MENLO PARK, Calif. - October 16, 1995 - Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU), the leading developer of personal and small business finance software, today introduced Pocket QuickenTM bundled with the new HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer. Pocket Quicken for the HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer, the newest version of Intuit's market-leading mobile financial application, enables busy individuals to stay on top of their finances even while on-the-go.
The HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer is an exciting new entry into the handheld computer market. From Hewlett Packard, the new organizer operates with Geoworks' GEOS(R) operating system. The HP OmniGo 100 organizer offers consumers a complete handheld computing solution with built-in personal financial management tools and HP financial tools (such as the HP 12C financial calculator) for an estimated street price of $349. HP and Geoworks developed the new organizer for versatility with such features as keyboard and pen input capability, and device personalization with a variety of third party applications.
The introduction of Pocket Quicken for the HP OmniGo 100 organizer reinforces Intuit's leading position in mobile financial management. "Users of handheld mobile devices tell us that Pocket Quicken is one of the applications they want first." said Scott Cook, chairman of Intuit Inc. "Consumers want to be able to manage their finances the same way they make their financial decisions -- outside of the home or away from their desk. Pocket Quicken empowers them to organize their finances anytime and anywhere."
Designed specifically for the GEOS operating system, Pocket Quicken for the HP OmniGo 100 organizer provides the same basic account tracking capabilities as the best selling Quicken( personal finance software. However, Pocket Quicken is optimized for the mobile consumer by providing fast and easy data entry and instant access to important financial information. Pocket Quicken also works with Intuit's Pocket Quicken ConnectTM (sold separately) which links Pocket Quicken to Quicken or Quicken ExpensAbleTM, for a complete financial solution. Quicken ExpensAble is a new product just introduced by Intuit that simplifies expense reporting for business travelers.
"Pocket Quicken is a must have application and we are extremely pleased to bundle Pocket Quicken with the new HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer." said Kheng Joo Khaw, general manager of HP's Asia Pacific Personal Computer Division. "Consumers agree that Pocket Quicken is one of the most beneficial applications on our HP 200LX Palmtop PC. Now, HP OmniGo 100 organizer users can experience the same great benefits of on-the-go financial management."
"With Intuit as a Geoworks partner, we have been able to work closely together to ensure that users of GEOS-based devices have easy access to the leading mobile, financial application," said Gordon Mayer, president and CEO of Geoworks. "Pocket Quicken provides the value and functionality essential to the success of handheld computing devices like the HP OmniGo 100 organizer."
Easy to Use - Pocket Quicken works the way people work throughout the day. It was designed around the familiar concept of a wallet. Users simply choose the account they want to use in their "wallet" (credit card, cash, check), then record spending information on an "electronic receipt". Pocket Quicken then automatically records and categorizes the transaction.
Fast and Convenient Data Entry - Pocket Quicken's portability provides a major step in enabling easy data entry. Tracking transactions as they occur, Pocket Quicken users can fill out and categorize an "electronic receipt" as fast as they can write and record a check using a traditional checkbook.
Organizes All Expenses - Pocket Quicken tracks and categorizes all spending, including checking, ATM transactions, credit cards and cash. With Pocket Quicken, users always know where their money goes.
Up-to-the-Minute Information - Pocket Quicken provides instant access to up-to-date financial information. Users can quickly and easily look up account balances, account registers, spending by category and business expense report, whenever and wherever it's convenient.
Business Travel Expense Tracking - Pocket Quicken makes it easy to track business travel expenses. Users can track spending for specific business trips or individual clients. At the end of a trip, they can view a report that contains all the information needed for an expense report.
Pocket Quicken can be used as a standalone personal finance manager with basic report capabilities. Or, for a even more complete financial picture, Pocket Quicken can be used with Pocket Quicken Connect to communicate with desktop versions of Quicken and Quicken ExpensAble. With Pocket Quicken Connect, Pocket Quicken users can take advantage of Quicken's financial insight and management capabilities and Quicken ExpensAble's powerful expense reporting capabilities.
Pocket Quicken - Pocket Quicken for the HP OmniGo 100 organizer is available at no cost with the HP OmniGo 100 handheld organizer and will be available in December, 1995. An insert describing the offer is included in the HP OmniGo 100 organizer box. To reserve a copy of Pocket Quicken, purchasers can call the 800 number located on the insert.
Pocket Quicken Connect - Pocket Quicken Connect for Windows is available for $29.95 and will also ship in December, 1995. For more information on Pocket Quicken Connect for Windows, customers should call 1-800-624-6930.
Intuit, based in Menlo Park, Calif., offers a complete family of financial products. Called the Quicken Financial Solutions, these products are aimed at not only helping people manage finances faster and easier, but also helping people make better, smarter financial decisions. Intuit is the only company to succeed at winning mass consumer adoption of PC financial technologies. It pioneered computerized personal finance management with the introduction of Quicken( in 1984. Today, Quicken is the best selling software application in retail stores. Intuit's QuickBooks( and QuickPayTM are the nation's best selling accounting and payroll software products. Intuit has also led in online services, launching online bill payment in 1990, IntelliCharge( credit card services in 1993 and Quicken Quotes, an online stock quote service in 1994.
The company's popular TurboTax( and MacInTax( software are the nation's best selling tax preparation software, helping small businesses and individuals prepare tax returns and save on taxes. Earlier in 1995, Intuit introduced new financial planning products to help people with future financial decisions: Quicken Financial Planner, Your Mutual Fund Selector, and Quicken Parents' Guide to Money.
Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 99,900 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year.
Founded in 1983, Geoworks develops and markets operating systems and application software for the consumer computing device (CCD) market. CCDs include mobile devices such as electronic organizers, smart phones and mobile companions. Geowork's partners that have adopted GEOS technology include an impressive list of leading manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard Company, Nokia, Toshiba Corp., Brother International Corp., and Canon Business Machines. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California.
Intuit, Quicken, QuickBooks, IntelliCharge, TurboTax, Personal Tax Edge and MacIn Tax are registered trademarks of Intuit Inc. Pocket Quicken, Pocket Quicken Connect, QuickPay, Quicken ExpensAble and ProSeries are trademarks of Intuit Inc. Other products or brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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