Microsoft Money Essentials 2007

Review: Money Essentials simplifies management of your financial accounts, bill-paying, and budgeting so much that it handicaps itself.

Money Essentials may be the simplest program Microsoft has ever produced. The developers will likely tweak it over the years, but Microsoft says its meant to be a clean, simple tool for aggregating separate accounts (giving one gatekeeper access to all of them by supplying your log-in information) with bill-paying, budgeting, and reporting capabilities. Unfortunately, the simplification has come at the expense of program utility.

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