Don't Open the Windows (Just Yet)
It is easy enough to say, "I'll wait until Windows 10 has been out a few months before I'll bother with it." That is a good idea. I don't recommend that you be an "early adopter" of any new release. The problem is I know that as soon as it is available on July 29, some of our clients will start using it, in spite of our recommendations. Microsoft is already starting to push information on Windows 10 out to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 with a "Get Windows 10" icon right on the system tray.
So, if you're like us, and use QuickBooks, some of your questions about compatibility might be:
- Does QuickBooks work with Windows 10 at all?
- Will the QuickBooks update process work?
- Can I save forms as a PDF using the QuickBooks PDF mechanism?
- Can I reconcile an account (which saves a PDF internally) and open past reconciliations?
- Some features in QuickBooks require Internet Explorer - will those still work?
- Will QuickBooks still integrate with Microsoft Office?
- Will Intuit-provided extensions still work, such as QuickBooks Statement Writer, Loan Manager, Cash Flow Projector, Fixed Asset Manager and Business Planner?
At Off-Site Business Services, we recommend that you be careful and don't rush into Windows 10 right away. Let other people test the waters first. If you have to jump in then you should make a full system-image backup first, as that is the only way you can roll back to your prior version if you find that there are problems.
If you have questions about working with QuickBooks after you launch Windows 10, give me a call.