If you visit the homepage of the QuickBooks website, you will only find the reference for QuickBooks Desktop versions buried in the lower left hand corner of the site, or hidden in the “all products” link at the top of the page. You definitely have to search to find references to QB Desktop on the QuickBooks website. If you didn’t know better, you might think that QuickBooks Online was the only edition available today.
Does this mean that Intuit is leaving Desktop users behind? Not yet! Intuit says that they are still developing the Desktop products and providing support to them for now. However, it does look like Desktop will certainly be left behind at some point in the future. A small sign of this pending change, is that Intuit is now giving priority to ProAdvisors that are certified in QBO rather than Desktop, and also as I mentioned earlier, you have to search to find Desktop on their website. Who knows how long it will take to completely fade out Desktop, though… It could take 3 years, or 10. We will just have to wait and see.
So what should you do in the meantime?