Keeping Your Financial Software Updated: Annual QuickBooks Desktop Service Discontinuation

It’s time again for the annual QuickBooks Desktop service discontinuation notice, which does not mean in any way that QuickBooks Desktop is being discontinued. Rather, Intuit (the makers of QuickBooks) take this time each year to encourage customers to change to QuickBooks Online edition instead of desktop, or for existing desktop users to {sigh} update their desktop software to keep it working fully.

The features and capabilities of QuickBooks Desktop have evolved over time and through a great deal of usage, making the market-leading accounting software for small businesses something that not even its online counterpart can compete with. While QuickBooks Online edition adoption continues to grow, businesses with more mature and complex requirements continue to rely on the tried-and-true capabilities of the QB Desktop editions.

Yet, as technology and business models evolve, so must certain aspects of the beloved QuickBooks Desktop products. Many of these evolutionary changes center on services delivered within the QuickBooks product or as add-on benefits of a particular license type. With identity, license and service management now being handled, at least in part, via web services, QuickBooks is ever-more reliant upon the account and the ability to validate users, roles, license, and services. It is in these areas that service discontinuations tend to focus as older versions of the product no longer support the new methods.

Here is the information Intuit provides regarding service discontinuation for older versions of QuickBooks Desktop (sans the “migrate to QuickBooks Online” messaging).

When does service discontinuation happen and what does it mean?

Access to QuickBooks Desktop add-on services, live technical support, software updates and security patches are all discontinued after May 31, 2023 for QuickBooks Desktop for Windows 2020. This includes all 2020 versions of QuickBooks Desktop Pro, Premier, and Enterprise Solutions (v20). Versions of QuickBooks Desktop earlier than 2020 were discontinued previously, as this is an annual occurrence.

Here is Intuit’s statement regarding service discontinuation:

“Your access to QuickBooks Desktop Payroll Services, Live Support, Online Backup, Online Banking, and other services through QuickBooks Desktop 2020 software will be discontinued after May 31, 2023. This also means you won’t receive critical security updates starting June 1, 2023. If you receive any security updates before this date, install them.

Products affected by service discontinuation after May 31, 2023.

  • QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2020
  • QuickBooks Desktop Premier 2020 (General Business, Contractor, Manufacturing & Wholesale, Nonprofit, Professional Services, and Retail)
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 20
  • QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2020
  • QuickBooks Enterprise Accountant 20
  • QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2020”

Keeping your software up to date is important for a variety of reasons. Not only are new features introduced and software bugs patched or fixed, but security enhancements are introduced regularly to keep your data and accounts safe. Further, regulatory and compliance factors play into some of these updates, as is often the case with online banking service and the like.

Securely connecting to bank feeds, email systems, identity management services and other aspects of software functionality and integration are among the reasons for making sure your accounting software is being updated.

For businesses that don’t use or rely on any of the above services for QuickBooks, the software will continue to work. But, even if the software works after the May 31 date, it might not be a great idea to stay on an older un-updated un-patched and semi-functional version of financial software that you run your business and manage your finances with. Just sayin’.

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