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Microsoft Project 2010 part of Office 2010 aims to appeal millions of Office users worldwide

To most people, Microsoft Project is only for project management pros. Project 2010, which will ship with Microsoft Office 2010, aims to erase that perception and appeal to millions of Office users worldwide. Ludovic Hauduc hopes that changes later this Spring, when a retooled version of project management software ships with Microsoft Office 2010. Long a niche product aimed at project management pros, Project 2010 aims to broaden its usage and appeal. After all, project managers aren’t just ones with PMP designation after their name, Hauduc says. “If you’ve a fulltime job, and you use a computer to do your job, you probably manage projects,” he says. “There was no reason why our Project team couldn’t deliver some value to these information workers.” For the 2010 edition, Hauduc and Project team set out to revamp product to appeal to a larger audience. One primary way was by listening to their current customers. One of top pieces of feedback – please make it like Excel. Project 2007 didn’t present an intuitive UI to the first-time user, Hauduc says. The 2010 edition has adopted many of the Office 2010 UI elements, such as the ribbon. Other new features in Project 2010 include a visually enhanced Timeline view, which helps users quickly and easily stay on top of major milestones. The new view offers a much richer and simpler way to track dates than the complex charts that used to be typical of high-level project planning, Hauduc says. Project users also will be able to copy and paste a timeline into any Office document to quickly communicate with everyone involved on a project.


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