Intuit confirmed Friday it is discontinuing its QuickBooks Time Tracker and QuickBooks Time & Billing offerings, effective Dec. 1, 2011.

The company posted the notice on its Web site, explaining that from now until Dec. 1, 2011  QuickBooks Time Tracker and QuickBooks Time & Billing services will be provided free of charge.

On the site, Intuit suggests users select an alternate time tracking solution, specifically eBillity as well as eBillity Time Tracker and Billing Manager, which have “comparable features.”

The company claims it is discontinuing the two products “in order to focus on strategic, core mobile applications such as QuickBooks Mobile. This is also related to our decision to enable third party developers, who do a better job at integration, to solve these niche customer needs,” an Intuit spokesperson said. “Additionally, similar functionality is already available through QuickBooks Online, in addition to the Intuit App Center, both of which have had strong customer response.” 

As to the timing of the announcement, Intuit claims users were informed earlier this month via in-product and email announcements, as well as personal phone calls.

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