Microsoft Project (MSP) is a project management software. This project made for managers to control their projects. Microsoft Project lets you plan projects, assign tasks, manage resources, make reports and more.
It offers a full plate of services. It is quick to dominate the project management software. Microsoft Project is part of the larger suite of Microsoft Office products. However, it is not packaged with other Office software. Such as Word, Excel and Outlook. There are two Microsoft Project editions available, the standard and professional versions. Both have a unique file format, called MPP.
8 Major features of Microsoft Project 2019
- Quick Access Toolbar: The Quick Access toolbar, above and to the left of the Ribbon.
- Ribbon tab: The Ribbon tabs organize commands based on a particular type of activity. For example, if you’re working with resources, you’ll likely find the command or setting. Whatever you want.
- Ribbon: The Ribbon provides easy access to the most commonly used tools and commands. When you change tabs, the available tools on the Ribbon change.
- Group: A group is a set of related commands or choices on the Ribbon. For example, to format text in a cell on the sheet, find the formatting information. Then you need in the Font group on the Task tab of the Ribbon.
- Timeline: Microsoft Project Timeline provides an overview of the entire project. A graphical view of the project from start to finish. You have the option of showing the Timeline or hiding it.
- Sheet: Similar to a spreadsheet, the sheet displays the data in the project. The default fields change depending on the Ribbon tab you’re working in. So that you can customize the columns and fields in the sheet to meet your needs.
- Chart: Microsoft Project chart is a graphical depiction of the information on the sheet. Depending on the view or Ribbon tab, you see. You might also see a bar chart depicting a task’s duration or a resource histogram showing resource usage.
- Status bar: Microsoft Project status bar, at the bottom of the Project window. It has information on views and zoom level on the right. And information on how newly entered tasks are scheduled on the left.
8 benefits of Microsoft Project:
- Use built-in templates to get a head start on your project. Microsoft Project templates are prebuilt plans for a typical business project. As a commercial construction, an engineering project, a new product rollout, software development, or an office move.
- Organize your project by phase, deliverable, geography, or any other method. The outline format allows you to elaborate on the information progressively.
- Determine costs by your chosen method. Examples are time period, resource type, deliverable, or cost type.
- Organize resources by resource type. Level your resources to avoid overallocation or determine the impact on a task’s duration based on a change in resources.
- Calculate costs and timing based on your input. You can quickly calculate what-if scenarios to solve resource conflicts, maintain costs within your budget. Or meet a deliverable deadline.
- Use views and reports with the click of a button. A wealth of information is now available to you — and those you report to. You no longer have to build a report on total costs manually.
- Easy to use. The software should be an enabler and not get in the way of actual work.
- No need for a specific method. Support the company’s preferred method of breaking down any project. Making schedules, allocating people and managing budgets.
The newest version is Microsoft Project 2019, which runs only on Windows 10. There are three Microsoft Project pricing plans for cloud-based solutions. The lowest tier with an annual commitment of $10 per user per month. It has limited features and doesn’t include such essential tools as reporting, timesheet submission and resource management.
The next pricing tier is $30 per user, per month, with an annual commitment. And it does include some of the features not available at the lower pricing tier. But not portfolio selection and optimization, demand management or enterprise resource planning and management.
Finally, there’s the top tier payment plan of $55 per user, per month, with an annual commitment. This version has all the bells and whistles but can become prohibitively expensive depending on the number of licenses you need.
There is also an on-premise solution of Microsoft Project. It offers a three-tier plan for payment. $620 for Project Standard 2019, $1,030 for Project Professional 2019 (both of which cover only one PC per person). And a Project Server—which requires a quote for accurate pricing.