About Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project helps businesses plan projects and collaborate with one another from anywhere using tools such as task assignment, due-date tracking, dependency configuration, scheduling, business intelligence integration, and more. The solution helps users to streamline projects, resources, and portfolio management with integrated planning tools for project tracking. It is a flexible solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work, delivered through Office 365.

Project helps users execute projects using tools including built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access to projects across devices to help project managers and teams stay productive. Businesses can evaluate and optimize project portfolios through seamless integration with Power BI, which provides advanced analytics and built-in reports.

Users can gain insight into how resources are used with features for resource management such as visual heat maps of capacity and resource usage, and robust resource analytics. With simplified task and time management, teams can enter updates from anywhere, offering greater executive oversight and facilitating global collaboration. The Project platform allows teams to utilize methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall, depending on their workflows and needs.


Key benefits of Microsoft Project

• Utilize the timeline functionality to visualize projects. The Team Planner allows users to view what’s coming up in the future and anticipate changes or potential problems.

• Enhance collaboration with the ability to copy project information to Office applications such as PowerPoint or email and save important plans and details to Office 365 or SharePoint.

• Setup projects and assign team members to them, set start and finish dates, add dependencies, and define durations.

• Integrate Project with Microsoft Power BI to create interactive dashboards based on project metrics and drill down on performance.

• Manage Agile projects within Microsoft Project using Scrum and Kanban boards, as well as custom workflows and methodologies.


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Microsoft Project Software - Built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access across devices help project managers and teams stay productive
Microsoft Project Software - Evaluate and optimize the project portfolio to prioritize initiatives
Microsoft Project Software - Gain insight into how resources are used, and collaborate using integrated tools
Microsoft Project Software - Built-in, customizable templates use industry best practices
Microsoft Project Software - Use tools like Power BI Pro to gain insights across portfolios
Microsoft Project Software - Use Resource Engagements to request and lock in resources, so projects are always properly staffed
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Microsoft Project Software - Built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access across devices help project managers and teams stay productive
Microsoft Project Software - Evaluate and optimize the project portfolio to prioritize initiatives
Microsoft Project Software - Gain insight into how resources are used, and collaborate using integrated tools
Microsoft Project Software - Built-in, customizable templates use industry best practices
Microsoft Project Software - Use tools like Power BI Pro to gain insights across portfolios
Microsoft Project Software - Use Resource Engagements to request and lock in resources, so projects are always properly staffed
Microsoft Project Software - Project Management Tool

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Andrés J
Andrés J
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Good alternative, but a bit pricey

Reviewed on 21/9/2021

As an experienced user, I've never had any major issue. The bottom line is that it works, and it...

As an experienced user, I've never had any major issue. The bottom line is that it works, and it does its job. I just wish they will upgrade the experience, in regards to interface design.

Pros

For many years, it was the de facto software for project management and if you were in the field, you had to use it. So many older users like me, use it mostly because of this reason.

Besides that, it's well designed and a solid alternative. For experienced users, is one of the best tools in the market. And in this case, it's quite easy to start a new project.

Cons

It looks like Microsoft Project got stuck in time. Newer alternatives are easier to use, and the design is prettier. Microsoft Project like other Office apps, are just to boxed into the Office style apps. In other words, it lacks innovations and doesn't help the users' creativity.

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Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Project

Many years ago, it was the de facto project management tool, so I didn't have many options. And I got hooked and have been a user since then.
Ed
Ed
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  • Industry: Maritime
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

No brainer for Project Management

Reviewed on 27/3/2020

Handles most of my large projects and allows easy reporting to people. Used for years now and...

Handles most of my large projects and allows easy reporting to people. Used for years now and don't plan on changing. Done a few online courses to learn to use it properly and well worth it.

Pros

The leading software in Project Management. Used for a few years now and it allows me to input everything i need to run projects, execute them and then monitor. incorporates all the principles of PM WBS, critical path, leads and lags. Cost management is also a worth while feature allowing you to monitor costs in detail or quick look to see current status.

Cons

Not the best for collaborative working if other staff are not trained properly. I think this is more of a company specific problem where staff are included in projects and data in put but not necessarily trained in PM

Chris
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organisation Management
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

I want to like this product as it has potential, but...

Reviewed on 26/5/2022

This product has so much potential if they could resolve the bugs, interface, and integration with...

This product has so much potential if they could resolve the bugs, interface, and integration with other Microsoft software. It truly could be a one-stop product if they could dial this in.

Pros

This product is incredibly affordable, especially when it comes with the entire Microsoft Suite. It also is familiar when compared to other Microsoft products.

Cons

Unfortunately, this product feels dated and clunky. It's visually not as appealing as other project management software and is the least intuitive in design. This product also is riddled with bugs that prevent tasks/projects from updating or saving properly, which can be devastating to an entire team. Additionally, this product is very clunky when integrating with other products, especially with other Microsoft software, which is genuinely disappointing.

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Humberto
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  • Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Project visualization and monitoring

Reviewed on 9/1/2024

For me it is the best tool for project management, it allows great visibility of the same and...

For me it is the best tool for project management, it allows great visibility of the same and provides the necessary versatility for the different types of projects that can be managed in the professional field, it has allowed me to efficiently manage resources, costs and generate benefits in the projects I have managed.

Pros

The visibility and detailed monitoring you get from the tool when managing projects, the great resource management and project costs that can be managed.

Cons

I saw very few disadvantages within the implementation process and use of the tool, so I refrain from indicating any as it is an exceptional product for project management.

ELENA
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  • Industry: Oil & Energy
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The PM´s right hand

Reviewed on 3/8/2021

I started using MP in the 90´s when joined a consulting company. It was amazing to learn we had a...

I started using MP in the 90´s when joined a consulting company. It was amazing to learn we had a software to manage the diverse aspects of a project and have a visual-real time control, it helped the team to keep focused on objectives.

Pros

MP facilitates the PM´s job and makes easier for the team to keep focused in the main activities, overall progress and resourses optimization. It is also flexible to manage small, medium and big prjects. MP demands time and effort to become an expert but the results makes it cost worth.

Cons

The learning curve is long and steeped. It demands a formal training to learn how to use at full capacity . Most people learn the basic but miss the opportunity to benefit plenty. It is also costly because requires an additional license to the Office suite.

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Microsoft Project FAQs

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Microsoft Project offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$10.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Project Plan 1: $10.00 user/month Project Plan 3: $30.00 user/month Project Plan 5: $55.00 user/month Project Standard 2019: $620 (one-time license) Project Professional 2019: $1030 (one-time license)

Microsoft Project has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Microsoft Project supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

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Microsoft Project integrates with the following applications:

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft SharePoint, Skype for Business

Microsoft Project offers the following support options:

FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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