QuickBooks 2017 R16 Released, but what the heck?

| March 26, 2020

Intuit has released QuickBooks 2017 R16, and they don’t want to tell us what they have changed!

This update should be available via automatic updates, as well as at the QuickBooks Update site, but I’ve not tried it. I don’t want to install an update when I have no idea what it being changed.

I like to tell people about updates so that when you notice that one is to be installed, you know what to expect. Or, if you are an accounting professional, when you talk to your clients you know what to tell your clients about the latest release. So I write these little update notices as a service.

The entire message from Intuit about QuickBooks 2017 R16 is (at the time I’m writing this): “This update contains no visible changes to your product.”

Nothing to see here, move along.

I have to say that normally I’m comfortable with new releases from the QuickBooks desktop development team. They are good people, working with an antiquated system, and they do a remarkable job. BUT, I usually tell people to wait a few weeks to install most updates (unless it is critical) because sometimes an issue will crop up with a new release. Not often, but it can happen (and has happened in the past). But I like to have some idea of what is changed so I know what features to keep an eye on.

So this kind of “release note” doesn’t give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. I don’t know that there is anything to worry about, but I don’t know what kind of things to watch out for here.

Come on, Intuit, you can do better…

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Charlie Russell is the founder of CCRSoftware. He’s been involved with the small business software industry since the mid 70’s, focusing on inventory and accounting software for small businesses. Charlie is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

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  1. Sara Laidlaw says:

    It’s probably the kill switch for May 31

    • Denise L says:

      What Sara said …
      I’m so peeved at this; I work for a small company that doesn’t use a lot of the 2017 features and can’t justify add’l $500 to upgrade – but come May, will lose the ability to email invoices! Everyone wants their invoices emailed these days … Why are they killing this feature if you don’t upgrade? I feel like we are being held hostage …

      • Charlie says:

        Denise, I haven’t tested this, but I think that the cancellation of email services only occurs if you are using “QuickBooks email service”, which most businesses don’t use. If you are using Outlook, or a web mail like Gmail, you should still be able to send emails via QB. But, I don’t have an out-of-date version installed on my system currently, so I can’t test. Gmail might not work, because Google has been updating their security protocols and older versions of QB aren’t up to date. But, give it a try. “QuickBooks email” is a service that uses the Intuit servers, and it makes sense that this won’t be supported when they retire the product.

    • Charlie says:

      You are most likely right. My recollection was that in the past they at least said something along that line – BUT Intuit has changed the update website to not show the details of updates to expired products, so I can no longer see what they said.

      Still, I hate it when they say things in this way.