Small Businesses Get Smart With QuickBooks 2013
New Design Boosts Efficiency, Retains Familiarity
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Small businesses can work smarter and more efficiently with the 2013
version of the best-selling QuickBooks®
financial software from Intuit Inc.
A reimagined and improved design helps small businesses complete
financial tasks faster than ever so they can spend more time building
their businesses. QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2013 deliver all existing
QuickBooks features, plus new enhancements requested by users, in a
clean and simple experience that's optimized for efficiency, and that
makes adding functionality, such as third-party applications, as easy as
one click. The software is scheduled to go on sale Sept. 24.
"Over the past 20 years, we've addressed small businesses' financial
management needs by expanding the functionality of QuickBooks," said Dan
Wernikoff, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's
Financial Management Solutions division. "This release delivers the
QuickBooks small businesses love with an easier-than-ever user
experience. With QuickBooks 2013 small businesses can complete their
financial and accounting responsibilities as quickly as possible,
letting them spend their time on other priorities, like serving existing
and attracting new customers."
A Clean and Simple Experience
QuickBooks 2013 takes a three-pronged approach to make the product easy
to use, easy to understand, and easy to look at. Based on a 2012 survey,
two-thirds of beta testers agreed that QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2013
will help them work more efficiently. Users will find:
A unified look and feel: Visual cues, such as icons, help users
find the controls they need faster than before and quickly determine
what actions to take from screen to screen.
Familiar interactions: A design that's similar to popular Web
applications means there is virtually no learning curve so users can
get right to work.
Clear steps: Design elements remove the guesswork from
workflows, speeding task completion. For example, specific colors
signal specific actions across the product.
In addition, a new navigational Ribbon displays and groups the
most commonly used menu items across the top of transaction forms, such
as invoices and sales receipts. The Ribbon provides fast access to the
controls small businesses need in forms — eliminating a number of
clicks, and uncovering helpful features that users may have overlooked.
"Intuit put a lot of careful thought into the new look of QuickBooks
2013. The new interface is sleek and modern — and makes QuickBooks even
more user friendly," said Joe Woodard, CEO of Woodard
Consulting Group, Atlanta, Ga., and host of Scaling
New Heights, an annual conference for QuickBooks
ProAdvisors. "I'm excited to start using QuickBooks 2013 in my
practice, to share this new QuickBooks experience with my fellow
QuickBooks ProAdvisors and to introduce the product to my clients."
Optimized for Efficiency
Updates and additions to QuickBooks 2013 help small businesses complete
tasks and find the information they need faster than ever. These include:
New Navigation Panel: Access shortcuts to the most commonly
visited parts of QuickBooks in one click via a persistent navigation
panel on the left side of the screen, saving time moving from one
activity to the next. Users can also add their favorite reports to the
panel, so the latest insights about business performance are only a
Updated Centers: Consolidate and organize more important
customer and vendor information in the Customer and Vendor Centers to
save time searching for data typically stored outside of QuickBooks.
Small businesses can now assign multiple contacts to customers and
vendors, and pin to do's to customers. In addition, users can track
twice as many types of contact information for customers and vendors,
such as Facebook pages or Twitter handles.
To boost efficiency, Intuit also addressed dozens of user-requested
improvements. For example, tables in QuickBooks 2013 sport larger fonts
and taller row heights to improve legibility. Small businesses can also
now add multiple notes to contacts and add notes to inventory reports.
Customize QuickBooks in One Click
QuickBooks 2013 grows and evolves with small businesses by easily
connecting to third-party applications and user contributed reports.
Tighter integration with the Intuit
App Center enables small businesses to discover, try and
access applications that integrate with and personalize the
capabilities of QuickBooks based on their distinct needs in just one
click. QuickBooks recommends useful app solutions at appropriate
moments to address small business needs beyond financial management
and to enhance productivity.
Contributed Reports, introduced in QuickBooks 2012, provide a
library of custom, user-generated reports by industry, rating and
popularity and have grown significantly to more than 6,500 in the 2013
version. Reports populate with QuickBooks data in just one click.
More QuickBooks 2013
For growing small businesses with increasing complexity, QuickBooks
Enterprise Solutions 13.0 provides greater flexibility, with
capabilities that users can turn on or add on as needed, such as Advanced
Intuit also introduced the 2013 edition of QuickBooks
Accountant, the company's leading bookkeeping, write-up and
financial reporting solution for accounting professionals. New features
Batch Enter Transactions: Quickly and easily enter groups of
transactions, or paste and save more than 1,000 transactions from
Excel into QuickBooks.
Send General Journal Entries: Email journal entries to clients
directly from QuickBooks, and clients simply "click" to import entries
automatically from an email attachment.
Pricing and Availability
QuickBooks Financial Software Pro and Premier, including
industry-specific versions, can be purchased directly from Intuit on or
around Sept. 24 by calling 877-683-3280 or visiting www.quickbooks.com.
QuickBooks Pro and Premier are scheduled to be available on Oct. 7 at
participating retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's, Costco,
Fry's, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sam's and Staples.
Suggested retail prices for 2013 editions are:
QuickBooks Pro: For newer and existing small businesses: $249.95
QuickBooks Premier, including industry-specific editions for
accountants, contractors, manufacturers and wholesalers, nonprofits,
professional service firms and retailers: For established and
expanding small businesses: $399.95
Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 13.0, including industry-specific
editions, will be available from Intuit by calling 866-379-6635 or
visiting www.qbes.com. It will also be
available through authorized Intuit Resellers, which can be found at www.qbes.com/localhelp.
Price for a five-user version: $3,000, or $2,400 for existing QuickBooks
About Intuit Inc.
Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management
solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions,
including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting
professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®,
Quicken® and TurboTax®,
simplify small business management and payroll
processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries®
and Lacerte® are Intuit's
leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit
Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing
on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and
businesses to manage their money.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $4.15 billion in its
fiscal year 2011. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with
major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India
and other locations. More information can be found at www.intuit.com.
Intuit, the Intuit logo and QuickBooks, among others, are registered
trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United
States and other countries.
Monica Appelbe, 650-944-5648
Whitney MacDonald, 415-844-6294
Source: Intuit Inc.
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