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Expo: Intuit prepping native app for Quicken.com users

While Intuit is in the midst of overhauling the Mac version of its Quicken personal finance app, the online version of Quicken is going strong. Quicken.com just underwent a redesign in November, giving users of the online service a simple way to quickly see how much money the had left in a given time period, after accounting for incoming wages and outgoing bills.

It’s a slick-looking Web service, should you get a chance to stop by the Intuit booth at Macworld Expo to give it a look-see. And now, Intuit is planning an iPhone complement to its online service.

We’re not talking an iPhone-friendly Web site that you access via your mobile device’s Safari browser. This is a native app that Intuit is working on that will link up to a Quicken.com account to help users keep tabs on their expenses.

The initial version of the Quicken iPhone app will focus on the basis. It will show users how much they have left to spend, based on money coming in and bills that are scheduled to be paid. Other information in the iPhone interface is aimed at telling you at a glance if you’re running the risk of an overdraft or a low account.

Intuit is hoping to have that initial native iPhone release ready in the next two to three months. Beyond that, the company hopes to incorporate additional features that mirror the Web service’s capabilities—seeing a forecast of bills and paychecks, say, or being able to enter expenses on the go.

If you’re in San Francisco for Macworld Expo, stop by the Intuit booth in Moscone Center’s South Hall to see a demo of the planned iPhone app for Quicken.com as part of an overview of the online personal finance site.

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