Updated September 25th, 2015: QuickBooks 2016 has just been released! You can now pick up your U.S. copy at intuit.com or at any of their authorized resellers (both download or CD-disk versions are available). If you’re international, the Canadian and U.K versions have also just been released and are available too.
We are also happy to report that pricing hasn’t changed and the instant discount is still valid on the 2016 versions. Here are the details:
- QuickBooks Pro 2016 Desktop – Retails for $299.95, on sale for $199.95 at Intuit (or as low as $189.99 at Amazon!)
- QuickBooks Pro 2016 Desktop Pro Plus – Retails for $299.95, on sale for $199.95 at Intuit.
- QuickBooks Premier 2016 Desktop – Retails for $499.95, on sale for $349.95 at Intuit (or as low as $339.99 at Amazon).
- QuickBooks Premier 2016 Desktop Pro Plus – Retails for $499.95, on sale for $299.95 at Intuit.
- QuickBooks Mac 2016 Desktop – Retails for $299.95, on sale for $199.95 at Intuit (or as low as $172.99 at Amazon).
So what’s new?
Here’s is what you’ll find in the 2016 versions of QuickBooks:
- Bill Tracker – This features gives you an instant view where your money-out (bills, etc.) is going.
- Manage forms in a single step – This enhanced features un-clutters all your “send forms” queue in one click.
- Advanced reporting features – This now includes a “this year to last month” filter.
Updated September 16th, 2015: Along with the upcoming Quicken 2016 products, we just saw the pre-order pages for QuickBooks Pro 2016, Premier 2016 and Mac 2016. The ship date listed is October 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM US/Pacific time but we expect them to make it available soon after as Intuit starts shipping the new QuickBooks versions this coming Monday (September 21st).
Updated September 9th, 2015: The Intuit blog just posted two articles outlining the new features coming in QuickBooks Desktop 2016 and QuickBooks Mac 2016. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re interested in seeing this year’s product improvements.
In summary, here are the changes you can expect to see in QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2016:
- New Bill Tracker – You’ll now be able to real-time data and status of the money that’s going out of your business. You’ll be able to search and sort your bills by vendor, type, or date range, and then take actions such as printing, paying or closing PO’s.
- New Bulk Clear Send Forms – You can now select and remove multiple documents from the send queue at once rather than having to go through each line item.
- Improved e-invoicing – You can now send your invoices with a “Pay Now” link and accept any major credit card on the spot. Then once the payment goes through, your QuickBooks data is updated wit the payment details downloaded directly into your QuickBooks software.
- New Fiscal Year-to-Last Month Report Filter – Any report now allows you to filter for a specific date range, making custom reports now a breeze.
- New Continuous Feed Label Printer Support – We can’t believe it took this long to add this feature; you’ll now be able to use a Zebra-compatible printer to print single labels on your continuous feed label printer.
- Improved Verify and Rebuild Process – No longer do you ned to find the QBWin.log files to troubleshoot the problem when you encounter a data verification issue.
- Now, the details of the detected issues for both the Verify and Rebuild process are provided to help you solve the problem faster.
- New Auto Copy Ship-To Address (only in Premier 2016) – QuickBooks now populates the “ship to” address with the customer’s information that’s on file. Long longer do you need to manually input the addresses from the Create Sales Order or Create Estimate into the Purchase Order ship to field.
See the full list of new features found in QuickBooks 2016 at Intuit.com. Keep an eye out for the 2016 versions to be released on September 21st (unless you are part of the ProAdvisor program in which case you’ll already be able to download your copy).
Updated September 8th, 2015: For all QuickBooks Accountant users, the 2016 desktop version has just been released. We still have a few more weeks for the Pro and Premier versions to come out (expected to be announced on September 21st).
Here’s a look at what’s new in QuickBooks Accountant 2016 Plus and how this version compares the features found in the last few releases:
Updated September 2nd, 2015: We wanted to remind everyone again that if you purchase QuickBooks Pro or Premier directly from the Intuit Store (now on sale with Pro 2015 at $100.00 off and Premier 2015 at $150.00 off) then you’ll be qualified to get a free upgrade to the 2016 version once it’s released later this month. This is a good opportunity to get a good deal as we don’t expect to see any significant discounts right at the time of the 2016 product launch.
Updated September 1st, 2015: Could it be that QuickBooks 2016 will be launched a little bit sooner this year? We just ran across this pre-order page for QuickBooks Premier 2016 from one of Intuit’s resellers that says the official launch of the product will be on September 8th. We’re a little skeptical that it will come this early as it’s usually closer to the end of the month… I guess we’ll have to wait until next Monday.
