Although Intuit's QuickBooks has long been favored as the accounting program of choice for small businesses, it has had some significant limitations--primarily a lack of networking capability. In the not-too-distant past, networking and multiuser support might not have had much meaning for small-business owners, but today, as networks become easier to set up and businesses increase their staffs, the convenience of this feature is becoming more apparent.
Intuit's strong desire to meet its customers' needs has resulted in QuickBooks Pro 6.0 ($219), complete with multiuser support. An upgraded version of the basic single-user QuickBooks 6.0 ($119) has also been enhanced.
Multiuser support is not the only new feature in the upgraded version of QuickBooks, which was scheduled for release in June. Intuit has taken pains to make this program Internet-ready, with an embedded version of Microsoft Explorer, free online access to QuickBooks support and services, and new online payroll, banking and bill payment services. Let's take a look at some of these features.
Cassandra Cavanah is a Los Angeles freelance writer who has reported on the computer industry for nine years.