Updated September 19th, 2016: Just like clockwork, it’s a few minutes after midnight Pacific Time and the new 2017 versions of QuickBooks are now available! You can learn more about this year’s changes and download the new version of Pro or Premier at quickbooks.intuit.com/products/.
At this moment now, it appears that both the Mac and Enterprise versions are still shown as 2016 versions. Once these versions change we will let you know.
Updated September 17th, 2016: We just received official confirmation! All the QuickBooks 2017 Desktop editions will be released this coming Monday, September 19th. But you don’t have to wait until then to know what’s new and improved – Check out the blog post on blog.accountants.intuit.com that goes over all of the new features!
Here’s also a copy of the new box that we also came across for your viewing pleasure 🙂
Updated June 1st, 2016: Summer is finally here and that means that along with the hot and long days we are starting to track the latest QuickBooks 2017 release date news and rumors. While it’s still too early to know what will be new in next release, we are pretty confident that it’ll be released sometime in the third week of September as it is every year for the last 10+ years (some pretty good discounts have already started for the outgoing 2016 version). In the beginning of August we should begin to see news leaked out about the new features and enhancements coming in the Pro, Premier, Mac, Accountant and the industry-specific versions.
Here’s a quick look at the past few release dates. The most recent releases occurred in the third week of September.
- Quickbooks 2016 – Released on September 25th, 2015.
- 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 will likely again be QuickBooks Accountant 2017 which is expected to be released in early September, a few weeks before the Pro, Premier and Mac versions (last year it was on September 8th).
Our most most wanted improvements for 2017
Every year we compile this our most most wanted improvements wish list based on customer feedback and our own experiences with the software (here’s our 2016 and 2015 lists if you want to look back). Here are the issues and suggested changes/improvements that top our list this year:
- Add support for Office 2016 – If you’ve already upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016 and tried to use QuickBooks 2016 with it, then you’ve likely already been unable to get the software to work properly. That’s because Intuit has not yet made it compatible with it. So for example, Outlook 2016 mail client will not work for any f your business invoices (only Outlook 2013 is listed as compatible).
- Version compatibility – If you’re working in the 2016 version or Pro or Premier, you’re unable to save files in the 2015, 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.
- Remove “forced” upgrades – One of the most common features in QuickBooks is that it allows you to do your employee payroll and sync to your online bank accounts. But what happens after 3 years of owning the software? These features get blocked, you loose product support, all transactions have to be manually entered, and you have to upgrade to a newer version to get it all back (i.e. 2014, 2015, and 2016 versions will only be supported once the 2017 comes out due to Intuit’s discontinuation policy). That’s even if you don’t want or need any of the changes in the software. And mind you, Payroll already is costing you a monthly fee. We understand that it costs to support the product just 3 years and you’re cut off automatically is ridiculous.
- Better customer service – If you’ve already tried to troubleshoot any of your QB issues with their customer service team then I probably don’t need to say anything else – On the most part it’s horrible. Just once glance at the negative feedback on Amazon will tell you why. Most of their support teams are located in third-world countries and are poorly trained. In many cases you won’t get the support you need and they will try to charge you extra for enhanced support.
What changes would you like to see in QuickBooks 2017?
What would you like to see changed, improved or added in the 2017 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).