We found the most credible comparison reviews at CNet.com and About.com. CNet actually tests the Premier version of Quicken 2008 and provides numeric ratings of Quicken and Money. About.com compares them in more detail, however, and covers the investment areas better. Owner-written reviews at Amazon.com are worth reading because they highlight quite a few criticisms, but not all these reviews actually cover the Premier version. Reviews of Quicken 2008 at PC World and Money magazines add some useful perspective but are less relevant, because they're not specific to the Premier version.
If you need to track investments, reviews recommend Quicken 2008 Premier as the best accounting software. In addition to all the features found in Quicken 2008 Deluxe, the Premier version can create investment-performance charts, analyze your portfolio, and track gains and losses. Capital-gains tools help minimize your tax bite by generating reports based on tax schedules. Though the 2008 version includes minor enhancements such as tagging transactions and improved navigation, reviews say the enhancements don't justify an upgrade for most users. If you're a Mac user or don't need to track investments, reviews recommend the less- expensive Quicken 2008 Deluxe (*est. $60).
CNet.com tests the Premier version of Quicken 2008, calling it "a solid finance package" and rating it higher than Money -- 7.3 out of a possible 10. However, tests here caused one crash of Windows Vista, a test of tech support found it inaccurate, and the handful of owner-written reviews are very negative.
Review: Quicken Deluxe 2008, Jeff Bertolucci, Sept. 5, 2007
This head-to-head comparison of Quicken and Money includes many details you won't find in other reviews, including a detailed section on how both programs track investments. Quicken 2008 Premier definitely has the edge for this. Money shows a lot of ads in the investment area, while Quicken does not. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Quicken vs. Microsoft Money, Shelley Elmblad
Some of the more than 60 owner-written reviews here actually cover other versions or even versions from earlier years, making it hard to evaluate the below-average rating of 2.5 stars (on a five-point scale). A few owners appreciate the 2008 enhancements in Quicken Premier, but there are more "worst possible" ratings than ratings at any other level.
Review: Quicken 2008 Premier Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
This review compares Quicken 2008 with earlier versions but says almost nothing about Premier or tracking investments. Still, the detailed feature breakdowns here are very useful. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Quicken 2008 Review, Shelley Elmblad
5. Money Magazine
This review tests only the 2007 versions of Quicken and Money and focuses on basic accounting rather than tracking investments. The review does note that although both Quicken and Money are good products, both are "so big that they can run slowly and be difficult to navigate."
Review: The Best Personal-Finance Software, David Futrelle, Aug. 30, 2007