Here’s the screenshot just incase the page gets pulled down – You’ll notice the release date is listed in the description at the bottom:
Updated August 19th, 2015: It looks like Amazon UK just posted a pre-order page for QuickBooks Premier 2016 with a launch date of Monday September 21st, 2015 listed. That’s inline with the launch date that we were expecting and think it’s probably going to be released in the United Stated on the same day (Intuit usually has their product releases on Monday’s).
Below are some of the features included in QuickBooks Premier 2016 (UK Edition) as posted on Amazon’s pre-release page. Just note that the U.S. version will likely differ.
Updated August 12th, 2015: We just finished talking to the folks on the QuickBooks sales team and we just received confirmation that if you buy the 2015 desktop version of QuickBooks Pro, Premier or Mac directly from Intuit, then you will qualify for a free upgrade to the 2016 version once it’s released at the end of September. Here are the full details, including how to qualify and which versions fall under this policy.
Updated July 21st, 2015: Summer is in full swing and it’s that time again where we start our countdown to the 2016 release of QuickBooks accounting software. Being users of QuickBooks ourselves, we are always excited to see what the next versions will bring. And after watching Intuit’s product releases for the last 15 years, we are pretty confident in our release date predictions (especially as it happens almost the some time every year). You can expect to see the 2016 versions released in the third week of September.
Here’s a quick look at the past few release dates. The most recent releases occurred in the third week of September.
- Quickbooks 2015 – Released on September 22nd, 2014.
- Quickbooks 2014 – Released on September 23rd, 2013.
- QuickBooks 2013 – Released on September 10th, 2012.
- QuickBooks 2012 – Released on September 26th, 2011.
- QuickBooks 2011 – Released on September 19th, 2010.
- QuickBooks 2010 – Released on September 16th, 2009.
- QuickBooks 2009 – Released on September 17th, 2008.
The only anomaly is QuickBooks Accountant which is typically released in early September, a few weeks before the Pro, Premier and Mac versions.
What do we want to see improved in the 2016 version?
Every year we put this list together and sometimes we see improvements made to these items and sometime we don’t (here is last year’s list). Here are the issues and suggested changes/improvements that top our list this year:
- Version compatibility – If you’re working in the 2015 version or Pro or Premier, you’re unable to save files in the 2014 or older formats (only the accountant version has this functionality). This can be frustrating if you are sharing files between people who are running different versions of QuickBooks. And furthermore, you’re unable to open old forms unless you have an active payroll services. So if you decide to switch to another payroll service you can no longer view or access your old IRS (and state) filings.
- Significant price increases – You might or might not have noticed, but the 2015 versions saw significant price increases on the Pro and Premier versions. QuickBooks Pro retailed for $249.95 in 2014 and $299.95 in 2015. QuickBooks Premier retailed for $399.95 in 2014 and $499.95 in 2015. We’ve heard that Intuit is increasing prices to force people to switch to their online versions of QuickBooks that now have a lower monthly cost than upgrading every year (that’s what Adobe Systems did prior to canceling their Creative Suite product line). Of course not everyone and every business wants to switch to the cloud and post their financial info online (especially in light of the recent Sony hacks) so we hope prices for the 2016 versions stay put for now.
- Easier upgrading – If you’ve skipped a few versions (i.e. you’re updating from a 2008 version to 2015), then converting over your old files is a tricky task. If you’re upgrading for a version that is one or two years back it’s not that bad, but as time goes on it’s likely you won’t be able to do it without spending some time on the phone with QuickBooks’ customer service.
- Ability to adjust the font – It’s surprising that after so many years, you can’y adjust the font within QuickBooks. Especially nowadays where everyone has a different machine, screen size and resolution. For some people this maybe a nonissue while others will need a magnifying glass to see the typeface.
- Better customer service – Intuit, like many tech companies in the last decade has outsourced their customer support to cut costs. This often means, as in the case of Intuit, that the quality of support has decreased. It you can’t find the answers to your problems in QuickBook’s community forums then it’s likely calling support won;t help you much (assuming you have the patience of waiting through the long hold times).
Can I get a free upgrade?
If you recently purchased or upgraded to the 2015 desktop version and you purchased it directly from Intuit.com, then you may qualify for a free upgrade (you’ll have to be within the 60 days window prior to the launch). Here are more details on how the free upgrade policy looks like and what you need to know to take advantage of this offer.
What changes do you want to see in QuickBooks 2016?
What would you like to see changed, improved or added in the 2016 release of QuickBooks software? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below (to prevent spam, all comments are held for moderation until approved by one of us here).