Intuit's new offer made perfect sense: The company so dreaded losing my business as a Bill Pay customer -- which would happen if it cut off my online services -- that it was willing to offer the upgrade free.This answered a question about Intuit's business practices that had bugged me: Why would any company bite the hand that feeds it by cutting off a customer from a lucrative online service? Playing Quicken Chicken It also helped me realize that I had been unwittingly playing a game that I now call Quicken Chicken.
MSMoney Quotes can open your Money file (including password protected ones), obtain the list of securities in your portfolio, make calls to MSN Money’s new quote services to fetch data for these securities, and update your Money file.
It's never a good idea to upgrade a piece of software just before using it for an important job. On February 26 -- two months before the cutoff -- I received this email in which Intuit offered a free upgrade to Quicken Premier 2015, a "4.99 value." The reason for Intuit's cave is right there in the first paragraph: "Because you are a dedicated Quicken Bill Pay customer." Of course I was a dedicated Quicken Bill Pay customer!
For who-knows-how-long I had paid Intuit nearly 0 per year to pay my bills online.
Since Microsoft pulled the plug on the quote services in the summer of 2013, I often get asked if it’s possible to build something that would restore Money's ability to get quote information automatically.
It turns out it is possible, and I have built such a tool!