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.

Pricing starting from:

US$10.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany , United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

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

Pricing starting from:

US$10.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Microsoft Project

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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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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

Features

Total features of Microsoft Project: 40

  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Visualisation
  • File Sharing
  • For Small Businesses
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Issue Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Multiple Projects
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritisation
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Web-based Deployment

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(1,601)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Jacqueline
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  • Industry: Commercial Real Estate
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

All a PM needs

Reviewed on 29/9/2022

I continue to enjoy using this software for my project planning and tracking needs.

I continue to enjoy using this software for my project planning and tracking needs.

Pros

Having been a PM for quite a while, I have dabbled in various softwares for managing my projects. For scheduling and tracking….it’s easy to navigate and easy to see results. I can use it for reporting and share it also.

Cons

There are no perfect softwares but this softwares does satisfies its core intention for a project personel.

Nadeem
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  • Industry: Computer & Network Security
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Project Planning Made Easy

Reviewed on 23/10/2022

It is a beautiful Planning and Scheduling Tool that helps all size of organizations in carrying...

It is a beautiful Planning and Scheduling Tool that helps all size of organizations in carrying out/managing their day 2 day and long term projects.

Pros

If one knows the Planning and Scheduling Concepts, it is extremely easy to use this software to carry out planning/scheduling.

Cons

It has its own proprietary format. Though can be saved as PDF and shared but it would be better if it can be opened directly in different formats.

Alternatives Considered

Primavera Unifier

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Project

It is simpler and less complex. Easy to configure and use.
Rahmat
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Ms Project Is A Top Legendary Project Planning Tool

Reviewed on 16/11/2022

I have utilized Ms Project in managing $100M-$1B EPC projects and succesful of $10K-$27.5M claims.

I have utilized Ms Project in managing $100M-$1B EPC projects and succesful of $10K-$27.5M claims.

Pros

It is the most easiest and lite project planning software. It's direct to the point to start a project plan without complicated initial setup like its competitor.

Cons

Ms Project removed its PERT feature for scheduling risk, less cost control features, progress tracker sometimes unclear, no built in S Curves feature.

Alexia
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  • Industry: Business Supplies & Equipment
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Good for learning project management, but there is better design elsewehere

Reviewed on 4/11/2022

I used Microsoft Project to track the milestones and durations of a small marketing project.

I used Microsoft Project to track the milestones and durations of a small marketing project.

Pros

I like how it is easy to connect with obviously other Microsoft products. Especially with Excel.

Cons

I feel the design of the platform is more complicated than other cloud-based platforms I have tried such as Monday.com. There are fewer colours and much less contrast.

Alternatives Considered

monday.com and Asana
Anurup
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 501-1,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

best tool for design work schedules, monitor project % completion, and maintain control.

Reviewed on 14/6/2022

Microsoft Project helped us develop and approve a base schedule, and link it to later versions to...

Microsoft Project helped us develop and approve a base schedule, and link it to later versions to compare the actual and expected progress of all project work, and it protects the team, especially when preparing claims and calculating delays.

Pros

Microsoft Project has the capabilities to create an integrated project schedule so we can track project expenses, manage human resources, calculate delays, and manage time claims. The development of Microsoft Project and the addition of cloud storage capabilities set it apart from similar applications, simplified the process of sharing updates and engaging additional members to collaborate on setting and tracking schedules. I like the fact how powerful the calculations that Microsoft Project does, especially with regard to Total Float and Free Float, which are great tools to help understand the behavior of different activities, as well as calculations of actual progress against planned progress and other tools that always help in decision-making the appropriate. Because it is integrated with MS Excel, it saves a lot of time and enables us to export and import data easily. I enjoy how easy it is to present resources, costs, and activities, and how the most recent dates appear automatically.

Cons

With proper training and practice, I believe users will be able to easily develop and update software and extract achievement percentages. It's worth noting, that sometimes when you make updates in Microsoft Project with tampering with base table activities, it can be difficult to notice these changes due to the limited capabilities that Microsoft Project provides. To unravel that process, which produces biased analyzes. Microsoft Project reports are, in my opinion, too simplistic and require more improvements to be added.

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Microsoft Project FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Project.

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

Microsoft Project supports the following devices:

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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