Street Talk: Reader Views


What has been your or your clients' experience with Microsoft Small Business Accounting? Their reaction would be, "Microsoft makes a small business accounting package?" At least, that would be the reaction of my clients. There has not been a single inquiry or comment from a single client since the day it was released.

Kendall Wheeler

Moore Grider & Co.

Partner Insights

Fresno, Calif.

We have not run across anybody using SBA this tax season.

Stan Schmidt, CPA

Balaban & Schmidt

Daytona Beach, Fla.

I am not aware of anyone using it.

Michael Cooper

Swink, Fiehler & Co.

St. Louis, Mo.

So far none of my clients that use QuickBooks (50 +) have seen any compelling reason to switch. Personally, I like most of Microsoft's products (and am even originally from Seattle) but their Small Business Accounting promotion package sent earlier this year (a large box with a couple of single-page flyers in it) was borderline strange, and didn't give me a lot of motivation to explore the actual product.

Patrick O'Rourke

Patrick O'Rourke CPA

Washington, D.C.

The consensus is that Microsoft SBA is like Intuit Quicken on steroids. Microsoft SBA is not Intuit QuickBooks by any stretch of the imagination. As a checkbook manager with simple financial reporting, it seems to do a fine job for a single-person company looking for technological simplicity and ready to graduate from shoebox accounting.

Jason Mannis Palmer,


Palmer Computer Services

Huntington, N.Y.

None of my clients are using Microsoft Small Business Accounting at this time.

Randy Elder

Randy J. Elder CPA


Honestly, I see more buzz from my IT professional world about SBA and its integration with Business Contact Manager than I do from my accounting world. I like it for one reason-it's provided competition for Intuit.

Susan Bradley, CPA, CITP

Tamiyasu, Smith,

Horn and Braun

Fresno, Calif.

I do not currently have anyone using Microsoft Small Business Accounting.

David L. Micoff, CPA

Digital Guidance

Milford, Mich.

I have not seen one client implement this. I have had one client ask about it, but decided to stay with QuickBooks. I went to a two-day training session and all I got was a sales pitch. Microsoft is doing a terrible job at attempting to get consultants to a point of being able to implement it. I sincerely would like to know how to use the product and I see some industries where it could really make some sense, but generally, I have had no demand for the product.

Bruce Andersen

BTA Consulting and Training

Woodland Hills, Calif.

Unfortunately, none-much to our surprise-as we service a large number of small business clientele. This is not the product of choice.

Doris M. Cahill, CPA

DMC Systems


Microsoft gave us a copy at the MAP conference and one of my staff looked at it and said it looked fairly comprehensive but to this date, QuickBooks is still the entire market for small business. I haven't had anyone use it, so don't have any experience.

Bert Doerhoff

Bert Doerhoff CPA

Jefferson City, Mo.

We have not assisted any clients with Microsoft Small Business Accounting. We are basically waiting to see if there is any client demand to switch over, before we expend any resources to sell, train, and support. So far, we haven't had a single client call with questions on Microsoft Small Business Accounting.

John G. Seale, CPA

RBSK Partners

Greensburg, Ind.

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