Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project

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Microsoft Project

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6 out of 10
July 12, 2022
Microsoft Project Professional and Microsoft Project Online are being used as the primary project management platform within our project …
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Popular Features

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  • Gantt Charts (104)
    9.0
    90%
  • Scheduling (106)
    8.7
    87%
  • Resource Management (104)
    8.2
    82%
  • Task Management (107)
    8.2
    82%

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Pricing

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Project Plan 1

$10

On Premise
per user/per month

Project Plan 3

$30

On Premise
per user/per month

Project Plan 5

$55

On Premise
per user/per month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Features Scorecard

Project Management

7.6
76%

Professional Services Automation

7.6
76%

Product Details

What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is a project management software. It provides core project management and planning functionality, including agile workflow tools like Gantt charts. The software provides prebuilt workflow and report templates for rapid deployment. Project also enables resource management and planning and integrates with BI tools and other 3rd party programs. It can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise.

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Microsoft Project Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Microsoft Project is a project management software. It provides core PM functionality, including agile workflow support and resource management. Project can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise.

Earliz and Genius Project are common alternatives for Microsoft Project.

Reviewers rate Gantt Charts highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of Microsoft Project are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees) and the Construction industry.

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Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Provides a base line
  • Built in critical path view
  • Complex predecessor relationships
  • Multiple path task chains
  • Ease and Simplicity of using multiple billing rates or seasonality in billing
  • User management is still complicated and time consuming
  • Project deployment can be advanced and require additional configuration instead of out of the box functionality
Fernanda Ministerio | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Review Source
  • Microsoft Project has features that can be customized, as well as its APIs are well documented and allow integration with other tools.
  • Can be customized for agile project management.
  • Its documentation is well done and as it has many users, doubts and problems are easily resolved within the community itself. However, Microsoft's technical support is efficient.
  • it is an old tool that has already improved a lot in its use; however, it needs to be better developed to follow agile projects.
  • Advanced features require training.
  • Reports are not enough.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Adding dependencies between tasks. MS Project allows 4 types of relationships to be built (SS, FS, SF, FF) and adding lag between tasks, so you have the ultimate flexibility to define how tasks are related.
  • Once relationships are defined, MS Project does a good job to highlight/identify the critical path.
  • If you put in the details (resource allocation, task priority), then resource leveling works well.
  • Ability to select specific tasks or summary tasks for the timeline is good to give an overview of the project.
  • Linking tasks between different MS Project files. It can be done, but it's hard to manage and easy to completely break the project plan. We've learned to save multiple versions of the plan in case an external link breaks the project catastrophically.
  • Inability to look at resource loading over multiple projects or multiple project files. This has led us to link multiple files together as a mitigation, which has shortcomings (see above).
  • Network diagram has improved in recent versions, but still limiting. I often use VISIO to create network diagrams instead of MS Project & end up duplicating information.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • One thing it has is good integration with other Microsoft Office products and tools. More than likely most environments will already be using MS products such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, so it makes it easier to integrate documents, files, etc. with Project.
  • It also offers many good tools for communications, which makes it beneficial for those that are using communication tools such as Outlook and Skype.
  • Could be too advanced for those that are new to Project Management software, or those that are just starting out in Project Management. Since MS Project has many tools/features built into the program this can be overwhelming to new users in how to do certain things, or where to find the tool for doing something
  • There is a cost to this software, and if buying standalone licenses it can be expensive. It usually doesn't come bundled with the standard Office 365 suite. This is technically considered an add-on, and if you are on a subscription for the software, it can be cheaper.
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Extremely detailed in planning items.
  • Integrates with MS Planner.
  • Allows for multiple users to use and manager their jobs.
  • Properly manages resources.
