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QuickBooks is an accounting software package developed and marketed by Intuit QuickBooks products are geared mainly toward small and medium-sized businesses and offer on-premises accounting applications as well as cloud based versions2 that accept business payments, manage and pay bills, and payroll functions


  • 1 History
    • 11 Initial release
    • 12 Subsequent releases
  • 2 International versions
  • 3 Features
    • 31 QuickBooks Online
    • 32 QuickBooks Point of Sale
  • 4 Add-on programs
  • 5 Usage
  • 6 Criticisms
  • 7 Sponsorship
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


Intuit was founded in 1983 by Scott Cook and Tom Proulx in Mountain View, California, USA After the success of Quicken for individual financial management, the company developed similar services for small business owners

Initial releaseedit

The initial Quicken software did not function as a "double-entry" accounting package The initial release of QuickBooks was the DOS version that was based on the Quicken codebase The Windows and Mac versions shared a different codebase that was based on In-House Accountant, which Intuit had acquired The software was popular among small business owners who had no formal accounting training As such, the software soon claimed up to 85 percent of the small business accounting software market It continues to command the vast majority of this market3 Professional accountants, however, were not satisfied with early versions of the system, citing poor security controls, such as no audit trail, as well as non-conformity with traditional accounting standards

Subsequent releasesedit

Intuit sought to bridge the gap with these accounting professionals, eventually providing full audit trail capabilities, double-entry accounting functions and increased functions By 2000, Intuit had developed Basic and Pro versions of the software and, in 2003, started offering industry-specific versions, with workflow processes and reports designed for each of these business types along with terminology associated with the trades

Options now include versions for manufacturers, wholesalers, professional service firms, contractors, non-profit entities4 and retailers, in addition to one specifically designed for professional accounting firms who service multiple small business clients In May 2002 Intuit launched QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions for medium-sized businesses

In September 2005, QuickBooks had 74% of the market in the US5 A June 19, 2008 Intuit Press Release said that as of March 2008, QuickBooks' share of retail units in the business accounting category reached 942 percent, according to NPD Group It also says that more than 50,000 accountants, CPAs and independent business consultants are members of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor program6 By then Brad Smith was the new CEO, though former CEO Steve Bennett had nearly tripled Intuit revenue and quadrupled earnings in eight years7

On September 22, 2014, Intuit announced the release of QuickBooks 2015 with features that users have been requesting from the past versions Improved income tracker, pinned notes, improved registration process and insights on homepage are some of the general changes for all versions of QuickBooks 20158

In September 2015, Intuit released QuickBooks 2016 that contains several improvements to the existing ones and new features such as batch transaction, bill tracking, continuous feed label printer support, batch delete/void transactions etc9

In September 2016, Intuit released QuickBooks 2017 with several improvements like automated reports, smart search and improved viewing of report filters among other things

International versionsedit

Versions of this product are available in many different markets Intuit's Canadian, British and Australian divisions offer versions of QuickBooks that support the unique tax calculation needs of each region, such as Canada's GST, HST or PST sales tax, European VAT for the United Kingdom edition and Australia's GST10 sales tax The QuickBooks UK edition makes available support for Irish and South African VAT

The Mac OSX version is available only in the United States


Intuit has integrated several web-based features into QuickBooks, including remote access capabilities, remote payroll assistance and outsourcing, electronic payment functions, online banking and reconciliation, mapping features through integration with Google Maps, marketing options through Google, and improved e-mail functionality through Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express For the 2008 version, the company has also added import from Excel spreadsheets, additional employee time tracking options, pre-authorization of electronic funds and new Help functions In June 2007, Intuit announced that QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions would run on Linux servers, whereas previously it required a Windows server to run11

QuickBooks Onlineedit

Intuit also offers a cloud service called QuickBooks Online QBO The user pays a monthly subscription fee rather than an upfront fee and accesses the software exclusively through a secure logon via a Web browser Intuit provides patches, and regularly upgrades the software automatically

As of May 2014update, QuickBooks Online had the most subscribers for an online accounting platform, with 624,000 subscribers12 compared to Xero, which reported 284,000 customers as of July, 201413

The cloud version is a distinct product from the desktop version of QuickBooks, and has many features that work differently than they do in desktop versions14

