The Future of QuickBooks Desktop
Question: I’ve heard rumors that QuickBooks Desktop is going away. Is that true?
Answer: I’ve heard those rumors for years, but QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier and Enterprise) is improved upon year-over-year, and appears to be here to stay. I recently attended a webinar by Joe Woodard about this very subject. He quoted statistics that there are about 4 million QuickBooks Desktop (QBD) users compared to 4.5 million QuickBooks Online (QBO) users, and there were 14 improvements made to QBD in 2020. This shows a commitment by Intuit to its QuickBooks Desktop products, which provide a significant, albeit steady, share of annual income.
The fact of the matter is that QuickBooks Desktop serves more complex types of businesses that QuickBooks Online does not. Ours is a complex and unique business. We need the added functionality of QBD over QBO. I’m a big fan of QBD for our business and am pleased that it looks as though QBD is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
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Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.