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Quicken Eats Mint

I just got this email: to Join the Intuit Family

We’ve got exciting news to share with you! Quicken and are coming together to take personal finance to the next level. Intuit just announced our intent to purchase The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2009. is a fast-growing provider of online personal finance solutions, providing more than 1.5 million users a fresh, easy and intelligent way to manage their money. Intuit and share a common goal: to help you do more with your money through innovative, easy-to-use solutions.

Rest assured, we’ll continue to offer the easy-to-use Quicken Desktop software you know and trust. And you’ll get the same level of great service you have come to expect from Quicken.

In fact, you can look forward to new ways Quicken will help you spend smarter, save more and live richly.

If you have questions you can keep up-to-date on the latest by visiting the Quicken Blog.


Todd Stanley
Vice President & General Manager

This is potentially exiting news for anyone who had their entire goddamn financial lives on Quicken and then went Mac. The only thing missing from Quicken for Mac is a sad “wah-WAH” trumpet sound every time it launches. I experimented with for a while and really liked it, but ultimately it never stuck because I was already too deep in the Quicken-sand (I get MAD pun points for that shit).

Hopefully Intuit will bend more to Mint’s UI and experience rather than the other way around: I would LOVE to see Mint/Quicken integration. Since has a pretty sweet set-up in the cloud PLUS and great iPhone app I actually have a glimmer of excitement brewing in me that Quicken will finally be, for lack of a better term, “Fashion Forward.”

Thoughts? Feelings? Am I wrong about this? I have a feeling some of you finance nerds will have an opinion…

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  2. Rich says:

    Time for a class action lawsuit agains Quicken for their forced upgrades. email me at dad78 (at) if you agree

  3. Floyd DaBarber says:

    Intuit is a whore. Sure, all software has bugs in it, and so it is sometimes necessary to release software before one has all defects fixed 100%. And all companies deserve to sometimes override customer comfort in favor of the bottom line. But Intuit does both in such a ham-handed and amateur way that they have become the poster child for mediocrity, bloatware, and authoritarian mandatory upgrades and abusive sunsetter clauses. Intuit will do to Mint what IBM did to Rational. They will fuck it in the ass and toss it in the Dumpster(tm) when done.

  4. Deltus says:

    Fucking doesn’t even work for Canada. *pout*

  5. Deltus says:

    I get the feeling that Intuit will find a way to royally fuck up

  6. Nathan says:

    Hey great blog, I totally agree by the way. Oh yeah, episode 8 of A Very Special Podcast is up

    Talk to you later

  7. TheOrangeShirtKid says:

    well, quicken is minty fresh now.

  8. Never underestimate the ability of Intuit to fuck things up completely, and make you pay for the privilege over and over again.

    Boo, hiss, boo, hiss, boo.

  9. DerJester says:

    I actually use both and each have their pluses. Quicken online looks outdated compared to mint, and for some reason doesn’t want to access my student loan balances. Mint has outstanding analysis if past trends and advice on how to save. Quicken online (and their iphone app) let you add transactions and helps you plan your spending giving you a “Left til your next paycheck total” which is great. A combination of all those things will make Minten a fantastic app that I won’t be able to live without.
    The major problem I have with Quicken Online right now is how stupid it is when it comes to matching transactions with what I entered.
    Mint sent emails out to all their users like 3 days ago. Quicken needs a faster mail server.

  10. Aaron says:

    I keep all my money in the fireplace…. That’s the best insulated place in case of a fire right?

  11. Mitch says:

    The one thing I never liked about Mint is that it isn’t able to access pending transactions which makes it’s account balance outdated as soon as you make a purchase after Mint updates for the day. Quicken Online has the same downfall. As they both stand now, without access to pending transactions, they’re little more than outdated check registries that can give you some graphs on your spending habits. I just don’t see a reason for either one, and on top of that, you’re also storing all of your login information, including the verification questions and answers, on a remote server somewhere.

  12. dlew says:

    Hardcore quicken OSX user here. I love the UI and ideas in mint, and I even used it’s credit card comparing tools to select my current card.. I probably would have switched had I not been so locked-in to quicken.. hopefully this merger will be good for users of each…

  13. Kwame says:

    For using Mint for only four months, I’m fresh on keeping my finances all i one place. I never used quicken but I only have heard of good things. I think it is a great idea in the right direction of “easy to use” software/ UI for finances. For quicken its great because they can take all the idea uses and put it into their software. I think will be use as a stepping stone to try and attracted people into using quicken software and such. Let’s just hope they keep the way it is, fresh and out of the sinking mud of Quicken software

  14. Brett Brooks says:

    What is this word “finance” that you keep on using?…

  15. m says:

    i think this summarizes the situation well, from a former intuit employee:

  16. Eric Woods says:

    I’ve been Minty fresh for a long time and was very nervous to hear this. I do remember breathing a sigh of relief when the ‘IT WILL REMAIN FREE’ part came up in the blog. Still curious as to what will change though.

  17. Mitch says:

    Quicken does have an iPhone app, and it’s garbage. It works with their “Quicken Online” service.

  18. isoS says:

    I keep all my money in a shoebox like Redman.