What is Microsoft Project?

"Microsoft Project is Project Portfolio Management solution, offered with Office 365 suite."

Microsoft Project helps enterprises manage project portfolio and business programs, with its powerful on-premises solution.

It offers customized and visually builds up business management platform for small enterprises, teams, and big brands. Users can consolidate projects, resources, and portfolios, keep track of activities and organize its business.

Microsoft Project enables its users to pick most appropriate resources and engage office team. Another distinguished feature of this solution is projected collaboration, with ability to add new assignments to individuals and teams or reexamining the composition of a project


Microsoft Project scored 89/100 in the Project Management category. This is based on user satisfaction (73/100), press buzz (70/100), and other relevant information on Microsoft Project gathered from around the web.

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Microsoft Project Review

Editors' Review by the Project Management Software Review Team

An overview of Microsoft’s Project management software solution

Microsoft Project is a software solution for individual and team projects and project portfolio management (PPM). It is a project management solution designed for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and organizations frequently engaged in collaborative projects.

This project management software features a wide range of programs that allow project managers and team members to efficiently access project schedules, perform assigned tasks and monitor activity and progress on ongoing projects.

Microsoft Project at a glance

The software solution developed by Microsoft comes with project scheduling—among other features—which enables team leaders and project managers to define specific tasks on projects, assign those tasks to team members and then monitor the progress of those assignments.

In addition to project scheduling, Microsoft Project also has project budgeting functions. This helps project leads and managers to establish a more feasible estimate of the entire cost associated with planned or upcoming projects.

Microsoft Project also has an “Earned Value Analytics” feature, which enables users to conduct earned value analysis as well as get an estimate of the cost performance of the projects assigned to them. Other features that come with the software solution include built-in templates, scheduling tools and access to the service from any device.

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Microsoft Project and Its benefits

Microsoft Project is a software solution ideal for businesses and organizations looking to find better and more efficient ways to accomplish projects, boost productivity for the entire team and manage tasks and team collaborations more effectively.

This particular solution is designed to minimize the complexities that often come with team project management—especially when it’s a collaborative effort. It has features that allow project leaders to be more effective as leaders and features that enable team members to be more focused and productive when tackling assigned tasks.

Project management

Microsoft Project helps users get started with their projects quickly and execute the tasks assigned to them efficiently. With built-in templates, scheduling tools that are already familiar to most users and easy access to the service across multiple devices, project managers and team leaders can rest easy in knowing there is a program capable of helping them get the job done.

  • Built-in templates – Customizable templates are readily available to help teams get started on a project the right way.
  • Project planning – Gantt charts and pre-populated pulldown menus are just a few of the familiar features that help to simplify the project planning process.
  • Multiple timelines – View and share all project tasks and upcoming deadlines with customizable timelines for representing specific data.
  • Creative reporting – Access and share activity and progress reports across your team members and project stakeholders to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Portfolio management

In addition to managing projects effectively, Microsoft Project also allows users to evaluate and optimize the management process of their portfolio. The software solution lets you prioritize tasks and initiatives so you get to achieve your project goals and objectives much easier and faster.

  • Portfolio optimization – Easily create different portfolio scenarios to help decision makers establish the best and most practical strategic approach.
  • Seamless BI integration – Tools like Power BI Pro and Excel are integrated into the system seamlessly to help users get a greater perspective across portfolios.
  • Systematic project evaluation – Evaluate project proposals systematically and get the best project ideas off the ground quickly.

Resource management

With a set of resource management tools at your disposal, you can get a better understanding of how company resources are being used to accomplish projects. Collaborate on specific projects using integrated tools to help simplify tasks and time management.

  • Integrated collaboration solution – Integrated productivity tools like Skype not just to enhance communication but to improve collaboration among team members.
  • Systematic resource requests – Utilize the Resource Engagements function to send out requests and lock in resources, ensuring projects are always worked on by qualified personnel.
  • Robust resource analytics – Perform comprehensive resource comparisons and utilize built-in reports to effectively monitor progress and address any pressing concerns.

Microsoft Project pricing plans

There are two pricing solutions to choose from; cloud-based solutions and on-premise solutions, both have different pricing plans.

