Intuit has finally launched a 1998 version of Quicken, the company's personal finance package. The package includes a direct link to the company's personal finance Web site, offering news and analysis on financial issues. The combination of Quicken's personal finance tracking and portfolio tools with a browser, allows users easier access to financial information, such as a comparison of stocks and shares, Intuit claims. Other new features include a portfolio view, allowing users to get an overview of their investments. A new customised on-screen "net worth" feature enables users to assess the state of their finances without the need to generate separate report or graph. Intuit is also offering Quicken 98 Deluxe, which includes a free daily online update of currency rates, and SmartAlerts, an automatic prompt telling users when an account is reaching its overdraft limit, or when insurance renewals are due. In addition, the Payslip Wizard feature lets users set up their payslip categories to ensure they are tracking the right information to print self-assessment tax reports. Online help with be available for users connected to the Internet, via Quicken's embedded Web browser. Twelve months' worth of free Internet access for two hours a month is bundled with the software for users without Internet access. Quicken 98 is priced at #29.95, a drop of #5 on last year's product, while Quicken Deluxe costs #49.95, #10 down on last year. Intuit: 01932 578500.
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