Microsoft Project Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Microsoft Project

Project management & collaboration software

4.36/5 (1,168 reviews)

Microsoft Project overview

What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project helps businesses plan projects and collaborate with one another from anywhere using tools such as task assignment, due-date tracking, dependency configuration, scheduling, business intelligence integration, and more. The solution helps users to streamline projects, resources, and portfolio management with integrated planning tools for project tracking. It is a flexible solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work, delivered through Office 365.

Project helps users execute projects using tools including built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access to projects across devices to help project managers and teams stay productive. Businesses can evaluate and optimize project portfolios through seamless integration with Power BI, which provides advanced analytics and built-in reports.

Users can gain insight into how resources are used with features for resource management such as visual heat maps of capacity and resource usage, and robust resource analytics. With simplified task and time management, teams can enter updates from anywhere, offering greater executive oversight and facilitating global collaboration. The Project platform allows teams to utilize methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall, depending on their workflows and needs.
www.microsoft.com

Pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
Value for money
View Pricing Plans

Devices

Business size

S
M
L

Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Chinese (Traditional) and 10 other languages, Danish, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, German, Arabic, Italian, Korean
Microsoft Project screenshot: Built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access across devices help project managers and teams stay productiveMicrosoft Project & Portfolio Management: Future VisionMicrosoft Project screenshot: Evaluate and optimize the project portfolio to prioritize initiativesMicrosoft Project screenshot: Gain insight into how resources are used, and collaborate using integrated toolsMicrosoft Project screenshot: Built-in, customizable templates use industry best practicesMicrosoft Project screenshot: Use tools like Power BI Pro to gain insights across portfoliosMicrosoft Project screenshot: Use Resource Engagements to request and lock in resources, so projects are always properly staffedMicrosoft Project screenshot: Project Management Tool

Microsoft Project user reviews

Value for money
Features
Ease of use
Customer support
  4.0
  4.4
  4.0
  4.0
Stever Jose G.

Be able to have a clear vision, vision and control to make decision

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-26
Review Source: Capterra

Have the possibility to manage the resources, projects carptera from the initiative or idea cycle to the process and project closure. and the collaboration in external offices with the executors or other leaders is very useful to measure impacts and make decisions.

Pros
Since we implemented it, which is quite easy, it is enough to have a 2010 project server and a professional project for the stations all in collaboration with a sharepoint farm. The implementation process took a couple of months to adjust the configurations and to be able to obtain the greatest possible potential of the solution. in general we could use the graphs and diagrams in order to measure and make correct decisions to be applied in each case the collaborative work increased to have a better follow-up of the tasks and be able to finalize or inform some deviation in time of each project The support of the provider was very specialized for when we had to resort in some cases to the implementation and uses of the platform. a great functionality was to be able to create project templates without having to go through the process of creating formulas within each file, something that is optional for each use but in ours we had formulas applied to be able to measure specific calculations that we needed. Roi's early measurements were accurate in a high percentage which helped to clarify the landscape of the project area.

Cons
It is a very expensive solution, for which not all companies are willing to invest, not only in the platform but in the hours of R & D that the team must use to manage it, maintain it and work on the solution. Another point is that it is not multiplatform and this in the cases that are needed is important to evaluate it or keep it in mind. It has many features and it is a bit difficult to be an expert because of the number of functionalities that you have and you end up resorting to conventional methods because it is cumbersome to know where to find them.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

Minimize review

Ed W.

No brainer for Project Management

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-03-27
Review Source: Capterra

Handles most of my large projects and allows easy reporting to people. Used for years now and don't plan on changing. Done a few online courses to learn to use it properly and well worth it.

Pros
The leading software in Project Management. Used for a few years now and it allows me to input everything i need to run projects, execute them and then monitor. incorporates all the principles of PM WBS, critical path, leads and lags. Cost management is also a worth while feature allowing you to monitor costs in detail or quick look to see current status.

Cons
Not the best for collaborative working if other staff are not trained properly. I think this is more of a company specific problem where staff are included in projects and data in put but not necessarily trained in PM

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

Minimize review

JAVIER D.

Very good tool for Project Management

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-02-20
Review Source: Capterra

Part of my work is based on the planning of tasks within an adoption plan according to each client. The use of Microsoft Project is essential to be able to carry out each of the plans according to plan, controlling that there are no deviations and being able to put together executive progress reports.

Pros
Microsoft Project is an excellent tool to divide any type of project into consecutive tasks or not, associated with the person in charge, company or necessary resource. This also allows to have an overview of resource use and task overlap for the same resource and avoid complications early.

