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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 7.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Microsoft Project ranks higher in 1 feature set: Project Management
  • ActiveCollab and Microsoft Project are tied in 1 feature set: Professional Services Automation

Project Management

7.4

ActiveCollab

74%
7.6

Microsoft Project

76%
ActiveCollab ranks higher in 8/14 features

Task Management

9.0
90%
11 Ratings
8.2
82%
107 Ratings

Resource Management

7.0
70%
7 Ratings
8.2
82%
104 Ratings

Gantt Charts

8.8
88%
6 Ratings
9.0
90%
104 Ratings

Scheduling

6.3
63%
10 Ratings
8.7
87%
106 Ratings

Workflow Automation

7.0
70%
1 Rating
6.9
69%
83 Ratings

Team Collaboration

8.0
80%
12 Ratings
6.9
69%
96 Ratings

Support for Agile Methodology

7.0
70%
7 Ratings
6.3
63%
80 Ratings

Support for Waterfall Methodology

7.0
70%
1 Rating
8.5
85%
80 Ratings

Document Management

8.1
81%
7 Ratings
6.7
67%
77 Ratings

Email integration

8.4
84%
8 Ratings
6.9
69%
82 Ratings

Mobile Access

3.0
30%
9 Ratings
6.7
67%
68 Ratings

Timesheet Tracking

9.9
99%
8 Ratings
7.6
76%
73 Ratings

Change request and Case Management

8.8
88%
7 Ratings
7.7
77%
63 Ratings

Budget and Expense Management

5.9
59%
6 Ratings
7.5
75%
83 Ratings

Professional Services Automation

7.5

ActiveCollab

75%
7.5

Microsoft Project

75%
ActiveCollab ranks higher in 2/4 features

Quotes/estimates

6.9
69%
7 Ratings
7.5
75%
54 Ratings

Invoicing

6.9
69%
6 Ratings
7.5
75%
46 Ratings

Project & financial reporting

8.4
84%
6 Ratings
8.2
82%
74 Ratings

Integration with accounting software

7.9
79%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
50 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Microsoft Project is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

ActiveCollab

80%
12 Ratings
8.2

Microsoft Project

82%
108 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCollab

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Project

100%
2 Ratings

Usability

ActiveCollab

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Microsoft Project

80%
6 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

ActiveCollab

71%
6 Ratings
8.2

Microsoft Project

82%
70 Ratings

Implementation Rating

ActiveCollab

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0

Microsoft Project

50%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well 1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well 1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












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Microsoft

Microsoft Project is the perfect platform for medium and large companies. I do not recommend this software for small businesses, because all its functions in the work plans are high cost and this would cause the small business to not perform well in the use of MS Project in the long term. It is very easy to use software, it allows adding, modifying and eliminating all kinds of assignments and tasks for all employees, it allows monitoring the progress of all projects in real time and it also shows the gaps in the planned project. It has a very good performance, it does not take up many computer resources and all the information is stored in sync with the Office 365 service. It occasionally has crashing problems, but this is something that does not affect users as much.
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Pros

ActiveCollab

  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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Microsoft

  • It is part of Office365 subscription. The look and feel is similar to other tools like excel. Helps in creating project plans, Gantt charts, work break down structures etc.
  • Helps in resource allocation and tracking the projects. There is an option to use it to capture timesheets too.
  • Helps project managers in producing weekly status reports and integrates well with other collaboration tools like Skype, sharepoint etc.
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Cons

ActiveCollab

  • Does not maintain default categories for tasks
  • Makes information difficult to share with others not on AC
  • Relies on other people to track their time correctly in categories for estimates
  • Mobile app is very hard to use and not user-friendly if you are working with multiple projects
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  • Seems overly complicated for users sometimes in using Project and its functionalities
  • Hard to share files for those folks who do not have MS Project, and then have to print out for them
  • Can be confusing since it looks and feels like MS Excel
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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

Starting Price

$7 per member/per month

Editions & Modules

ActiveCollab editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Self-Hosted Plan$999.001
ActiveCollab Project Management$7.002

Footnotes

  1. license
  2. per member/per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

Optional $6.25

Additional Details

Microsoft Project

Starting Price

$10 per user/per month

Editions & Modules

Microsoft Project editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Project Plan 1101
Project Plan 3302
Project Plan 5553

Footnotes

  1. per user/per month
  2. per user/per month
  3. per user/per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCollab

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

I like using Microsoft Project. It simplifies building a schedule
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Usability

ActiveCollab

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

Microsoft Project was for many years the reference tool when you were talking about project management software, even if it has some gaps. However, in the last several years, other tools emerged and covered those gaps and are getting more and more users. Microsoft needs to keep up with the trends as they did with adding Project Server. However, that needs a significant rework.
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Support Rating

ActiveCollab

We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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Microsoft

I’m giving MS Project an 8 because in general this is a solid scheduling program. It’s definitely designed with the professional in mind, and they have done well preparing the program to integrate with their other Microsoft products. The program is a workhorse so if you have serious scheduling needs then I would highly recommend MS Project.
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Implementation Rating

ActiveCollab

No answers on this topic

Microsoft

I wasn't part of it so I don't know
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveCollab

ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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Microsoft

While many of the above tools are extremely well-versed, Microsoft Project's largest advantage comes from it being related to the largest business productivity company in the world. Project does have its sharing limitations - but regardless, offers one of the most robust tools in the market today. Microsoft Project is built with large-scale projects in mind but is more than up to the task for smaller projects as well. However, there are options available (especially cloud-based options) that may be more fitting for higher-level projects that do not require going into the weeds.
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Return on Investment

ActiveCollab

  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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Microsoft

  • Project saved me, as the project manager, countless hours of digging through tickets and schedules to plan everything out. It also saved me time in adjusting the project triangle as needed, since it does so much automatically.
  • It is costly, and since it requires extensive training to master, it's not just the high licensing cost that you need to take into account.
  • The reporting features - even just printing out Gantt charts - makes it far easier to communicate with stakeholders. That means less time for PMs doing all of this manually, and it means less follow-up questions and delays moving forward.
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