Microsoft Project gets a refresh

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Microsoft are making changes to the “Project experience” to make it easier to use. They say this new Project is “designed to be both simple and powerful, so anyone can get started quickly and take control of any project right away”, with a more intuitive user interface – certainly something Project could do with in my opinion! Not surprisingly, there’s a fair amount of integration with Teams and Power BI.

As part of this, there are new/changed product names too. Project Online Professional is now Project Plan 3, while Project Online Premium is Project Plan 5. Added to the lineup is Project Plan 1 – an entry level SKU which doesn’t include many of the features nor a desktop client. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, Plan 1 means for the future of Planner.

Project Plan 1 features –

You can see Microsoft’s announcement here, and check out the features and pricing for the Project Plans here.

Microsoft Project Edition Comparison

Microsoft Project is a very popular, industry wide Project Planning tool that comes in 2 basic forms, Standard Edt and Professional Edt. As with most Microsoft products, there are various differences between the 2 versions that can make all the difference when deciding which one to buy for you & your company.

One of the main differences is collaboration. Standard is a stand alone product for Project Managers that do not need to collaborate and work with others on projects; while Project Pro allows people to collaborate across enterprises via Project Server (which is a separate product).

The Microsoft Comparison Chart shows the features of the different versions (including Web Access) side by side to help make your decision a little easier.

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