Note from the editor: Thank you to those who reached out to us for clarification on the previous title of this article "Intuit to Discontinue New Sales of QuickBooks Desktop." As indicated in the article, Intuit does not plan to discontinue the sale of QuickBooks Enterprise desktop products. We have changed the title and image for this article to reflect this.
As a career-long user and supporter of QuickBooks for over three decades, I've been part of the journey that has seen QuickBooks grow and evolve. Today, I want to share some important news about a major change from Intuit – the planned discontinuation of sales for new subscriptions of several QuickBooks Desktop products, effective July 31, 2024. This decision marks a significant chapter for all of us in the accounting community, and it's essential to understand and adapt to this change.
Let me break down what this means for us.
Products impacted and the date of change
Starting July 31, 2024, Intuit will stop selling new subscriptions for QuickBooks Desktop Pro Plus, Premier Plus, Mac Plus, and Enhanced Payroll. As someone who has supported these products my entire career, I realize this may raise concerns, but it's important to note that current subscribers will not be affected. They can continue renewing their subscriptions and will still receive the necessary support and updates.
The impact of this decision is confined to the U.S., reflecting the global market trends and software development shifts. It's not an end for these products but rather a pause in new sales. Existing users will still be able to renew their subscriptions, ensuring they can maintain their accounting practices without disruption. For those considering these products, I suggest making the most of the opportunity to subscribe before the cutoff date.
How does this change affect our ability to support clients who use QuickBooks Desktop?
In terms of our ability to serve our clients, this change doesn't hinder us. We can continue using the latest supported versions of QuickBooks Desktop, and some products will remain accessible through the Accountant Sales Channel. For acquiring these products before the cutoff, reaching out to Accountant Sales is the recommended course of action.
QuickBooks Enterprise remains unaffected by this change, continuing to be a reliable option for both new and existing customers. Other QuickBooks Desktop products, like the Premier ProAdvisor Program Bundles and Accountant products, will continue to be available.
Migrating to QuickBooks Online has never been easier
Looking ahead post-July 2024, QuickBooks Online remains a versatile alternative. Its continuous evolution makes it a suitable option for diverse accounting needs. The new QuickBooks Ledger, designed for specific accounting scenarios, is another option worth considering. For integrated payroll solutions, QuickBooks Online Payroll and QuickBooks Enterprise will be the go-to options.
For those of us who need to transition from QuickBooks Desktop to Online, the process is more streamlined than ever, with ample resources and expert support available. This transition offers a new level of flexibility and collaboration in accounting practices. And for those who prefer the robustness of QuickBooks Enterprise, especially businesses with complex inventory needs, this remains a solid choice.
One critical aspect to remember is the importance of migrating from unsupported versions of QuickBooks Desktop. Staying on supported versions ensures uninterrupted access to support and updates, which is crucial for maintaining efficient and secure accounting practices.
As we navigate through this transition, it’s an opportunity for us to reevaluate and enhance our accounting practices in the digital landscape. Change, while sometimes challenging, is also an avenue for growth and adaptation. Let's embrace this new phase with an open mind, ensuring that we continue to provide the best possible service to our clients. For more detailed information and answers to specific questions you might have, I highly recommend visiting Intuit's FAQ page on this topic at https://www.firmofthefuture.com/product-update/faq-desktop-stopsell/.