What’s new in Microsoft Project Professional 2019?

Today’s organizations enjoy more convenience and produce better-quality outputs with their projects through the help of various project management tools. The challenge, however, is in choosing the right software that can meet the unique needs of every team. As many teams already know, there is no one-size-fits-all software which makes choosing more difficult. However, among the most popular choices, today is Microsoft Project Professional 2019.

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Meet the Microsoft Project Professional 2019

Microsoft Project 2019 is the project management software used by organizations for managing, organizing, and controlling the flow of projects. It has built-in templates that can be used for typical business projects, including commercial construction and engineering projects. With its flexible features, teams can keep track of their projects and make working from start to finish seamlessly. One of the strongest features of Microsoft Project is budgeting which enables managers to estimate their project’s cost. Furthermore, it has interactive dashboards and reporting functionalities that promote transparency and fosters trust between the team and the client. Best of all, the software can be deployed both in the cloud and onsite, allowing remote teams to function well.

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What’s new in MP Professional 2019?

Microsoft Project Professional 2019 has been improved and users will experience better functionality. Subscribers can automatically take advantage of the new features but non-subscribers have to buy the next version first. These changes await the users of the software.

  • Tasks are linked using a drop-down menu

This is undoubtedly one of the best changes ever made to Microsoft Project. Users now don’t anymore have to remember the task ID that they want to link to. They simply have to go to the Predecessors column, choose the down arrow, and find the list of the tasks. Strategically, the order and task hierarchy are the same as in the project so users can easily scroll to the specific task. In the same way, users can also find the tasks in the Successors column.

the drop-down menu for task linking
  • Task Summary Name field for resource usage

Users will now no longer be confused in identifying which task is being listed. For example, having numerous tasks in a project that uses the same name but in different phases makes it hard to identify the specific task in question. With the new feature, the task summary name field can be added and it shows the phases of these tasks.

Task summary name field can be added
  • Timeline bar labels make progress tracking easier

Microsoft Project Professional 2019 has now made communication and tracking progress a lot easier. It has enabled users to label timeline bars, with the task progress displayed right next to it. When teams present the progress of their project, it can show if it has been completed or not. Additionally, it can also show for whom the bar is intended.

Timeline bar can be labelled.
  • Accessibility improvements

This improvement is without a doubt one of the best Microsoft has made. As Project supports Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA), MS Project 2019 helps promote the interaction of assistive technology products with the software. An example of this is a screen reader software for the visually impaired.

In the case of Microsoft Project Professional 2019, the colour name is given which is helpful to users who are colorblind. Also, features with colours can be changed. Navigation of the app has also been made easier wherein users can now use the keyboard to navigate instead of the mouse. Moreover, users can now zoom in and out of the reports to suit their needs.

Conclusion

Indeed, there are many useful changes made to Microsoft Project that users should take advantage of. This should be more than enough to entice non-subscribers to subscribe to MP 2019 and use it for their projects.

Mae Remedios Virtucio

Mae Remedios Virtucio

Mae is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. She covers articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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