“Want to send a project status update without overwhelming people with details? Program Manager Heather O’Cull describes a feature in Microsoft Project 2010 that lets users create colorful, simplified timelines of their plans that can be easily shared using Outlook or PowerPoint. Microsoft Project’s new Timeline feature is attracting people who never considered using the program before. Microsoft Project provides a variety of ways to juggle the many details and deadlines that come with projects large and small. What O’Cull found is that project managers needed a more simple representation of their projects – an at-a-glance overview that wouldn’t bog people down with details and could be widely shared, especially to bosses and people not working on the project. Thus, the Timeline view was born,” writes O’Cull.