Here’s an interesting little nugget of information related to the Quicken 2007/Mac OS X Lion debacle. In case you missed it, Apple has decided to drop Rosetta from their next major update of OS X (10.7; dubbed “Lion”). This means that software that hasn’t been updated to run on the Intel chip architecture won’t run on Lion.
To me, this is an understandable move by Apple. They’ve accommodated developers for years by including the Rosetta environment in their OS, and the vast majority of software has since been updated. It’s not Apple’s fault that Quicken hasn’t been updated in years, and they can’t be expected to be held back by Intuit’s inattention.
Anyway, back to that interesting little nugget…
A commenter named George pointed out a recent MacObserver article in which an Intuit exec named Aaron Patzer revealed that they’re negotiating with Apple for permission to embed critical bits of Rosetta into an updated version of Quicken 2007, thereby enabling it to run on Lion.
It’s still not clear if Apple will allow this, or if Intuit will be able to make it work, but there’s a chance that Quicken 2007 will be capable of running on Lion by the end of the summer. In the meantime, Intuit is hopefully working to make Quicken Essentials for Mac suck less – but that’s a pretty tall order.
In related (and very welcome) news…
Patzer also stated that the ability to import your data into Mint.com is “likely coming in the next six-to-nine months.” Given that Patzer founded Mint, which was later acquired by Intuit, so he hopefully knows what he’s talking about.
What do you think? Would you switch to Mint if you could keep your Quicken data? To me, it would largely depend on whether or not it has the ability to track investments down to individual trades, keep track of tax lots, etc.