Yesterday Microsoft has released the English Sunset edition of Money Plus Deluxe which is a replacement for Money Plus Standard, Deluxe, and Premium editions which shipped with digital rights management that required activation of the product. Microsoft has also released the English Sunset edition of Money Plus Home & Business, and like the first Sunset edition, they are both essentially FREE legal copies of the latest updated OFFLINE versions of Microsoft Money Plus that you can download, even if you’ve never used Money before! Choose the latter version if you’d like to keep track of (and print) invoices as well as small business expenses.
Money 2007 had a couple of minor bugs that are fixed in Money Plus Deluxe and Sunset including:
- being able to write to drives with more than 2 GB of space remaining
- the setting for the number of scheduled backups to retain is honored
- spinoffs are handled properly
This is from Money’s website:
Microsoft Money products since Money 2007 have utilized a digital rights management system which required users to activate their product at or shortly after setup. Now that the Microsoft Money product line is nearing the end of its supported lifecycle, the activation services will also be ending. To enable users the ability to continue to use Microsoft Money manually, (without online quotes or online banking services), Microsoft is releasing “Money Plus Deluxe Sunset”, and a “Money Plus Home and Business Sunset”. The Sunset [editions] do not require activation, and come preconfigured with no online services, thus allowing users access to their Microsoft Money data files.
The Sunset editions are what we’ve all been waiting for as they allow us the freedom to install the latest updated version of Money on future computers and hard-drives without the activation limitations, yet by using the OFX scripts, still be able to gather our account data and quotes OFFLINE as if we still had Online services enabled!
If you are upgrading Money Plus to the Sunset edition, it will be hard to tell that the upgrade took place. The best way to verify the upgrade is to look at the Version number as it will change from 17.0.xxx.1415 to 17.0.xxx.3817.
The opening screen can be very confusing as it asks for your email address, etc (WindowsLive ID), but by simply clicking on File (upper left corner area) and then opening your Money data file, you can bypass all the confusion and avoid messing up your file password.