Microsoft have announced that they are to stop selling their finance package Microsoft Money. Not a product that I’ve had much experience of and maybe that is typical of many users (hence the problem)
Apparently last year MS Money was removed from stores, offered only as an online purchase. It is alleged Microsoft are in the process of informing customers of the decision (all two of them) * that by the end of June 09 they will no longer be selling the product, support will be available until 2011.
Data to the package from financial services will stop around that time allegedly.
Microsoft are reported to have said
“It’s a mix of what’s going on in the market, what makes sense for long-term for us and a little bit on consumer behavior,”
Although I would like to translate what I think they mean:
“It’s because nobody wants to buy it. We want to cut as much fat as we can and consumer behavior seems to be migrating to FOSS for many software solutions”
Thats my take on what they were saying.
You can read a very good article on this over at Cnet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10261742-56.html
* Said in jest, I’m sure MS Money has a few more than two users.
Goblin – firstname.lastname@example.org