September 20th, 2014 – It’s that time of the year again when all of the 2015 versions of QuickBooks are released – And leading the pack, is the new QuickBooks Pro 2015. While the changes might not be terrible dramatic from last year, if you’re running a version from a few years back then it’s an upgrade that might be worth considering. This year you’re getting new Home Page Insights where you can see an entire snapshot of your business in one place (i.e. profits and loss, inventory, income, expenses, top customers, etc.). There are new customized reporting capabilities that are easier to read and have the ability to add comments. You also have improved file sharing that makes it much easier to send your sales data to a third-party (helpful when sending to your accountant at tax time). Pricing has gone up by $50.00 in the 2015 version and now retails for $299.95 vs. $249.95 for the 2014 single-license versions. However, you can often find a good deal (we happen to track all of the latest QuickBooks Pro 2015 coupons and discounts). There is still no free trial available for QuickBooks Pro 2015 but you are covered by a full 60-day money back guarantee from Intuit regardless if you purchased it from the QuickBooks Store at intuit.com or from any one of their authorized resellers.
Here’s what’s new and improved in QuickBooks Pro 2015
As we mentioned, the most dramatic improvements are most noticeable if you’re currently running an older version of QuickBooks Pro (i.e. 2013, 2012, 2011 or older). Below is a break down of what’s new, the improved features, and usability highlights in QB Pro 2015.
- New Home Page Insights – Now it is so much easer to get a full snapshot of what going on in your business with Home Page Insights. Just click on the Home icon under My Snapshots and you get an entire picture of your business performance. See your current income and losses, top customers, best selling products, and track business health and performance over time.
- Improved Reporting – Have you found some of the reports within QuickBooks are sometimes just hard to read? Well, the entire reporting interface is refreshed and is a lot easier to read and, subsequently, take action upon. All your reports are not fully customizable and you can even add your own comments to help you document certain events (helpful when sharing reports off to a greater team or to your accountant).
- Improved File sharing – Now directly within QuickBooks you can share your company’s file on the shared folder like Dropbox, Box or Google Drive.
- Import Data from Excel – Importing data from excel doesn’t have to be one of those painful and time consuming accounting tasks. With the QuickBooks Import Wizard. there are pre-formatted Excel spreadsheets created to help guide you step-by-step through importing your data into QuickBooks. This is especially help if you have a new batch of products sold in your store that need to be added or new vendors/customers to update within QuickBooks.
- Business Snapshots – Get a customized and real-time view of your business with QuickBooks Business Snapshots. For example, you can set it up so that when you pull up a customer you’ll see how long they’ve been a customer, their recent invoices, any open balances, credit limits, average days to pay, and more. From there you will also be able to run any one of the custom reports to see sales history over time, etc..
- Special reports for tax time – Trying to figure out and pull the correct reports for your accountant during tax time can be daunting. Well, in QuickBooks Pro 2015 your sales records and expenses are located in a single place for quick and easy access. There are also pre-made reporting templates available to help pull the right data to help your accountant during tax time.
- Tools to make customer invoices and sales receipts – You don’t need to go outside of QuickBooks to make professional looking customer invoices. Just choose one of the existing templates or make your own directly within the program. You’ll also be able to make new invoices from existing estimates so no need to reenter any data.
To use QuickBooks Pro 2015, you’ll need these mimiim requirement on your PC:
- Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, or Windows 8.1 with update 1 (either a 32 or 64-bit system).
- At least a 2.4 GHz processor (Intel i3, i5 or i7 recommended) with 2 GB or more of RAM.
- At least 1.5 GB of disk space.
- A single or dual screen at a resolution of 1024×764 or better.
- An internet connection is required for the online features.
No matter if it’s the good, the bad, or the ugly, if you’ve had the chance to try QuickBooks Pro 2015 then let us know what you think about this release in the comments section below.