Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006
Manufacturer: Microsoft Part number: CNETMICRSFTSMALLBUSACCOUNTING
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Jeff Bertolucci
- Edited by: Elsa Wenzel
- Reviewed on: 09/06/2005
- Released on: 09/07/2005
The good: Competitive price; solid set of small-business accounting tools; easy-to-learn interface; integrates smoothly with the Microsoft Office 2003 suite.
The bad: The tight links with Microsoft Office 2003 make it a poor choice for users of other productivity suites.
The bottom line: Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 is an affordable, well-designed bookkeeper that's a solid choice for users of Microsoft Office.
A sham of an accounting program
by dcreynolds on March 10, 2007
Pros: It was cheap to start
Cons: Slow; no flexibility
Summary: This program has locked me into a 12-month fiscal year. I started a business in the middle of last year with a 12/31 year end (like MOST small businesses. ...
Summary: This program has locked me into a 12-month fiscal year. I started a business in the middle of last year with a 12/31 year end (like MOST small businesses. This thing won't let me change it. It is doing a feb-feb year. Other parts of the program are equally inflexible. It is not intuitive, tax helpful or efficient. I should have chosen Quickbooks, and I'm going to change over. This is a MS joke.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by makgun on May 2, 2006
Pros: Feels like any MS application
Cons: Inventory could be more powerful with more options and I would love to be able to add pictures here and there.
Summary: I tried Peachtree, Quicken and Quickbooks and I hated them the same. I was desparate to manage my small business finances. Then I stumbled upon this gem and fell in ...
Summary: I tried Peachtree, Quicken and Quickbooks and I hated them the same. I was desparate to manage my small business finances. Then I stumbled upon this gem and fell in love with its simplicity and power. If a program is not simple and intuitive, you wont use it no matter how powerful it can be. MS SBA is very simple to use and this means you will start using it immediately. The learning curve is low. You can do so many things with this program: such as making a sale as in POS, managing your bank account even downloading trnasactions from your bank on line, write checks and even make payroll if you sign up for that service and inventory. If you own a small business, look no further and do nto waste your time trying the other programs. On top of all these, the price is very reasonable. Buy it, you will like it.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Wasted Money and Time
by lvndancing on September 5, 2008
Pros: I liked the features offered: billing, customers, jobs, taxes and reports
Cons: Figuring out features were tough - not user-friendly. After year and a half able to accomplish basics of needs for small business. I am not a PC novice. Purchased new computer - no updates available for VISTA! Program now USELESS to me.
Summary: Don't bother!!!! It's a waste of a program because you would have to continue using XP for life. Find a non-microsoft program that will actually provide updates that ...
Summary: Don't bother!!!! It's a waste of a program because you would have to continue using XP for life. Find a non-microsoft program that will actually provide updates that keep up with the operating systems of the time. Between this and the waste of perfectly good printers (lack of new OS driver updates) just makes you want to go to a MAC!
CNET review disappointing
by neilmak on March 28, 2008
Pros: Price, availability
Cons: Slow response, huge disk space
Summary: The CNET reviewer has not done his homework. MS Accounting is Great Plains accounting as re-packaged by MS. MS did not 'borrow' from Quickbooks etc they simply bought somebody else'...
Summary: The CNET reviewer has not done his homework. MS Accounting is Great Plains accounting as re-packaged by MS. MS did not 'borrow' from Quickbooks etc they simply bought somebody else's software, remodelled it as their own and now sell it. Just like the original MSDOS really.
MS Accounting seems to offer the necessary functions but runs very slowly. Also by the time you install the underlying database program and the application itself you have chewed up a large amount of disk space.
The black sheep of the Microsoft Office "Family"
by CarlosRogers on December 28, 2007
Pros: It has low cost and runs over VPN OK (Thick Client)
Cons: WAY too many to list...
Summary: This program appears to be the black sheep of the MS Office lineup. Even the MS Office web site mostly does not include links for SBA. In fact, it is ...
Summary: This program appears to be the black sheep of the MS Office lineup. Even the MS Office web site mostly does not include links for SBA. In fact, it is often hard to get the MS website to even find basic answers to SBA questions.
I dislike quickbooks for many reasons; but, this does little to solve it. The technical people are "nice" to talk to; but, after some dozen or so phone calls (and we got the first year, free - likely do to the poor functionality) not one single helpful answer.
Office integration is a JOKE. Printing your documents out provides some basic format; however, you must purchase Office PRO to have the ability to edit the XML tags. AND even when you do, tring to get more than a single user to function with custom forms likely will not work (we are still fighting this...and have effectively given in..)
I had truely hoped that they had pulled from Great Plains (which is no great shakes either); but, not the case. We are pretty much under the belief that 5 guys coded the whole thing, and only one of them even had units in accounting!
I might add in that the Vendor list will include ALL vendors, including the small store where you purchased a small item...right next to the $200,000 a year vendor that you care about. Everything is lost in a total lack of detail...
Avoid at nearly all costs!
Poor! Code errors that MS Techs cant even explain
by lembic on November 11, 2006
Pros: Attractive GUI
Cons: There have been 3 service packs since installing 9 months ago and the software still does not sync with Outlook Contact Manager
Summary: I would not recommend purchasing this software if your purpose is accounting for anything more than a neighborhood garage sale or a small home-based business. It is the only accounting ...
Summary: I would not recommend purchasing this software if your purpose is accounting for anything more than a neighborhood garage sale or a small home-based business. It is the only accounting package out of the Big 3 (Quickbooks, Peachtree, MSSBA) that does not have a "budget amount" as part of a financial account record. This means that system generated financial reports do not show a budget amount or budget variance. This is an obvious major oversight in the software design. I wish I'd have done more research before purchasing it and deploying it on my network.
It has moments of greatness...
by smoshlak on November 5, 2005
Pros: Lots of graphical analysis features.
Cons: Crashes after it installs updates.
Summary: I am an old MS Profit user and I really expected that Microsoft would come up with something that would exceed MS Profit's capabilities. My biggest beef isn't ...
Summary: I am an old MS Profit user and I really expected that Microsoft would come up with something that would exceed MS Profit's capabilities. My biggest beef isn't the fact that there isn't an upgrade price for MS Profit users, it's that the program crashes when it does an update. I bought and used PC Tools' Registry Mechanic to fix the problem to get to my files. Obviously someone didn't do their homework in Redmond!
- Manufacturer: Microsoft
- Part number: CNETMICRSFTSMALLBUSACCOUNTING
- Description: Small Business Accounting 2006 is a comprehensive financial management program designed for companies with up to 25 employees. It allows small business owners and office managers to manage their business financials using software that is easy to set up and has the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Category Business applications
- Subcategory Business - accounting
- Language(s) English
- Localization Puerto Rico,
- License pricing Standard
- Localization English
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 1 user
- License Pricing Standard
- Platform Windows
- Distribution Media CD-ROM
- Package Type Retail
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000 SP3,
Microsoft Windows XP or later
- Min Processor Type Intel Pentium III 450 MHz,
- Peripheral / Interface Devices CD-ROM,
- System Requirements Details Pentium - RAM 256 MB - HD 280 MB