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    MS Money and Passport

    I'm thinking of upgrading my MS Money 99 to the 2003 version, but have heard that in order to do so I will have to yield necessary information to the maw of Microsoft Passport, which I will not do. Is this true? (Tried searching the archive but no luck.) Thanks.

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    You don't have to surrender, but you will find that it's pervasive in the UI....I maintain a dummy hotmail account for exactly this sort of crap. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    I have 3 passports and all that was needed was a name and a valid email address, nothing else. Just look for and fill in only the items listed as REQUIRED.

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    Mark and Dave, thanks for the reply, and it's re-assuring that to get the Passport account itself minimal information is needed. My larger concern is what information Passport may be taking from MS Money , in which confidential information resides. Any ideas?

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    "Any ideas? "
    No, I don't. I do not use Money, my book keeper uses Quicken

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    <hr>...my book keeper uses Quicken... <hr>
    Huh? It sez here you're re-tarred, Dave! Is this bookkeeper's name "Mrs. Dave?"

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    I've never seen anything in any publications or newgroups about Passport taking information from any other software product. I think that MS would've been tarred and feathered by now if there was any sort of funny business about Passport and other products.

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    Thanks Joe; I should have been more precise. My concern arises from the historical problem that's existed with Passport and security. Now, in order for many of the MS Money features to work (bill pay, retrieve bank transactions, etc.), the Money user goes through the Passport system, i.e., the MS system (I think; thus the reason for my inquiry). How safe can one feel with that data moving through Microsoft? In earlier versions of Money, the user could connect directly to the bank (dialup to dedicated number) or cut and paste from the bank's website. The idea of being locked into Passport to use these features gives me pause. I like MS Money better than Quicken, but I don't want to bet my financial security on Microsoft's version of "security." Appreciate your thoughts.

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    BigAl, YES

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    What Money 2003 is going to (strongly) suggest is that you allow it to send information to Money online. You don't need to do it. For example, when I start Money, it has my Hotmail account pre-populated in the sign in page, and I always skip it. It doesn't prevent you from getting online statements, etc. In fact, I can connect to my bank's website, download a QIF file, and reconcile my account(s) without ever logging in to Passport. I certainly understand your concerns, but in this instance....you're not risking anything, as long as you don't just click away dialog boxes! Think of Money 2003 as Money with an option to log into Money Central that you don't have to use.
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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    Got it. Thanks, Mark. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    I have 2 versions of MS Money, but have not installed either, one is 2000, the other 2002, is it any good? I have my stuff setup in Excel and have been too lazy to change over to another accountancy program. I don't know anyone who uses it, so I throw the question to you.

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    I just upgraded to the 2003 edition from Money 2001. I like it very much, it's very easy to use and has a lot of tools too. I can't confess to using the long term planner that it has, but I'd bet if you took a little time to set up your accounts, you'd wonder why you used Excel for so long. It also has several small how-to videos and audio help (which you can turn off), making the learning curve not so steep.

    What I particularly like is that I can synch Money with my PDA, which has a little counterpart application called Ultrasoft Money. I can enter my expenses using the same interface, drop the Handspring in its cradle, and I'm up to date in both places. (Quicken has a similar pocket version.)
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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    Thanks Mark, Ill have a looksee. They came with the OEM version of Works 2002, hence I didn't even load it. Do you think the OEM has all the features? Either way I'll certainly have a look. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: MS Money and Passport

    Yes, I would think that the OEM has all the basics there - of course, I could be way off. An OEM license for the most part allows the reseller to do what they want with the software (within certain limitations) but Microsoft likes to control their distributions, and besides, I think most OEMs realize that addling software by removing things is not a good way to retain customers.

    Who knows? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> Keep in mind that there are basic, standard and deluxe versions of Money, and the lesser brethren may not include all the additional planning features. That was one compelling purchase factor for me - I wanted the tools (even though I've been to lazy to use them yet). <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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