In 2013, Intuit announced that it had rebuilt QuickBooks Online "from the ground up" with a platform that allows third parties to create small business applications and gives customers the ability to customize the online version of QuickBooks15

QuickBooks Online is supported on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10, Safari 61, and also accessible via Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS 71617 Internet Explorer One may also access QuickBooks Online via an iPhone, a BlackBerry, and an Android web app1819

In 2011, Intuit introduced a UK-specific version of QuickBooks Online to address the specific VAT and European tax system There are also versions customized for the Canadian, Indian, and Australian markets, as well as a global version that can be customized by the user20

QuickBooks Point of Saleedit

QuickBooks Point of Sale is software that replaces a retailer's cash register, tracks its inventory, sales, and customer information, and provides reports for managing its business and serving its customers

Add-on programsedit

Through the Solutions Marketplace, Intuit encouraged third-party software developers to create programs that fill niche areas for specific industries and integrate with QuickBooks The Intuit Developer Network provides marketing and technical resources, including software development kits SDKs for EDI

Intuit's Lacerte and ProLine tax preparation software for professional accountants who prepare tax returns for a living integrates with QuickBooks in this way Microsoft Office also integrates with QuickBooks

Compared to other versions of QuickBooks, fewer third-party add-ons integrate with QuickBooks Online Edition Although recently, seamless QuickBooks integration is only offered by a handful of vendors

In addition to add-on products and an online edition, Intuit released a Commercial Hosting Program, allowing commercial service providers to offer hosted versions of QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise The QuickBooks Commercial Hosting Program allows the commercial service providers to offer rental licensing for the Pro and Premier QuickBooks editions Hosting allows businesses to use all features of the desktop version of QuickBooks as an Internet-accessed service21


QuickBooks is by far the top accounting software provider among American businesses, with millions of users and estimates of around 85-90% of the business accounting market22unreliable source


The 1999 version of QuickBooks forced users to pay an additional fee for payroll table updates23 The 2000 version of QuickBooks tried to force users to pay an additional fee for payroll tax updates for each company file After a boycott, this fee was changed to one charge per copy of QuickBooks24

In April 2006, Intuit disabled functionality of add-on services for QuickBooks 2003 in the areas of Bill Pay, Credit Card Download, Do-It-Yourself Payroll, Employee Organizer, Merchant Service, Online Banking, Online Billing, and Support Plans and Services Since then, Intuit has disabled equivalent functions for all QuickBooks versions approximately 30 months after it has stopped selling them25

On 15 December 2007, the company released a version of its automatic updater for OS X with a serious program error The company fixed the updater on 17 December, but by then it had caused substantial data loss for a number of users2627

QuickBooks Online suffered an extended outage on February 2, 2009,28 and again due to power failures on June 16–17, 2010 Many customers complained on the company's forum, and threatened to leave the service for a competitor such as Sage29 Brad Smith, Intuit's CEO, apologized for the series of outages, totaling around 60 hours, which affected most Intuit online products and tech support30 A later July 14 outage resulted in a second Intuit CEO apology,31 which referred to Intuit's "new online products", "designed for 24/7 availability", and to "aggressively migrating" to two new data centers

A QuickBooks 2009 online banking module had major problems, which resulted in hundreds of comments in several threads on the Intuit Community discussion forum323334 The QuickBooks product manager used these as an official thread to discuss problems, which were resolved in March 200935

As of November 2014, users of QuickBooks for OSX have reported compatibility issues with Apple's new operating system, OS X Yosemite3637


QuickBooks were the official kit sponsor for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for the 2014–15 Premier League season in the United Kingdom38 They have also been the official kit sponsor for Aston Villa since 2015, replacing Dafabet39

See alsoedit

  • Software portal
  • Business and economics portal
  • Quicken Interchange Format
  • Comparison of accounting software


