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Welcome to P12!

Welcome to P12!

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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: Mostly, new posts will be added to this blog.


Hopefully we’ll be able to build a good community on this blog.

  • Whenever I am trying to perform a PERT analysis in MS Project 2003, I get the error "Error occurred in the COM Add-in named: PERT Analysis Error# :1101"

  • Can anyone advise if Project Professional 2007 will install and run okay on PC's that have Office 2003 already installed ?

  • Hi All,

    Need your help...

    like En & Gauravad said, when i want to do PERT Analysis there were error "Error occurred in the COM Add-in named: PERT Analysis Error# :1101" "

    can anyone know about this???

    btw i'm using Ms Project 2007


  • Hi,

    I have a customer who needs to restrict access to certain fields of a project plan to the project manager himself viz. review comments entered by the project reviewer should not be altered. Is there a way around this?

  • I too get the 1101 error when attemtpting to run the PERT analysis tool.  What is the fix?

    I noted that numerous others seam to be having this problem too.  The explanation and solution should be posted.

  • Could this be a new feature ?

    I customize MS Project via VSTO.  The following commands involving selecting a new line, and seem like they do not work (error description: The Method is not available in this situation) when inserted into ProjectTaskNew, ProjectBeforeTaskNew and BeforeTaskChange events:




    They work if inserted into WindowSelectionChange or  Startup events.

    My requirement is when a new task is created, I need to check if the line above the new task is a blank line, or a task.  So I need to select the line above, while the current line is being processed by an event.

    I'll settle for any other method to check the line above (eg. checking the content without selecting the line).  But I have not found any other way.

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