Welcome to the first office Project “12” blog entry! I am a Program Manager in the Microsoft Office Project team and will be coordinating this blog as a space for the entire product team in Project to communicate with anyone who is interested in Project.
We are going to focus our blog discussions on the new version of Project, currently code named Project “12”. Our goal is to be able to share what’s new in Project “12” and hear your feedback and questions. There will a new posting at least once a week but I’ll try to regularly respond to comments and questions.
I would like to get started by telling you how amazing the Project Conference 2006 was! For those who are not familiar with the conference, it is an annual event where we hold multiple sessions discussing how to solve some project management challenges using Project. This year, we also had a number of partners presenting on their solutions as well as best practices. It was the biggest conference ever for Project with about 1,600 attendees!
Project “12” has some incredible areas of improvements in both the client as well as in the server. I hope to, over time, have some in depths discussions on separate features. For now, I would like to highlight a couple of client features that received a lot of applauses or “Oh my God” reactions from the conference:
Multiple Levels of Undo: There was a post from Dieter’s Project blog about this feature. As he explained, it was an incredibly hard to implement feature but amazingly rewarding to see customers reaction! Project “12” will support multiple level of undo but we have gone beyond that and also support custom batching of VB code. What that means is that you can wrap any VB code with new functions that will become an undoable action. This is great if you have custom Add Ins or have extended applications running with Project.
Task Drivers: Many of our customers had some problems finding out what happened to the schedule, so Project “12” has this new feature called Task Drives. A common question you may have when looking at your project schedule would be “why has a task moved to a certain date?” Now, you are able to select that task and see what is driving that task to be at the state it’s currently in.
There is a very long list of really great client and server features in Project “12” but this is just to get us started.
Dieter, the former Project Group Program Manager, has a Project blog containing a lot of great posts on new features as well as the conference. I highly recommend it if you would like to get more information now: http://blogs.msdn.com/dieterz/. Mostly, new posts will be added to this blog.
Hopefully we’ll be able to build a good community on this blog.
Are there significant changes to the Guide in P12?
Are you referring to Project Guide in the client? We haven't done many significant changes there - we have made a few important improvements based on customer feedback. Do you have something in specific you are curious about? -Lidiane
About the Project Guide in the client : I would like to know whether it has been made easier for non-programmers to cutomize elements in the guide. Although it isn't challenging to a programmer with a bit of XML background to apply customizations, I really think that a major barrier to the wholesale adoption of the P11 Guide in large organizations, is that it wasn't easy enough for non-technical content administrators to update content.
That's good feedback to hear. We are planning on releasing a new article on the Project Desktop SDK that walk you through the process of creating a custom Project Guide. That should help users with mess programming experience. Hopefully that will help you. Once we have that completed, we might publish it here as well. -Lidiane
You recommend using the beta version to do a test migration to Project 2007 and report issues. Great idea... how do I get my mittens on the beta code?
Hi William - Our Beta 1 was limited to a few customers but our Beta 2 will be more widely spread. Project Standard and Pro will be available to anyone interested. We haven't completely defined how the distribution for Project Server will be like for Beta 2 but that's on the works. I'll post more info once that's defined. Thanks!
I understand there is a free "Project Reader" that allows you to read/ print a MS project. However, I can't seem to find it! Can you help? THX!
I can't seem to get the P12 project guide to work. Project 2003 seems to work fine though with the same files(project guide content and layout files).
Hi there! I am developing a new add-on (yes just an add-on Mike! :) with built-in logic for automatic task scheduling following PMBOK schemes. I saw you have a new scheduling engine in P12 architecture.. Are there any new features in scheduling in P12?
If yes I have to change my job very soon :)
Does anyone have VBA code for monte carlo simulation for project cost risk analysis. Triangular OR Beta Pert distribution. I will really appreciate your help.
I am running Project 2007. When I tried to use PERT Analysis, I get the same error as Anand described above. "Error occurred in the COM Add-in named: PERT Analysis Error# :1101 The method is not available in this situation."
since one week I have a rtm version of project 07 and I was a little bit disappointed because I thought that microsoft had announced the enterprise field rsp would be a multi-value-field!?
But it isn't!
Does anybody know why or know a work-around?
does the new PSI have methods which allow me to retreive sharepoint project related data such as issues and risks? If yes What and how?