Cons
The disadvantage that I see with this software is that it requires an additional license to the Office suite. This should be in the general package.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

Minimize review

Gio J.

Easy to access project tool.

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-01-07
Review Source: Capterra

I use Microsoft's Project to track the individual items that I need to manage for a major project. The best parts of MS Project are that it evolved into the easiest to use Gant chart generator out there. My personal business calls for me to track several programs at one time and as an Instructional Designer/Architect, I tend to "chunk" projects into smaller, easier to accomplish bites. The Project lets me do that and helps me track my progress in completing the chunks of the larger project that I have to complete. I like that the interface allows me to enter the data about the project into what looks like a spreadsheet. The software then generates a Gant chart and helps me track where I might have finished ahead of schedule or where I might slip if I don't pay attention. My main gripes about MS Project involve a lack of flexibility. I can't easily rename column headings because they're locked into Microsoft's view of what a project should look like. This is only a minor annoyance. That said, at times I often expect MS Project to behave more like MS Excel where I can manipulate and edit cells with ease, which you can't because the columns are locked to function only one way. Finally, I would like to have row separators that let me know where one project ends and another begins. I do this because I'd like to have a tool that lets me view all my projects in one place. Changing dates is also an annoyance because the date fields always default to the point in time in which you started the project and so if you expect the date fields to default to "today's date", you might have to make adjustments. It would be nice if the date defaulted as expected (today's date). Tips: 1. You can roughly rename the titles of cells, but the contents will always function according to the locked nature of the cells. 2. If like me, you want to track multiple projects in one MS Project file, simply color code the different projects with the cell highlight function.

Pros
1. Ease of use 2. Fast data entry 3. Visible Gant chart

Cons
1. Columns are locked to function only one way 2. Date fields don't default to today's date 3. No means to separate one project from another

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

Minimize review

Norzihan I.

Saves time in planning and collaborating project

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-01-28
Review Source: Capterra

This software has help me and my colleague to create shortcuts to planning, creating and deploying project. The task can be marked with time frame and the system will send notification if the task is still not completed before the due date.

Pros
I really like template that are provided by Microsoft Project, it is highly customized to my project objective and my liking. The feature that i use the most can be pinned on the dashboard interface and keep it organized. Most of the user are using it, and there are no issue to shares the project file to my other colleague and they can open it without any compatibility problem.

Cons
Microsoft Project is quite pricey as we can't subscribe only the Microsoft Project itself, we have to buy all the software on the Microsoft suite to use it. If only they can let user to separately subscribing it, more user can will use it. Other thing that i dislike is, no video tutorial provided to teach user how to use the feature in the software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

Minimize review

Microsoft Project pricing

Starting from
$10/month
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
View Pricing Plans

Project Plan 1: $10.00 user/​month

Project Plan 3: $30.00 user/​month

Project Plan 5: $55.00 user/​month

Microsoft Project features

Collaboration Tools
File Sharing
Gantt/Timeline View
Milestone Tracking
Percent-Complete Tracking
Prioritization
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Planning/Scheduling
Projections
Reporting/Analytics
Reporting/Project Tracking
Resource Management
Task Management
Time & Expense Tracking

API (244 other apps)
Alerts/Notifications (253 other apps)
Status Tracking (215 other apps)
Task Progress Tracking (252 other apps)
Task Scheduling (219 other apps)

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for Microsoft Project

Key features of Microsoft Project

  • Anticipate change
  • Anywhere access
  • Built-in templates
  • Burndown charts
  • Collaboration tools
  • Communicate in real time
  • Deliver projects successfully
  • Discover and share information
  • Gantt charts
  • Give effective presentations
  • Milestones
  • Mobile task and time management
  • Multiple timelines
  • Out-of-the-box reports
  • Portfolio optimization
  • Project management
  • Project planning
  • Resource analytics
  • Seamless BI integration
  • Select optimal portfolios
  • Simplify IT management
  • Systematic resource requests
  • Visualized heat maps
  • Work seamlessly across tools
View All Features

Benefits

• Utilize the timeline functionality to visualize projects. The Team Planner allows users to view what’s coming up in the future and anticipate changes or potential problems.

• Enhance collaboration with the ability to copy project information to Office applications such as PowerPoint or email and save important plans and details to Office 365 or SharePoint.

• Setup projects and assign team members to them, set start and finish dates, add dependencies, and define durations.

• Integrate Project with Microsoft Power BI to create interactive dashboards based on project metrics and drill down on performance.

• Manage Agile projects within Microsoft Project using Scrum and Kanban boards, as well as custom workflows and methodologies.