Following on from previous successful Quicken software, the Quicken 2012 suite of products (*Est. $30 and up) continue to receive praise from reviewers for the longevity of the products and for the completeness of their features. Note: Quicken's policy is to support the online features of yearly versions of its products for two years prior to the current version. Therefore, Quicken 2010 users will be able to use its online features (downloading transactions, online bill pay) only until April 30, 2013.
There are several features new to the Quicken 2012 personal finance line of software. The budget feature has been redesigned to automatically create a budget for your top five spending categories, and you can also create a customized debt repayment plan. Investors will appreciate the automatic downloading of transactions into their investment accounts, and people dealing in multiple currencies can now download the latest currency exchange rates, instead of having to enter them manually. The addition of large-size fonts and more account bars is designed to help the ease of use of Quicken programs.ProsDetailed account tracking, Budgeting, planning and savings tools, Debt-reduction tool, Automatic data downloads and categorization, Automatic currency exchange rate downloadConsInstallation populates desktop with ads, Expensive phone support, More complexity than some will want, No mobile apps (at all)