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I'd like to tag on to this discussion for some advice. I need to get a new computer and I want to switch to a Mac for mostly video reasons. The only thing that is causing me to hesitate is Quicken. I have about 4 years of history from my Windows program. What is my best option, or least worst? I had thought that installing VMWare or Parallels and installing Quicken for Windows was my solution.

You have a few options. There is Quicken for the Mac, and it will import Quicken for Windows data to some extent. It depends on how complex your data is - it will import basic banking information. Quicken for Mac is supposed to be less sophisticated than Quicken for Windows, but if you are doing basic banking either one will work. I'm not sure how different it is in terms of its interface but it is supposed to be similar to the Windows version.

However, as discussed earlier in this thread, Intuit has not been very Mac-friendly lately and it's unclear whether they will continue to support Quicken for Mac in the long term. (Which is sad, since they were one of the few companies that supported Mac through the dark years when Apple almost went under.) They seem to be more focused on Quicken Essentials, which is very limited compared to Quicken 2007. There are other Mac financial programs, with pros and cons, but none of them seem to have equal features compared to Quicken Windows at this point.

Another option is to run Windows on your Mac. You have the option of Boot Camp (built into your Mac), Parallels or VM Ware. (I think there's another program that is more limited that works with some programs - can't remember the name.) With Boot Camp you have to boot into Windows separately - with Parallels or VM Ware you can run Windows at the same time as the Mac OS. I have Parallels running on my MacBook, and even though my computer is from 2008, Parallels runs very well. It was extremely easy to install and run - I don't think you'll have any issues even as a Mac newbie. The main disadvantage is that if you don't have a copy of Windows, you have to buy a copy which is quite expensive. But that may not be an issue for you since you are coming from Windows.

Or you can buy a second computer as wadigo suggests.

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