Summary: You can't argue with free, particularly when the freebie is a small-business accounting program as nicely designed as Microsoft Office Accounting Express. The Professional version is impressive too, especially for eBay users--although not stellar enough to convert QuickBooks' legions of fans.
Pros: Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 is free; lets you manage eBay auction sales and purchases; has a clean interface; integrates with hundreds of online banks.
Cons: Some of the features within Microsoft Office Accounting Express 2007 require the paid Microsoft Office 2007, which isn't available yet; requires Windows 2003 server, XP, or Vista; time-intensive installation; expensive tech support.
Excerpt: Change is not always a welcome event especially when it involves something you use every day like Office 2003 was. Office 2007's new ribbon menu bar greatly changed the how we find and get done what we need to get done in our documents, spreadsheets, presentations and such. One of the good things about this new ribbon is that it allows you to add and make modifications.
Conclusion: The beta of Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 is a giant leap forward; I especially like the eBay and PayPal integration, but the payroll system still needs some work.
Pros: Effective setup. Solid tools for small-biz accounting. Microsoft Office-like interface and good integration with Office applications. Good cash-flow management. Detailed contact records. PayPal, eBay integration. Free (for now).
Cons: Payroll clunky unless you use ADP for processing. Supports fewer banks than QuickBooks. Too few customized reports. Claimed RAM requirement is 512MB, but 1GB is more realistic. Currency support requires too much user input.
Download Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 (Service Pack 1) Technical Preview Build 12.0.6207.1000 via Torrent or Link
3 September 2007
Excerpt: Microsoft has released Technical Preview edition of Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 (Service Pack 1) to a small group of testers and members of Microsoft Office Product Evaluation TAP on Microsoft Connect . This release is a pre-beta, meaning it’s not suitable for average users, except technical savvy who can deal with bugs.
Excerpt: Scout is the code name of the rumored new plug-in developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Office 2007 , which intends to further enhance the easiness to find a command or function in Microsoft Office 2007 application or program. This is on top of enhanced and redesigned Microsoft Office Fluent or Ribbon user interface that helps users to locate and find functions and commands within Office 2007 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook programs.