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Intuit to Sunset QuickBooks Desktop Version 2016

Every year on April 30th Intuit sunsets versions of their QuickBooks desktop software (PC & Mac) that are more than 3 years old. Sunsetting is when a company chooses to stop supporting older product or version of software. On April 30, 2019 when Intuit sunsets the 2016 version of QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) users of this product will no longer have access to technical support related to the product or data. This also means that is you are using any other QuickBooks or Intuit connected services such as Payroll, Credit Card Processing, Bill Pay, Online Banking, QuickBooks Email, Accountants Copy Transfer Service, etc. will no longer work.

Why does Intuit sunset QuickBooks’ versions after 3 years?

At any given time, Intuit must provide tech support for three or four different versions of QuickBooks Desktop software running on multiple different operating systems. Maintaining the infrastructure and software to support this process and the connected services can be costly for the software developer and makes delivering technical support difficult. The requirement to move to the online version or upgrade to a newer version of the desktop software offers many great benefits to you and your business since each year Intuit releases new features that might be relevant to your business.

This force to upgrade is a perfect time to consider a move to QuickBooks Online. Intuit has upgraded the product performance and added lots of new features to the online version to allow it to compete more closely with the desktop versions. In addition, the online version of QuickBooks provides a higher level of data security and gives you anytime/anywhere access to your data. This is also the best option if you are considering outsourced bookkeeping or accounting support services.

If you are interested in exploring if QuickBooks Online is a good fit for your business, or if you need to upgrade your desktop version, you can contact us at info@thinkleader.com. We offer  discounts for all QuickBooks software products including payroll & credit card processing.