Cloud-based solutions pricing plan:

Project Online Professional – $30 per user per month (Free trial available)

  • Fully installed and updated project application for up to 5 PCs
  • SharePoint task sync
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Reporting and business intelligence
  • Publish projects to the cloud
  • Project resources management

Project Online Premium – $55 per user per month (Free trial with a partner available)

  • All Project Pro features
  • Portfolio selection and optimization
  • Demand management
  • Enterprise resource planning and management
  • Out-of-the-box portfolio reports

Project Online Essentials – Add-on module for project team members ($7 per user per month)

On-Premise solutions pricing lan:

Project Standard – $589.99

  • Fully installed project application for one PC only
  • Project scheduling and costing
  • Task management
  • Reporting and business intelligence

Project Professional – $1,159.99

  • All Project Standard features
  • Resource management
  • SharePoint task sync
  • Project online and project server sync

Contact Microsoft or visit their website for additional information about the pricing plans and other optional subscription packages.

The verdict

Microsoft Project offers functional and agile project management solutions. It is equipped with a wide variety of tools and applications to boost productivity and efficiency for decision makers, project managers, team leaders and their respective members.

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Microsoft Project Product Overview

  • Project scheduling & costing

  • Manage tasks

  • Reporting & business intelligence

  • Access from virtually anywhere

  • Give effective presentations

  • Select optimal portfolios

  • Deliver projects successfully

  • Project Portfolio Management

  • Communicate in real time

  • Discover and share information


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Microsoft Project Features

  • 2-Factor Authentication
  • API
  • Batch Permissions & Access
  • Budgeting
  • Calendar Management
  • Contact Management
  • Contact Sharing
  • Customer Management
  • Dashboard
  • Data Export
  • Data Import
  • Data Visualization
  • Email Integration
  • Expense Tracking
  • External Integrations
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt Charts
  • Google Apps Integration
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Multi-User
  • Notifications
  • Project Management
  • Scheduling
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Scheduling/Tracking
  • Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons
  • Travel Management
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Microsoft Project Pricing Plans

Cloud-Based Project Online Essentials

$7.20
1 user(s) / month
  • Update tasks
  • Submit timesheets
  • Collaborate
  • SharePoint task sync

Cloud-Based Project Online Professional

$30.50
1 user(s) / month
  • Fully installed, up-to-date Project application on up to 5 PCs
  • Update tasks
  • Submit timesheets
  • Collaborate
  • SharePoint task sync
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Reporting and business intelligence
  • Publish projects to the cloud
  • Manage project resources

Cloud-Based Project Online Premium

$56.00
1 user(s) / month
  • Fully installed, up-to-date Project application up to 5 PCs
  • Update tasks
  • Submit timesheets
  • Collaborate
  • SharePoint task sync
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Reporting and business intelligence
  • Publish projects to the cloud
  • Manage project resources
  • Portfolio selection and optimization
  • Demand management
  • Plan and manage enterprise resources
  • Out-of-the-box portfolio reports

On-Premises Project Professional

$1,285.00
Licence
  • Fully installed Project application on 1 PC only
  • Project scheduling & costing
  • Manage tasks
  • Reporting & business intelligence
  • Collaborate with Skype for Business presence
  • Resource management
  • SharePoint task sync
  • Project Online & Project Server sync
  • Submit timesheets

On-premises Project Standard

$757.00
Licence
  • Fully installed Project application on 1 PC only
  • Project scheduling & costing
  • Manage tasks
  • Reporting & business intelligence

Plans starting from: $7.20/month Credit card required: No

Microsoft Project FAQs

Does Microsoft Project offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

Yes, there is available team work capacity.

Does Microsoft Project integrate with any other apps?

Microsoft Project integrates with: Skype, MS Office, Procore, HeavyBid, Wrike, WorkOtter, Project Doctor, Wimi, Celoxis, GenieBelt, Premier, Intellect, Meisterplan, and more.

What is Microsoft Project generally used for?

This service is used for project portfolio management (PPM).

What are some applications Microsoft Project is commonly used in tandem with?

It is mostly used in tandem with other MS software.

What platforms does Microsoft Project support?

Windows.

Does Microsoft Project offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

Support offered: Phone Support, Live Chat, Training, Troubleshooting, Community.

Who are the main user groups of Microsoft Project?

Users of Microsoft Project are businesses of all sizes, public administration, non-profits.

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Microsoft Project User Reviews

Average User Rating:
3.64/5 based on 8 user ratings.
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Useful to organize and plan your projects.

// 3D Animator at General Motors

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

It has very well designed tools to plan projects, it seems to me that the functions of the gantt chart, calendar and critical route work correctly to develop each task in stages and phases in an orderly manner and with estimated times.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

It is not at all pleasant its interface, it is nothing graphic, linking tasks and times is a complex action, linking tasks with the calendar should be easier, some commands are useless.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

It is efficient to organize and plan the design projects in the office, its departmental use allows us to classify each task of each project and the estimated time of development, that way we have a line of work time ordered and classified by phases of the project.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
3/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
2/5
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A robust tool for project management. I recommend it.

