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Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Top 10 Benefits of Microsoft Project 2010

What’s New Top 10 Benefits

Microsoft® Project Professional 2010 delivers a project management system with powerful, visually enhanced ways to

effectively manage a wide range of projects and programs. From meeting crucial deadlines to selecting the right resources and

empowering your teams, Project Professional 2010 helps project management professionals by offering easier and more intuitive

experiences to be more productive and realize amazing results.

Download the Top Benefits.

1. Familiar and intuitive.

The Ribbon makes finding and using your favorite tools simpler with new graphical menus and a familiar experience to help you

easily create and manage projects. Tooltips and contextual guidance provide information and shortcuts so you can accomplish

more in less time. In the new Microsoft® Office Backstage™ view, simply save, share, print, or publish your projects from one


2. Save time and effort.

Save time and effort with familiar and essential functions like text wrapping, filtering, auto-complete, scroll and zoom, and

more. Insert new columns on the fly—data types are readily identified so that you can quickly and effectively organize and

analyze details. Quickly share schedule details through enhanced copy-and-paste, and retain key formatting between Project

2010 and other Microsoft Office applications.

3. Flexible and powerful.

User-controlled scheduling puts you in control and brings together the flexibility and ease of use of a tool like Microsoft

Excel® 2010 and the power of the Project 2010 scheduling engine. Create project schedules at the level of detail that’s right

for your project. Work with summary data initially or shift to a more detailed approach when it’s convenient. Place notes as

reminders of where additional schedule information is needed, or simply add information as it becomes available.

4. Easier to see and share.

With a completely new and visually enhanced timeline view, you’ll have a clearer view of tasks, milestones, and phases. Newly

expanded color palettes and text effects help you make every timeline and plan look their best—and help you to swiftly see

and share important dates and deliverables.

5. At-a-glance.

(Team Planner – Pro only)

See the right mix of people and resources: simply drag tasks to effectively plan work for your entire team and project. The

new Team Planner view in Project Professional 2010 shows resources and work over time, to help you spot problems and resolve

issues. New in Project 2010, the Task Inspector offers additional analysis and intuitive guidance to resolve scheduling

conflicts derived from a task’s attributes and assigned resources, which you can choose to act upon or not.

6. Control and deliver.

Quickly compare budget versus actual versus forecasted values to measure an initiative’s progress with the flexibility of

setting multiple baselines. Create high-level time-phased budgets with user-defined categories for costs and labor. Validate

budgets against bottom-up estimates built by using labor, material, and cost resources. Control project costs by comparing

budgets to completed tasks and forecasted totals. Use built-in earned-value metrics for predictive analysis and integrated

performance management.

7. Evaluate possibilities.

(Inactive Tasks – Pro only)

Often you’ll need to evaluate scenarios and consider options when planning new projects or monitoring ongoing work. Using

inactive tasks, new in Project Professional 2010, you can easily experiment with your project plan and perform what-if

analysis. A simple toggle removes or inserts one or more tasks, along with their effect on the project schedule. Project 2010

also offers more built-in tools to help support what-if analysis and scenario comparison, including multiple-level undo and

change highlighting.

8. Collaborate with others.

(Task Status Updates – Pro only)

Connect your teams by synchronizing with Microsoft SharePoint® Foundation 2010. Using Project Professional 2010, you can

synchronize SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Project Professional 2010 project task status updates for you and your team

members. You can also save your project files to SharePoint Foundation 2010 team sites to communicate plans and collaborate

on progress.

9. Grow capabilities.

(Connect to Project Server 2010 – Pro only)

Realize the power of unified project and portfolio management by combining Project Professional 2010 with Microsoft Project

Server 2010. Together, Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010 create the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management

(EPM) Solution, and deliver end-to-end capabilities to help organizations prioritize investments and optimize resources, gain

control of all types of work, and visualize performance by using powerful dashboards.

10. Enhance performance.

Use the 64-bit options of Project 2010 to enhance performance and support very large projects and programs. Project Standard

2010 and Project Professional 2010 are offered in 32-bit and 64-bit options to support a diverse range of project types and

sizes. 64-bit options take advantage of the expanded memory and optimized capabilities of the latest processors and of the

64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. 64-bit Project Professional 2010 also offers enhanced performance and handles

extremely large project files with ease when connected to Project Server 2010.

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