Microsoft offering one of the editions of its accounting package at no cost, but users of the paid SKU can upgrade to the latest release of the software for free. According to the Microsoft, Small Business Accounting 2006, Office Accounting Professional 2007 and Office Accounting Professional Plus 2008, Office Accounting Professional 2008 and Office Accounting Standard 2008 can be upgraded for free to Office Accounting Professional 2009. At the same time, Office Accounting Express 2007 and Office Accounting Express 2008 can be upgraded to Office Accounting Express 2009.
“Whilst we didn’t have time to switch SQL Express 2005 out with SQL Express 2008 when it finally became ready (we shipped Office Accounting 2009 months ago), we do support the newer and faster SQL in Office Accounting Professional. You can basically install SQL Server 2008 first, and then choose to install the client only of Office Accounting and point to SQL 2008,” revealed John Thuneby, Microsoft senior program manager.