QuickBooks Point of Sale 2013 was released on June 5th.  This new version is the successor to QuickBooks Point of Sale 10.0 and has some significant new features. We'll be doing an analysis of the old and new versions and will have a listing of the new features within the next couple of weeks, but these are a few of the known new features:
  • New Name.  Previous versions were denoted by version numbers, while the new version uses the yearly version names.
  • Improved Navigation & User Interface including new logos and icons.
  • The welcome screen now shows a list of improvements, shows help to get started, enables you to add inventory items, and includes help in making your first sale.  It also helps to setup mobile sync and provides links to the live community and other services.
  • Navigator has been updated to be more visually appealing and shows the flow of transactions:
    • Added drop down menus for easier navigation
    • Orders icon now shows how many open orders
    • Notes on right.  Now you can hide them and put them into a list view instead of sticky note view
    • Button shortcuts on left can be customized by user
    • Also have the "I want to" menu on navigator and on transactions
    • Also still have the full top menus
  • Sample company is now again available
  • Practice mode is also now again available
  • Make a Sale:
    • Note on payment window explaining that payments have not been connected yet if merchant account has not been established
  • Mobile sync - this new feature allows a sync with Intuit servers to enable sales using your POS data from mobile devices
    • Adds item and images to Intuit servers for access from mobile devices.  Check items in item screen for mobile sync, and then those items are synced back.
    • Shortest frequency is every 5 minutes to sync
    • Uses GoPayment for access to items
    • Items, and sales receipt will be synced back to QB POS when sale is made. (does not show inventory on hand currently, but they will be adding this in the future)
    • Items created on mobile will sync back
    • NO UPC code sync currently
  • Setup interview
    • Now includes gift cards
    • Faster, Simpler Payments Signup
  • Version protection - you're now able to ensure you receive the new versions by purchasing version protection
Also note that:
  • There are still some screens that have the v9 look, but there are less, and others will be updated in the future.
  • Payments will require a new payments account for use with the new version
    • Previously 16 digit merchant number was entered into preferences after going through application with representative
    • Now everything is done online through a username & password based on an email address.  It will pull in the old merchant account information
    • Mobile sync is enabled through the new account too
    • New payments accounts will have a limit of $15k per month to start