October 29, 6: At its core, Microsoft Project is about enabling teams to schedule and assign tasks, track progress, manage budgets, and more. Last September, Microsoft announced plans for a new version of Microsoft Project, and in the intervening months it has rolled out iterations of the various features, though they may not have been visible for everyone. From this month, however, the features are being pushed into general availability, meaning the new Microsoft Project will soon be live for everyone around the world. Collaboration The broader Project interface has also been redesigned to make it easier to create new tasks, add new members, and switch between grids, boards, and timeline charts. But digging down into the new Project platform reveals that Microsoft is pushing deeper integrations with its various other business tools, including Office and its chat-based collaboration tool Teams. Microsoft Teams now claims more than half a million organizations as customers, and at least 13 million daily active users , so tying this crucial team communication tool into its project management software makes a great deal of sense. This will prove particularly useful for nationally or globally distributed teams, which will now have seamless integration between projects, covering file-sharing, calendar schedules, messaging, and more. Until now, Roadmap has been off by default — company admins have had to manually activate the feature since its first release earlier this year. With the general availability of the new Microsoft Project, this will become a default offering.
It can be used as a standalone tool but also in connection with Project Server on-premises or Project Online. There is no classic installation. Instead, it is obtained and updated from the Microsoft Cloud.
Besides the components for the on-premises and cloud solutions, Microsoft also uses additional terms for different license options. The following figure provides an overview of the components of a Microsoft PPM solution. Below, you will find out more about the individual components.