// Líder de Proyectos at Plataforma de Comunicaciones Platcomm - Cibersys

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

Managing time and money effectively is impressible for any organization. In this sense, Microsoft Project is a useful tool that allows you to apply project management methodology for the monitoring and control of resources. This tool allows you to load activities, apply hierarchies, assign resources (people and equipment), calculate costs, calculate deviations, create reports, among others.

It is a great tool. I recommend it.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

It allows the control of the project in an efficient way, however, it is not the best tool if you want to measure the productivity of each resource.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

As a project engineer at Platcomm-Cibersys, it is vital to follow up and control the projects in my charge. Specifically, for the area of telecommunications and infrastructure for which I work, microsoft project has given the expected results. In that sense, I feel very satisfied with the tool.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
5/5
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software for project management

// Group Brand Manager at Publix Super Markets

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

In my particular opinion it is a great advantage to have this software, since it allows organizing the information about the allocation of time to the tasks, the associated costs and the resources, both work and materials, of the project so that the deadlines without exceeding the budget and thus achieve the objectives set.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

Currently, there are a lot of these tools on the market, so there is a lot of competition. In my opinion, it is somewhat difficult to manage for non-expert users. And when I come across a tool like Project and I know that this is from the Office family, the first thing that comes to my mind is that "It's just as easy as Word or Excel", but what is my surprise when when opening this program the first thing I see is a completely strange menu to what I usually see in Office.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

It is an efficient and flexible project management tool that can be used to control simple or complex projects. It has helped me to schedule and track all activities to monitor their progress. I consider that it is a fundamental instrument to carry out a successful project, having this program is a great benefit for any company, since it allows to carry out a project with a lot of organization, giving the facility that the members of said project can access and update their actions, managements, the percentage of the achievements of the activities, etc.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
4/5
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Excellent tool for managing projects quickly and efficiently

// Senior Project Manager at IKEA Group

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

It is easy to learn, the level of difficulty of use is quite low, it allows you to organize the times and tasks of each project in a very graphic way by means of the Gant diagram and the time scale, so you will link each activity to an estimated time of duration, having such a graphic interface you can expose other colleagues the processes and stages of the project without much difficulty

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

Linking and opting for critical routes is much more complicated than expected, with the result that you can use the most useful of what can be done more explicitly.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

It is very easy and useful to manage several projects in parallel, in this way we estimate the times that the different designs of furniture must take according to their complexity and use, in addition we have a relation of time of production and tasks carried out, being able to share the information and the status of each stage of the project with other colleagues.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
4/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
3/5
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organizes and plans a project in an integrated way

// Gerente de proyecto at Atelier Visual C.A

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

his learning is very intuitive with a very simple interface, it helps to organize the times and the tasks of a project easily and quickly, it is very professional to use it in the construction sector and architecture.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

some commands and tools are confusing, in some cases you can perform the same function with two different commands as in the action of linking tasks, that makes it take more time to understand the function and use of all the commands.
other more complex programs can offer you a much more professional result.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

it is used in the area of ​​programming and project management, it is very useful for the task of organizing the phases of the projects and the duration of each one, thus maintaining a professional and precise control over the status of each architectural project and their level of development.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
3/5
Value for money
4/5
Customer service
3/5
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This solution is an easy-to-use solution that helps manage projects.

// Specjalista ds. zakupów at Stock Polska

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

I think that the interface is very intuitive. The charts are great. A good tool for effective project management.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

I think that Microsoft PPM is a good tool but the price is too high and the purchase for all employees who want to use it is difficult.


Usefulness
5/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Customer service
5/5
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Microsoft Project has the features that everyone needs.

// Co CEO at E*TRADE

What do you like about Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is really important for me, this platform I like because it offers me the features that I need in my company for the development of projects, here I am offered with endless work solutions and pre-designed templates with excellent UI for that the projects are much more accurate. In prospective, I like Microsoft Project because its way of doing projects is much more professional and adapts to any business area.

What do you dislike about Microsoft Project?

The problem with Microsoft Project is that buying it is extremely expensive, it is even the most expensive program for projects on the market, so I would recommend that prices be lowered a little so that more companies can access better plans that they offer.

What have you been using it for and what problems did Microsoft Project solve?

Currently there are many benefits that I am having with the Microsoft Project platform, since every day, it is easier for me to do the projects and with the pre-designed templates I have been able to present projects with a relatively high quality.


Usefulness
4/5
Ease of use
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Customer service
3/5
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