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An Overview of Project 2010
Introducing Project 2010
In the Project 2010 client release, weíve concentrated on making it easier to get started, easier to plan, and easier to report. This post gives a few quick highlights of Project 2010 and you can find more detailed posts on the Project teamís official blog.
Easier to Get Started
One of the first things youíll notice is that the menus and toolbars have been replaced by the Office Fluent UI, which makes frequently used commands easier to find. Here is the Task tab of the Project ribbon:
Additionally, weíve improved copy/paste so now when you paste a bulleted list into Project, we maintain the hierarchy and formatting. Also, take note of task 11 - yes, we now support word wrap.
Easier to Plan
Nope, your eyes arenít playing tricks on you. The tasks in the above picture really donít have durations or dates. That is because weíve added a new feature called User-controlled Scheduling. User-controlled scheduling brings together control and ease of use so you can now be completely in control of your schedule. If you donít know all the information about a task, Project wonít force you to enter values. If you donít want a task to move, Project wonít move it but will warn you when there are potential scheduling issues.
In Project 2010, tasks can be automatically scheduled or manually scheduled (using the new user controlled scheduling feature). Auto scheduled tasks behave exactly like tasks in the previous releases. Manually Scheduled tasks (designated with the pushpin icon) wonít move unless you explicitly tell them to.
In the picture:
Additionally, weíve added a new view called the Team Planner. You can think of this as a resource Gantt chart. It allows you to easily see how your teamís work is laid out over time, quickly spot problems, and drag and drop to resolve those problems.
Easier to Report
Weíve added another view to Project 2010 called the Timeline View which allows you to summarize your project quickly and then share the timeline into other Office apps. Using the above schedule, I can create a simple timeline in Project:
And then when I paste it into another Office app such as Outlook or PowerPoint to share it with others, the tasks are pasted as individual shapes so I can then apply additional formatting and polish.
The final feature Iíd like to call out is Sync to SharePoint. You can synchronize the tasks from within a project plan into a SharePoint tasks list, or open a tasks list directly in Project. Any changes to the plan in Project can by synced to SharePoint and vice versa. This allows you to share your plan with users who donít have project or to collect status updates automatically from your team.
This really is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to features weíve added/updated in Project this release and I havenít even mentioned Project server yet. Continue to check out the Project team blog to learn more about the updates weíve made to Project 2010 this release. Additionally, sign up now at www.microsoft.com/project/2010 and be notified when the Project 2010 beta is available!
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