Friday, October 8, 2010

Upgrade to Microsoft Project 2010; Compelling Features Enhance Project Collaboration and Management

The new Microsoft Project 2010 make projects easier. The Project family builds on critical changes made in Microsoft Office Project 2007 and provides pathways for more complex project portfolios as your company’s expertise evolves. New interfaces and menus make Microsoft Project 2010 easier to use. The new navigation adopts the Ribbon in Microsoft Office 2010 applications, which allows discovery of new features. If users have learned Ribbon in other Office applications, they will be more familiar with Project.

There are three applications in the Project Office family: Project Standard 2010, Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010.

Project Standard 2010

• Use Excel-like features to create and manipulate the schedules and data. Office features such as auto-complete, add or delete columns, or rows and text wrap make it simple to learn and use Project Office.
• Timelines are visually enhanced with better graphics and expanded colors.

Project Professional 2010

• Create customized timelines. Timeline details are quick and easy to visualize and drill into with the enhanced graphical timelines.
• Scheduling projects is straightforward. User alerts warn you of potential problems so they can be dealt with immediately. You can also create “What-if?” scenarios using the active and inactive task feature.
• Complete reporting time by enabling Single Entry Mode. A consolidated approval center simplifies approval of timesheets and task status.
• Outlook and Exchange integrate with the software, no add-ins required. Microsoft Outlook Web allows you to immediately send updates to mobile devices.
• Enhanced resource planning lets you use a drag-and-drop to visually find a balance of resources.

The web interface carries over to the entire Project family. With built-in web access, teams in different geographic locations and time zones can instantly and effortlessly collaborate and monitor a project’s progress.

Project Server and SharePoint

Project Server expands the functionality and features of Project 2010 to include project portfolio management. This allows multiple projects to be accessed, resources reviewed, and tasks updated to maintain organizational control throughout the portfolio.

Project Server 2010 has built-in integration with SharePoint 2010. SharePoint houses all project documents in one location like a company intranet, letting users access the server via local networks or with Virtual Private Networks (VPN). SharePoint Services tasks lists can be converted to Project Professional 2010 to help with scheduling.

With SharePoint’s document control, procedures can be established for review and approval of documents required for the project. User access is controlled with permissions to limit document access and access control also prevents users from changing the wrong documents, or the wrong projects.
The content management system (CMS) controls in SharePoint can store multiple versions of documents for regulatory or compliance requirements.
With the latest edition of the Project family has:

• No support of Internet Explorer 6
• No support for ActiveX controls
• Project tasks in Outlook no longer requires a plug-in to work with Project Server

To Learn about upgrading to the Project family and other new Microsoft applications, call Infinitely Virtual at (866) 257-8455 or request more information from the website:

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