In a few days Microsoft will be launching Windows 8. Here’s what you need to know about Windows 8 and your AccountEdge software.
Most importantly, we’ve identified an issue in Windows 8 that Microsoft has recognized and will be addressing but not until their first update, which is rumored to be released within the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the issue will prevent some versions of AccountEdge from launching.
If you are in the U.S. and using AccountEdge Pro 2012 r16.1.8 or later, you are okay and should not experience any issues. If you are using an earlier version of AccountEdge, however, we advise you to delay upgrading to Windows 8 until Microsoft releases their first hot fix update.
If you are using the Canadian version of AccountEdge, we advise you to delay upgrading to Windows 8 until Microsoft releases their first hot fix update.
We don’t expect to release an update to the 2012 version of AccountEdge Pro until the end of the year, unless Microsoft doesn’t release the fix that we’ve already tested.
All of this could be a moot point if Microsoft has incorporated this fix in the commercial version (not the version that was shipped to hardware providers some time ago). In that case, no update would be required.
Windows 8 Support
We only test new Operating Systems with current shipping versions of AccountEdge. So what does this mean? Going forward, if we should need to update AccountEdge because of Windows 8, we’ll do that in the current version only. While we don’t fully test older versions, however, we typically perform a quick check so that we can identify and share what works and what doesn’t. At this point, we’ve only identified the one, aforementioned, issue.
Of course, you can always upgrade to the latest, Windows 8-compatible release, but that choice is up to you..
We’ll continue to post updates to our system requirements page and Windows 8 Compatibility FAQ which you can find here.