Focus of this new project management tool has been set on usability, simplicity and transparency. The user interface was created using modern design principles, giving room to the most important features and not cluttering it with an abundance of menus. Planning and work assignment is made as easy as setting up a Planner plan, allowing experienced as well as sporadic project managers to schedule their initiatives without much ramp-up. Project team members can be added with 1 click, giving them instant access to the project schedule by adding them to an O365 group.
This permission management via O365 groups is also the reason that integration in Teams is easily accomplished, thereby adding the communication hub for the project team.
The following sections give a first impression of the new modern UI and the core functionalities of this new tool.
The new Microsoft Project – User interface and features
Upon opening a project in the new Project via Project Home there are three views on the same schedule:
All project tasks and milestones are listed in the grid view. You can quickly create new tasks, assign it to your team members and set the duration and start/finish dates. It is also possible to manage Finish-Start dependencies and set up a task hierarchy. The known shortcuts from Project Online can be used as well. As there is no check-in/check-out mechanism anymore, you can update the schedule at the same time as your colleagues and of course easily integrate information using Microsoft Flow.