In what seems to be an annual ritual similar to the yearly release of Microsoft Money, Microsoft today released Office Accounting 2008.
Microsoft Office Accounting 2008, an enhanced version of the well-received 2007 financial management software for small businesses, is now available. In addition to new features and tools, Office Accounting 2008 has expanded its market distribution to include a bilingual Spanish-English version for the U.S.-based Hispanic market as well as a new product for the United Kingdom.
To meet the financial management needs of small businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietors to businesses with up to 25 employees, Office Accounting is currently available in two editions: Office Accounting Professional, ERP $199.95 (U.S.),* for established small businesses, and Office Accounting Express, free, for startups and home-based businesses. Both editions are available for download in English (http://www.ideawins.com) and Spanish (http://www.ideawins.com/espanol) in the United States. The U.K. version is available for download from http://www.msofficeaccounting.co.uk. A 60-day free trial of Office Accounting Professional is also available for download.
Aside from the Spanish language and UK distribution, the improvements described in the rest of the press release are also of the “modest” variety with which Money users are familiar. This isn’t a particular criticism of Microsoft – the annual release with minimal enhancements is par for the course in personal and small business financial software.