  • Can be overwhelming to new users.
  • Can get lost in the details and miss the big planning picture.
  • Requires a lot of training.
Madison Sophia Bennett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • The ability to diagram specific aspects of each project or task
  • The ease of execution
  • Ability to make modifications (assignments, dates, schedules, diagrams, monitoring)
  • Has some limitations related to performance in areas of visual analysis
  • The configuration is not the simplest--the use is perfect, but after configuring it
Sasha Brito | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • I love the Gantt Chart that Microsoft Project offers me, because it provides me with a view from various aspects, it provides me with exact details about the fulfillment of tasks over a period of time, it also allows me to make comparisons with the necessary data and the fulfilled data. by the employees, in order to know exactly if the project's expectations have been met.
  • I love the Gantt Chart that Microsoft Project offers me, because it provides me with a view from various aspects, it provides me with exact details about the fulfillment of tasks over a period of time, it also allows me to make comparisons with the necessary data and the fulfilled data by the employees, in order to know exactly if the project's expectations have been met.
  • The alert system for the fulfillment and delay of assignments is perfect. Microsoft Project allows me to configure the task system, I can assign the necessary tasks to fulfill the project, and the software alerts me immediately if the managers are fulfilling the assignments.
  • The main drawback encountered while using Microsoft Project is that it does not allow me to modify the template or the general user design. For me, the UI that this software has is quite simple, and I would like to apply different templates or modify the layout of my MS Project workspace, currently it is not possible.
  • Sometimes the software crashes suddenly, throwing an error code, and the software closes immediately. This has happened to me when I am going through the detailed reports on my gantt chart, it is not something that affects me that much, but I think they should fix it.
  • I have not had any other problems with Microsoft Project, it has been an exemplary software that has helped me to maintain a very good project planning in general.
Javier Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • DETAILED PLANNING ON LARGE SCALE/COMPLEX PROJECTS. Task interactions dependencies.
  • Very detailed resource management. You're able to track across the projects the utilization of all of your resources.
  • Powerful cost management. You can track costs for your resources, for your individual tasks, and quickly update any additional cost requirements for the projects, map those costs against your budget and get a detailed report of your burn rate to mitigate possible budget risks.
  • Complexity. With great power and flexibility comes a high level of complexity that makes some of the more advanced features very difficult to use on a day-to-day basis. i.e. being able to get several calendars integrated into a project for different kinds of resources is great but it takes a long time to get a handle on that and make it work for you.
  • Unless you have an MS Project Server setup and all of the team members licensed with an MS Project Account working on a project are limited to those PMs and collaborators with a full license even for minor updates.
  • The tools to present projects to other team members and present updates have not been updated to reflect the needs of the current PM, every view and presentation has to be manually cured to be presentable to the board and that is a very time consuming process.
  • Changing status, colors or updating items automatically based on dates or other tasks is out of the question unless you really have a full set of VBA knowledge and the time to make it happen.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Gantt chart and tasks planning
  • Tasks dependencies and delay impacts
  • Shared resources management
  • Project timeline visualisation
  • Hidden costs can rise very quickly (licencing, training...)
  • Not available inline and not included in Office 365
  • Old fashioned and not intuitive to use
Quratulain Habib, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Project planning
  • Baseline measurement
  • Resource allocation
  • Useful report templates
  • Geared towards waterfall projects
  • Complicated to use/learn.
  • Clunky interface for report creation & modification.
  • Difficult to integrate with email and/or Sharepoint to send team alerts.
Russell Voigt, PE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Fairly simple in function and does not overwhelm you with too many details--as simple or as detailed as you wish to use it
  • It might be the most common scheduling tool in construction and, therefore, does not require much of a learning curve for employees to be trained
  • The appearance of the exported deliverables can be finely tuned to your needs or your clients' needs
  • The user interface is a bit outdated but still perfectly functional
  • Printing schedules--can be tricky to get the view that you want and often requires a creative workaround to get the look you want
  • Editing your schedule from the gantt chart activities is not as easy, as Microsoft Project is more geared toward the edits from the table view, which can be challenging for visual learners
January 21, 2020

Microsoft Project

Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source
  • Links tasks
  • Shows Gantt chart
  • Some of the logic can get messed up.
  • It isn't as intuitive as other Microsoft products.