Last week I read that Microsoft Office Accounting would no longer be distributed after November 16, 2009.

“We have determined that existing free templates within Office used with Excel [were] a better option for small businesses, and the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products were appropriate for mid-range organizations,” Microsoft stated in a FAQ on the company’s Web site regarding the discontinuation.

All Microsoft Office Accounting products in North America and the U.K. are affected, including Office Accounting Express, Office Accounting Professional and Professional Plus and Small Business Accounting.”

This is not the first time that Microsoft has discontinued its small business  / home accounting softwares. Microsoft had earlier also discontinued Microsoft Money.

But then, Microsoft has for long been competing against Intuit’s products. So in a way, the discontinuation of Microsoft Money and Office Accounting will only benefit competitors especially Intuit with its QuickBooks & Quicken and Sage with its Peachtree.

~ Ramya