For those of us who upgraded to the 2014 versions of Quicken immediately after its release in late-September, it’s been a bumpy upgrade. Even though most of the initial bugs were quickly fixed, a lot of us loyal users are already looking forward to the 2015 release. Predicting the release date is not that difficult as we see Quicken products coming out at about the exact same time every year. Here are our expectations:
The one abnormally was last year’s release where we saw it first available at Amazon and other larger resellers about 10 day BEFORE it become available at the official Quicken Store. Usually, it’s the other way around where the Quicken Store has the new versions on sale a few day’s before everyone else.
What was new in the 2014 version?
The 2014 versions of Quicken brought a few incremental improvements with our favorite being the “snap and store receipts” feature on our iPhone. This year brought a complementary app which let’s you take a photo and save some of your most important receipts (helpful at places where you pay cash – for us, that’s usually at Costco). So instead on manually important the data once is a while like I used to do, the app does it for me.
We also saw some other improvements in the 2014 version including improved mobile app syncing and faster bill-pay. But we won’t go into the details here as you can read it all in our full Quicken 2014 review.
Our Quicken 2015 wish list
As users of Quicken Deluxe since 2007, it seems like there is always room for improvements with each release. Here are some that top our wish list:
- A better iOS App – While we find the current app extremely useful, we’ve found it to be a little “too robust” for our liking and harder to use than necessary. We’re still not able to get it to properly sync to our Bank of America accounts (our Chase accounts are no problem) and it takes a while to it to sync with our desktop data files (should be immediate). Similar experiences were reported on the Android app as well (it’s not yet available for Windows Phone 8).
- Increase support for older versions – We all know that Quicken drops support for the older versions 3 years after it’s initial release. If would be great to be able to buy an “extended support” version or to be able to add on support to an existing version for a nominal fee. It’s nice to have the option to stay on a selected version without being required to upgrade to a version where we might not necessary like the new interface changes or changed features.
More support for Mac’sAn all new Quicken Mac 2015 version is coming! – We all know that most of Quicken’s programs are compatible with PC-only operating systems with the Mac version seemly being forgotten. Well, Intuit has confirmed that an entirely new Quicken for Mac is in the works and being built from scratch. It will feature a new user interface with better investment capabilities and support for Quicken mobile (including receipt capture) from your iPhone. You’ll also be able to backup and sync your data in the cloud with the Quicken Cloud.
- Fix the bugs BEFORE the public release – I must say, in the last decade that I’ve been following Quicken, the 2014 release must have been to worst yet. A number of critical bugs were not fixed before it went on sale causing a lot of customers to report program crashes, random instability when entering transactions, and corrupted files to occur causing data loss. Although most of the major issues were fixed a few weeks after the initial release, this should have been addressed beforehand and the new program thoroughly tested by their beta testers.
What do you want to see changed in Quicken 2015?
What would you like to see changed, improved or added in the 2015 release of Quicken? Leave your thoughts and comments below!