Will everything work the same in QuickBooks for Mac as QuickBooks Desktop for Windows?

Hi, I had QuickBooks for Mac 2016 2 years ago and that stopped working for an OS update on my I-Mac and there wasn’t any supported version available back in December 2019. Eventually, I had to buy and get the Parallels installed to be able to use QuickBooks 2018 for Windows. Afterwards, I realized it was a useless choice as that made the computer performance terribly slow and QuickBooks frequently had problems. It may be hard for me to switch back to QuickBooks for MAC for getting used to QuickBooks for Windows. I discovered while researching about the performance issues caused by parallels that QuickBooks for MAC 2019 is available again. I assume converting file to QuickBooks for MAC should have any data loss in QuickBooks company file. But how about the functionality and reporting in new QuickBooks for Mac 2019? Will that be the same as the QuickBooks desktop for Windows version that I presently use? I won’t buy QuickBooks for Mac 2019 if it doesn’t have everything almost the same as in Windows version. Any best suggestions on it are highly appreciated. Thanks.

Asked on January 10, 2020 in QuickBooks Desktop.
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Hi, my name is Sam, I am a ProAdvisor and a content consultant for many websites too. I am assigned with the task to evaluate requirements and respond to your questions. When MAC version was discontinued or stopped working for MAC OS update almost 2 years ago many users switched QuickBooks Desktop for windows. Depending on ease and preference some chose to go for a separate computer Windows and rest got the parallels installed to use QuickBooks Desktop for Windows. In response to your post, I will bring the major aspects to the light to help to make a better decision.

Alternatives to QuickBooks for MAC: If you are a diehard lover of MAC computers and don’t want to work on or switch to a windows platform. QuickBooks Online may be the best pie for you. You may not have the exact same look n feel into it but that will suffice the standard accounting requirements for your business. Additionally, you also have the benefit of accessing your QuickBooks from anywhere regardless of the operating system installed on a computer. It can either be accessed from a browser or an App.

Since you haven’t hinted about the line of your business, following what I would like you to ponder the essential points. QuickBooks Desktop for MAC or Online won’t offer you industry-specific functionality.

The Price Affair – QuickBooks Desktop for MAC:

The estimated cost to own QuickBooks Desktop for MAC is $299. It offers you Contact Management, Account Payable, Account receivable, Expense tracking, Invoices and estimates, Inventory etc. likewise other variants of QuickBooks.

QuickBooks for MAC Pros & Cons:

Amidst its user, friendly interface pros and cons using QuickBooks for MAC 2019 can’t be vetoed.    

QuickBooks for MAC Pros:

    • User-friendly Interface.


    • Robust Features.


    • Affordable onetime cost.


QuickBooks for MAC Pros:

    • No anywhere access to data.


    • Tech Support Limited to 30 Days.


    • Can scale up only up to 3 users.



I hope to have satisfied your quest about QuickBooks Desktop for MAC and help you make a better decision. QuickBooks for MAC is inevitably quite affordable to manage your income and expense amid the other basic accounting requirements. QuickBooks Desktop for Windows Company file needs to be converted back to be used in MAC.

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Answered on January 14, 2020.

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