SP1 for Microsoft's Project may drive upgrades

Microsoft executives said they are working hard to finish up its Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office Project 2007, an update that some users have been waiting for before deploying the most recent version of the software. SP1 will update Project Professional 2007, Project Server 2007 and Project Portfolio Server 2007, said Keshav Puttaswamy, group […]

Microsoft executives said they are working hard to finish up its Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office Project 2007, an update that some users have been waiting for before deploying the most recent version of the software.

SP1 will update Project Professional 2007, Project Server 2007 and Project Portfolio Server 2007, said Keshav Puttaswamy, group program manager at Microsoft, speaking during the Microsoft Office Project Conference in Seattle on Monday.

It will primarily fix bugs and improve stability and performance, said Mike Angiulo, general manager of the Microsoft Project business unit. It will also enhance some cache features, he said.

While the conference might have been an ideal venue for announcing the release date for SP1, executives said they'll wait another two or three weeks before disclosing that information.

Office Project 2007, the most recent version of the project management software, became available earlier this year. But as with other new Microsoft software, some customers have been waiting for SP1 before deploying it.

Christopher Ludlow, director of project management at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, in San Diego, said he is waiting for SP1 before migrating to Project 2007. The system integrator he works with advised him to hold off because their experience was that Project 2007 is glitchy and unstable, he said.

If SP1 fixes those issues, he's interested in some of the new features of Project 2007, including a reported improved network responsiveness that may mean he doesn't have to rely on Citrix for remote access.

Microsoft executives touted some other new features in Project 2007 at the conference. One of the most important updates in Project 2007 is that it can support many more users than it could previously, said Angiulo. Technology consulting firm EDS has one of the biggest deployments of Project 2003, with 8,000 users, he said. "They were driving the limit of what you could get out of it," he said.

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