Every year Intuit releases a new version of QuickBooks desktop software, enhancing functionality and adding features to keep the product useful in the modern world. As the program continues to move forward, keeping pace with newer operating systems and software conventions, the older technology and application models eventually expire. Without support and updates, key service features or service integrations, the end-of-life versions of QuickBooks become not only less functional, they become less secure and have a much greater potential for problems.
The QuickBooks Desktop Discontinuation: May 31st is the sunset date for 2016 Versions
While Intuit frequently communicates with license holders via various mailings and in-product notifications, including notices about the discontinuation of the version, the message is often lost amid the annoying messages customers receive via email or as disrupting popups in the program. It is very important that users not miss this notification because it really means more than just a need to update the software. Most businesses have more invested than than just a software purchase, they also have their data and operation to consider.
The real investments a business makes when it adopts QuickBooks desktop are the business processes the software supports, the transaction, customer, vendor, job and product information kept in the system, and the financial and performance data that comes from all of that. People, processes and information are the building blocks of the business and losing any of it can be far costlier to the business than the cost of an annual software upgrade.
When do services for QuickBooks 2016 stop?
May 31, 2019 marks the end of access to all services for QuickBooks 2016 Desktop editions. This includes QuickBooks Desktop 2016 Pro, Premier, Enterprise Solutions and Accountant editions for Windows, and the 2016 Mac edition. The software will continue to function at an basic level after that date, but technical support will end and all integrated services will stop working with the software.
What does it means when Intuit says services for QuickBooks 2016 will stop?
Software updates, online support and certain other added functionality within QuickBooks is provided as service integrated with the desktop software. When support and integrated services are discontinued, it means that subscription or added service functionality is no longer available. Payroll services, online banking, online backup and live support are some of the integrated services that will stop working on May 31, 2019.
Businesses that don’t need payroll, online banking or other services with QuickBooks should still upgrade the software.
While the basic functionality of QuickBooks 2016 will continue to work beyond the discontinuation date, the security and compatibility of the system should remain as top considerations. A major aspect of product discontinuation is the loss of software updates and security updates in particular. When users of 2016 QuickBooks versions stop receiving critical security updates, it could leave the installation vulnerable in a variety of ways. Weaknesses in security protocols or password storage, or failure to update software to remain compatible with new versions of Office or Windows (or Mac OS) could not just render the software unworkable but can also lead to potential data corruption or leave private information visible to hackers.
Upgrade to a newer version of QuickBooks Desktop to continue use of payroll, online banking, online backup, support and updates. For Windows users, 2017, 2018 and 2019 versions continue to be supported, but 2019 becomes the only supported version for Mac. Intuit previously indicated that there wouldn’t be a new Mac version, so having a 2019 edition represents a big win for Mac users who wish to keep their QuickBooks compatible with newer Mac OS versions.
People, processes and data are reliant on the software that supports the activities that keep the business running. Central to retaining the value of your business information and operational processes is keeping the software supporting them up to date with the most current feature set, service integrations, and application and update support. After all, the incremental investments made to maintain important assets of the business tend to be less costly than recovering from lost data and reduced productivity due to failure of an unsupported system.