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  2. ^ Marks, Gene 2014-01-06 "Why Your Company May Dump QuickBooks This Year" Forbes Retrieved 2015-04-06 
  3. ^ "USA TODAY Education - Careers TODAY" USA Today Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  4. ^ "Nonprofit accounting software from QuickBooks" Quickbooksintuitcom 2012-12-03 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  5. ^ "How To Face Off Against Microsoft" Businessweek 2005-09-04 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  6. ^ "Intuit Press Release - Intuit Hits 50,000-member Milestone With QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program" Intuitcom Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  7. ^ "Intuit Press Release - Intuit Announces CEO Succession - Brad Smith" Intuitcom 2007-08-22 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  8. ^ "Intuit Releases QuickBooks 2015 – What You Need To Know" Ace Cloud Hosting 2014-09-12 
  9. ^ "Intuit Releases QuickBooks Accountant Desktop 2016" Accounting Today 
  10. ^ Finis, Lauretta "Setting up GST in QuickBooks Online" Intuit QuickBooks Australia Retrieved 2016-09-03 
  11. ^ "Intuit Press Release - Intuit's QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions Embraces Linux" Intuitcom 2007-06-13 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  12. ^ http://investorsintuitcom/press-releases/press-release-details/2014/Intuit-Reports-Third-quarter-Results-Revenue-Grows-14-Percent-Led-by-Cloud-Solutions/defaultaspx
  13. ^ https://wwwxerocom/media/3261697/ceos-presentation-2014-annual-meetingpdf
  14. ^ "Accounting Software for Small Business - Intuit QuickBooks" Oequickbookscom Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  15. ^ "Intuit Launches the Completely New QuickBooks Online" Intuit September 23, 2013
  16. ^ http://quickbooksintuitcom/online/#techSpecs
  17. ^ http://helpquickbooksintuitcom/kb/WKlFnQ/supported-browsers
  18. ^ "QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry - Personal Tech - Smart Phones" Informationweekcom 2008-08-26 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  19. ^ "Calling all Android users! | QuickBooks Online Blog" Blogquickbooksonlinecom 2010-02-05 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  20. ^ Howlett, Den "Intuit Q3 FY2016 provides important insights about SMBs and the cloud" Diginomica Retrieved 2016-09-03 
  21. ^ "Intuit Hosting Program" 
  22. ^ Tucker, Shannon "How Many QuickBooks Users Are There" Quickbooks Users Retrieved 15 May 2015 
  23. ^ Foster, Ed "Twist in Intuit's crippleware techniques doubles the cost of its tax-table service" Infoworld Archived from the original on 2008-03-21 Retrieved 2008-06-25 
  24. ^ Livingston, Brian 2002-01-12 "Intuit products "phone home" more often than you may like" CNET Retrieved 2010-03-31 
  25. ^ "QuickBooks Sunset Policy" Supportquickbooksintuitcom Retrieved 2010-05-18 
  26. ^ Turner, Daniel Drew QuickBooks Update Dropping Data for Mac Users, eWeek, Dec 18, 2007 Retrieved 2010-11-19
  27. ^ Warren, Christina QuickBooks users be cautious of recent update, TUAW, Dec 16, 2007 Retrieved 2013-08-05
  28. ^ Needleman, Rafe 2009-02-03 "QuickBooks Online goes offline for several hours | Webware - CNET" Newscnetcom Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  29. ^ System problems for Intuit give Sage a boost, The Times, London, June 18, 2010 Retrieved 2010-06-18
  30. ^ "A letter from the CEO | QuickBooks Online Blog" Blogquickbooksonlinecom 2010-06-17 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  31. ^ ""Effort is underway…" A letter from the Intuit CEO | QuickBooks Online Blog" Blogquickbooksonlinecom 2010-07-16 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  32. ^ 1 Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ 2 Archived February 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ 3 Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ "How to Deal With QuickBooks 2009 Online Banking - Practical QuickBooks : Practical QuickBooks" Qbblogccrsoftwareinfo 2009-02-18 Retrieved 2013-10-31 
  36. ^ ""QuickBooks for Mac on Yosemite" QuickBooks for Mac incompatible with Yosemite" qbosupport 2014-11-18 Retrieved 2014-11-18 
  37. ^ ""Intuit community" Is an update to QuickBooks Mac 2014 Planned for Yosemite compatibility" 
  38. ^ http://historicalkitscouk/West_Bromwich_Albion/West_Bromwich_Albionhtm
  39. ^ http://historicalkitscouk/Aston_Villa/Aston_Villahtm

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