QuickBooks Hosting: New Program Tier Announced for QuickBooks Hosting Providers
Intuit’s hosting program for QuickBooks desktop editions allows service providers to legitimately provide hosting services to customers using QuickBooks desktop edition products. For hosts who focus on delivering platforms or who mainly host the applications their customers have already purchased, Intuit has introduce a new tier of hosting authorization much better suited to meet their needs. For these service providers, selling new licenses of QuickBooks software – or renting licenses for QuickBooks – is not a focus, and Intuit has now taken steps to deliver a hosting authorization which addresses this reality.
Where the original top-tier authorization granted the provider with the ability to host and rent QuickBooks licenses, this new authorization reduces the cost of program entry, has far lower volume commitments, and enables hosting providers to legitimately deliver hosted QuickBooks services for customers having their own QuickBooks licenses. Without authorization from Intuit, service providers are essentially participating in unauthorized software distribution of the QuickBooks products, as the simple act of a provider installing QuickBooks software on their system and providing access to an outside customer is a violation of the QuickBooks license terms. Even in cases where the customer already has their QuickBooks licenses and simply want their hosting provider to install and manage that product, the provider and the customer are both out of compliance unless the provider is authorized by Intuit to host the product.