, Premium and Home & Business customers, online services expire two years after initial activation or Jan. 31, 2011, whichever is earlier; for Money Plus Essentials it is one year after activation or Jan. 31, 2011, whichever is earlier. You can verify your expiration date in Money Plus by selecting Help / About Microsoft Money; it appears to the right of the serial number.) As long as your product was already activated, you’ll be able to keep using the product after online services have expired. Note, Money Essentials is not designed to be usable once online services have expired. How long can I keep using Money Plus?
An expired version of Money Plus could be used indefinitely on the computer and configuration currently in place, with the exception of the services and features as noted below. Compatibility with future operating systems and hardware configurations cannot be guaranteed.