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  • Blog Post: New Project Fan Page on Facebook

    In our never-ending quest to spread the word about Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project 2010, we now have an official fan page on Facebook! Our news feed includes links to articles on MSDN, TechNet, and Office Online, as well as posts on this blog. You can choose to see our posts in your Facebook...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Review of Project 2007 Task Settings and Display Administrative Options

    This is the beginning of a video series targeted to Project Server Administrators. These are being done by the Program Managers who own the features and are designed to give you some insight into the what and why of the administrative options. Consequently, these are NOT professionally produced. Note...
  • Blog Post: Values randomly appearing on your timesheet?

    Picture this: you create a new timesheet in Project Web Access, and rather than seeing a blank timesheet, as you might expect, you see a timesheet prepopulated with Actual Work hours. But your project plan doesn't have any Actual Work! Where did the prepopulated hours come from? The most likely answer...
  • Blog Post: My Tasks Page and Colored Lines

    You launch the My Tasks page in Project Server 2007 and you see these colored lines next to your tasks.  The first thing that comes to mind is what do they mean?  Below is the key to these colors.  Please bear in mind that these colors are meant as guidance and are subject to the influence...
  • Blog Post: Visual Project Planning and Reporting

    In case you weren't aware of this, you can use the WBS Modeler tool to visually model and plan your projects or to validate the current structure of your project. The tool uses Visio 2007 and Project 2007 to do this. Ok, I haven't used this yet. I'm in the process of installing it now. One of my fellow...
  • Blog Post: New Connector Released

    Today, Microsoft officially released a new connector between Visual Studio Team Systems and Project Server 2007. This connector was a collaborative development effort between Project Server, VSTS and Microsoft Consulting to solve a customer need. While this connector could have been bundled into the...
  • Blog Post: Managing Cross Project Dependencies with Deliverables

    Deliverables is a new feature that shipped in Project Professional 2007. Deliverables provides the ability to publish key dates to a SharePoint site and for others to consume these keys dates within their project plan. This feature helps you to manage cross project dependencies. A project manager can...
  • Blog Post: Resource Plans Explained.... I Hope :-)

    Hi, It has been a long time since my last post. Sorry for the long delay and I will try to fix this with more frequent post in the future. OK so let’s get to the topic of the day: “Resource Plans, what are they and how should you use them”. Resource Plans were developed in response to a number of...
  • Blog Post: Can I get access to your team site?

    After discussing this situation with Eric Zenz, I found out we made a change in the 2007 release that makes it easier to manage who has access to your project's team site. In 2003, you had to be on a project's team and assigned to a task to get access to a project's team site. So, everyone wound up...
  • Blog Post: Busy, Busy, Busy

    In case you've noticed, which you probably have, posts have been slow as of late. As we wrapped up Office 2007 work back at the end of October, we've been working hard on the Project 14 planning and rolling out a new service internally. So, why does this matter to you? These latest activities all involve...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Reporting Services Report Pack for Project Server 2007

    This post contains a zip file attachment which is the SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS) 2005 report pack for Project Server 2007. This attachment contains 9 items total: One overview document describing the setup for each report as well as any new custom fields/lookup tables that are required...
  • Blog Post: Publishing – Made Simple

    “What happened to my publishing options?” is one of the frequently asked questions from sharp-eyed project managers who have just upgraded from Project Server 2003 to Project Server 2007. The answer is complex enough to deserve this blog entry. My design needed to deliver in two areas: - Simplicity ...
  • Blog Post: Resource Management

    Hello, My name is Dave Ducolon and I am a Program Manager for Microsoft Office Project/Project Server. It is my pleasure to write about and to discuss Resource Management and other related topics for the 2007 release. Resource Management is at its best a hard job. And at the core is Capacity Management...
  • Blog Post: Project Server - Outlook Integration

    The Program Manager in Outlook (Melissa) and one of our Program Managers here in Project (Jon) collaborated on a post explaining the integration between Project Server and Outlook in this release. These posts go into nice detail about how you can manage your tasks directly from Outlook. This is an especially...
  • Blog Post: Visual Reports

    Hello everybody. I’m Heather O’Cull and I’m also a program manager on the Project team. This week I decided to lock Lidiane out of her office and take over control of the blog to write about a new feature that I think is pretty cool – Visual Reports. Visual Reports is a new feature in Project Standard...
  • Blog Post: New Templates in Project 2007

    There is a vast number projects being managed in the world and many Project Managers may not be aware of how they could use Project to help them manage these projects. Templates are a way to help Project Managers get started with Project. The goal of the templates is to give you an idea of how you may...
  • Blog Post: Tracking changes in Project 2007

    I apologize to readers for the delay in posting a new topic. The last few weeks have been busy for us in the product team as we start to get our Beta 2 build completed. The release will be in late spring and I’ll have a dedicated post on how that will work, for those interested in learning more. I have...
  • Blog Post: Cube Building Services Overview

    For our first feature discussion, I will introduce you to Project “12” Cube Building Services that represent a part of our offerings for Enterprise Project Management Reporting. It also happens to be the feature I own, so I am very excited to share with you the work we have done. Project Server...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to P12!

    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...
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