The Future of QuickBooks Desktop
Ask the Accountant…
Question: I’ve heard rumors that QuickBooks Desktop is going away. Is that true?
Answer: I’ve heard those rumors for years, but QB 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 QB 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 QB Desktop products, which provide a significant, albeit steady, share of annual income.
The fact of the matter is that QB Desktop serves more complex types of businesses, which QB 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 QuickBooks Desktop for our business and am pleased that it looks as though QBD is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Please email your questions to Harriet at Ask The Accountant.
QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise can be modified to better serve ad specialty distributors. Harriet Gatter is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, a former accounting professor and a former ad specialty distributor. She advises ad specialty distributors to use QuickBooks Premier and Enterprise, often in conjunction with other industry-specific software, to manage the complexities of the ad specialty business, with the results being time saved, errors eliminated and an overall accurate accounting of your business. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.