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Microsoft's Accounting System

If you're a Microsoft office junkie, this accounting program might be the all-in-one tool you need to bring your business's books in line.

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This story appears in the March 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Are you tracking your income and outgo in Microsoft Excel? Creating invoices with Word? Managing vendor, customer and employee lists in Outlook? If so, you're an ideal candidate for the newest addition to Microsoft Office: Small Business Accounting 2006. After a couple of failed attempts, Microsoft has delivered a surprisingly well-appointed accounting program that's a strategic component of Microsoft Office.

Small Business Accounting is unlikely to make a dent in Intuit QuickBooks' 80 percent-plus market share; nothing has in more than a decade. And this first version of Small Business Accounting would make an even poorer substitute for the other top entrepreneurial bookkeeper--Sage Software's Peachtree Complete Accounting.

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