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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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11 responses to “QuickBooks Online Edition – Review”

  1. Chris

    I like Time59 ( It has online invocing, time and expense tracking, payment entry and more. $49.95 for unlimited use and a 30 day free trial.

  2. Ben Kepes

    Thanks for the tip Chris – I’ll check ’em out!

  3. charlieperry

    Thanks for the review.

    Speed is really important with bookkeeping software. In fact it’s the most important thing. Bookkeepers do huge amounts of data entry and a difference of a few seconds in entering a transaction really adds up over a whole day or a week or a year. A few seconds wasted on each transaction completely negates any of the benefits of accounting in the cloud.

    I’ve tried quite a few of the online accounting packages and so far I have to say that I think QBOE is the best.

    As for the complexity, I’d point out that QBOE faithfully recreates in the browser the desktop Quickbooks experience. This is really important for getting companies to make the transition to the cloud because bookkeepers hate having to change software.

  4. Sty Liskit

    A buddy of mine showed me Ubuntu plus GNU Cash. Ubuntu’s theme is Linux for humans and they are correct. This combo is a free replacement for quickbooks. In many ways, it is better.

  5. Rick

    Thanks. I own a small biz (about $1M/year). This is the best info regarding QBOE I have seen and I have scoured the net. I am trying to do two things for the new year (2009). 1) Migrate to Mac (my love of my iPhone and hatred of Vista have finally forced me to do this. 2) Push as many applications as possible to the cloud. Intuit has failed me on both accounts (I’ve been a QB users for 20 years).

    Thanks again for a really honest review.

  6. Ben Kepes

    @Rick – that’s the sort of comment that makes this gig worthwhile! Thanks very much!

  7. Lisa cornell

    I did use quickbooks for sometime and found that the application is reaaly slow, it annoyed me a lot. Also, it does not support mac os.


  8. jjnor

    terrible speed, it’s so frustrating trying to work with QBOE, everything elso runs fine except for QBOE, anybody else got the same problem ?

  9. MMW

    SOOOOOO slow, and converting from my paypal pro mac version took forever, and the classes and amounts and tax rates are all messed up and mis categorized (they were not originally on my desktop version). After spending weeks trying to make corrections, am giving up on the online version. You have to open new tabs to look at different windows – big drawback as this thing runs like molassas and small business owners hate doing accounting so why make it even more painful for us?????? Waste of money, and now I have to redo 6 months worth of data entry since it wont transfer back to macs….grrrrr. May change completely and never buy quickbooks again! Ha….