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:

$10.00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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.

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English and 10 others, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Pricing starting from:

$10.00/month

  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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

Features

Total features of Microsoft Project: 49

  • Activity Management
  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Burndown Charts
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Visualization Software
  • File Sharing Software
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Heatmaps
  • Issue Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Multiple Projects
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Performance Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Prioritization
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Management Software
  • Project Planning Software
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking Software
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Resource Management Software
  • Risk Management Software
  • Task Management Software
  • Template Management
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Timeline Management
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Visual Analytics

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(1,167)
Value for Money
4/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Support Software
4/5

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Stever jose G.
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  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Be able to have a clear vision, vision and control to make decision

Reviewed on 26/07/2018

Have the possibility to manage the resources, projects carptera from the initiative or idea cycle...

Have the possibility to manage the resources, projects carptera from the initiative or idea cycle to the process and project closure. and the collaboration in external offices with the executors or other leaders is very useful to measure impacts and make decisions.

Pros

Since we implemented it, which is quite easy, it is enough to have a 2010 project server and a professional project for the stations all in collaboration with a sharepoint farm. The implementation process took a couple of months to adjust the configurations and to be able to obtain the greatest possible potential of the solution.
in general we could use the graphs and diagrams in order to measure and make correct decisions to be applied in each case
the collaborative work increased to have a better follow-up of the tasks and be able to finalize or inform some deviation in time of each project
The support of the provider was very specialized for when we had to resort in some cases to the implementation and uses of the platform.
a great functionality was to be able to create project templates without having to go through the process of creating formulas within each file, something that is optional for each use but in ours we had formulas applied to be able to measure specific calculations that we needed.
Roi's early measurements were accurate in a high percentage which helped to clarify the landscape of the project area.

Cons

It is a very expensive solution, for which not all companies are willing to invest, not only in the platform but in the hours of R & D that the team must use to manage it, maintain it and work on the solution.
Another point is that it is not multiplatform and this in the cases that are needed is important to evaluate it or keep it in mind.
It has many features and it is a bit difficult to be an expert because of the number of functionalities that you have and you end up resorting to conventional methods because it is cumbersome to know where to find them.

Ed W.
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  • Industry: Maritime
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

No brainer for Project Management

Reviewed on 27/03/2020

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

Javier D.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Very good tool for Project Management

Reviewed on 20/02/2021

Part of my work is based on the planning of tasks within an adoption plan according to each client....

Part of my work is based on the planning of tasks within an adoption plan according to each client. The use of Microsoft Project is essential to be able to carry out each of the plans according to plan, controlling that there are no deviations and being able to put together executive progress reports.

Pros

Microsoft Project is an excellent tool to divide any type of project into consecutive tasks or not, associated with the person in charge, company or necessary resource. This also allows to have an overview of resource use and task overlap for the same resource and avoid complications early.

Cons

The disadvantage that I see with this software is that it requires an additional license to the Office suite. This should be in the general package.

Gio J.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Easy to access project tool.

Reviewed on 07/01/2017

I use Microsoft's Project to track the individual items that I need to manage for a major project....

I use Microsoft's Project to track the individual items that I need to manage for a major project. The best parts of MS Project are that it evolved into the easiest to use Gant chart generator out there. My personal business calls for me to track several programs at one time and as an Instructional Designer/Architect, I tend to "chunk" projects into smaller, easier to accomplish bites. The Project lets me do that and helps me track my progress in completing the chunks of the larger project that I have to complete. I like that the interface allows me to enter the data about the project into what looks like a spreadsheet. The software then generates a Gant chart and helps me track where I might have finished ahead of schedule or where I might slip if I don't pay attention.

My main gripes about MS Project involve a lack of flexibility. I can't easily rename column headings because they're locked into Microsoft's view of what a project should look like. This is only a minor annoyance. That said, at times I often expect MS Project to behave more like MS Excel where I can manipulate and edit cells with ease, which you can't because the columns are locked to function only one way. Finally, I would like to have row separators that let me know where one project ends and another begins. I do this because I'd like to have a tool that lets me view all my projects in one place. Changing dates is also an annoyance because the date fields always default to the point in time in which you started the project and so if you expect the date fields to default to "today's date", you might have to make adjustments. It would be nice if the date defaulted as expected (today's date).

Tips:
1. You can roughly rename the titles of cells, but the contents will always function according to the locked nature of the cells.
2. If like me, you want to track multiple projects in one MS Project file, simply color code the different projects with the cell highlight function.

Pros

1. Ease of use
2. Fast data entry
3. Visible Gant chart

Cons

1. Columns are locked to function only one way
2. Date fields don't default to today's date
3. No means to separate one project from another

Norzihan I.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Saves time in planning and collaborating project

Reviewed on 28/01/2021

This software has help me and my colleague to create shortcuts to planning, creating and deploying...

This software has help me and my colleague to create shortcuts to planning, creating and deploying project.
The task can be marked with time frame and the system will send notification if the task is still not completed before the due date.

Pros

I really like template that are provided by Microsoft Project, it is highly customized to my project objective and my liking. The feature that i use the most can be pinned on the dashboard interface and keep it organized. Most of the user are using it, and there are no issue to shares the project file to my other colleague and they can open it without any compatibility problem.

Cons

Microsoft Project is quite pricey as we can't subscribe only the Microsoft Project itself, we have to buy all the software on the Microsoft suite to use it. If only they can let user to separately subscribing it, more user can will use it. Other thing that i dislike is, no video tutorial provided to teach user how to use the feature in the software.

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Microsoft Project offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: $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

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Microsoft Project has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

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:

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