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Completely rewritten for simplicity and speed, QuickBooks 2008 is easier to learn & use, saving businesses time on routine tasks and putting them in control of their finances

Maidenhead, UK, 18th September 2007 - Intuit launches QuickBooks 2008 today, the most significant new version of its small business financial management software since 1995. Based on extensive customer feedback, the entire family of QuickBooks software has been completely redesigned for the UK with a focus on much greater ease of use, helping businesses to work more efficiently.

QuickBooks 2008 has a wealth of new customer-driven innovations that simplify and accelerate completion of everyday financial tasks, helping small businesses to manage their customers, suppliers and staff more professionally.

The improvements to the software’s navigation begin with a new Home Page which displays all of the user’s most important and critical activities on one simple screen, saving time on hunting through menus and lists. This can be customised to suit an individual business, making it much easier to see essential business information, including account balances.

The new Customer and Supplier Centres in QuickBooks Pro and Premier are amongst the extensive transformations in QuickBooks 2008. These bring all customer and supplier information into one central location, so that key data including contact and transaction history can be viewed on a single page. Furthermore, frequently-executed tasks such as finding lists and reports are now no more than two mouse clicks away, enabling rapid navigation for users. Critical business relationships can be managed better as users have all relevant details at their fingertips, allowing businesses to respond to customers and suppliers quickly and effectively. Similarly, a new Employee Centre allows businesses to view all their employee and payroll tasks on a single screen, making it easier for them to carry out functions such as tracking employee time or job costs, and automatically billing them.

For first-time users, set-up is simplified so they can map their business onto QuickBooks swiftly before moving onto other features. The new Easy Step® Start Up Interview process is much shorter, focuses on the fundamentals and uses plain English rather than accounting terminology to ensure QuickBooks is installed successfully. QuickBooks Pro and Premier automate the account selection-process, recommending common account types for 29 key industry types. This helps first time users to organise their accounts correctly and avoid errors at the set-up stage. QuickBooks “learns” from repeated entries so that when a user chooses a new supplier, an account will pre-fill based on past entries. This saves time and means users are more likely to choose the right accounts for their expenses, avoiding costly mistakes that their accountants have to correct at a later date.

Other improvements include a new VAT management feature to enable centralised and enhanced VAT management; integration with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook contacts* and more options to customise and create professional-looking forms and reports.

Richard Bee, UK managing director of Intuit said: “Businesses don’t want accounting software that is complicated to learn and use. They want software that is easy to install and will integrate seamlessly with other applications, as well as being user-friendly so staff can pick it up easily and get the job done as quickly as possible. To this end we’ve designed every feature and function from the customer’s perspective to make QuickBooks 2008 even more easy to use and the whole accounting process much clearer”.

New versions of the QuickBooks 2008 family from SimpleStart through to QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Premier are available immediately from www.quickbooks.co.uk and major retailers.

Editors Notes:

Pricing** - All prices include VAT and are as follows:

QuickBooks SimpleStart 2008
New User Pricing: £39.95

QuickBooks Pro 2008
New User Pricing: £299.95

QuickBooks Pro 2008 & Payroll
New User Pricing: £399.90

QuickBooks Pro 2008 3-User
New User Pricing: £699.95

QuickBooks Pro 2008 5-User
New User Pricing: £899.00

QuickBooks Premier 2008
New User Pricing: £449.95

QuickBooks Premier 2008 3-User
New User Pricing: £1149.95

QuickBooks Premier 2008 5-User
New User Pricing: £1599.99

Payroll Annual Subscription
New User Pricing: £99.95

About Intuit UK

Intuit UK is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small organisations and their advisors including accountants and book-keepers. Key products and services include the popular QuickBooks family of accounting and payroll software. These are available directly or through major retailers including High Street banks. Intuit works through its QuickBooks ProAdvisor Programme and Intuit Developer Network to serve the accounting needs of small enterprises nationwide. Intuit UK is headquartered in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Intuit UK a subsidiary of Intuit Inc., and is quoted on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol INTU. For more information on Intuit visit www.quickbooks.co.uk and http://advisors.quickbooks.co.uk

Media contacts:

Intuit Team
GBC
+44 (0) 20 8322 1922
intuit@gbc.co.uk

Footnotes:

* Requires Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, 2003 or 2007. Excel integration requires Excel 2000, 2002, 2003 or 2007. Outlook synchronisation requires QuickBooks Contact Sync for Outlook tool, available for free at www.quickbooks.com/contact_sync/ and Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003 or 2007. Business software applications sold separately

** Pricing subject to change

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