Buyer's Guide | Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project Overview

Streamline and manage projects, resources, and portfolios the smarter way, with Project from Microsoft. Project allows users to get started quickly and execute plans with ease. Built-in templates, familiar scheduling tools, and access across every device helps project managers and their teams stay productive and on-task.

Project 2013 has new and improved features from the previous 2010 version, such as exporting Project reports, timelines, or data to other Office programs. If you have Lync 2010 or later installed, users can start an IM session, email, or phone without having to leave Project. This is useful for individuals not requiring collaboration tools and other advanced features.

Project 2016 includes significant updates to Project Professional, Project Pro for Office 365 and Project online. These upgrades include Resource Engagements, changes to Resource Manager, resource capacity heat maps, timelines, Tell Me, and more. 2016 is a complete on-premise project and portfolio management solution.

Project 2021 provides the latest updates from the Project management software. Project 2021 introduces Roadmap, which allows you to view your organization's projects in one place, and connect to projects from different apps. Customize your Task Board to show important details and keep projects better organized.


Project Standard

Project Professional

Full desktop application download.
Manage project schedules and tasks.
Manage tasks, reports, and business intelligence.
Manage resources.  
Sync with Project Online and Project Server.  
Ability to submit timesheets for project and non-project time spent for payroll and invoicing.  
Advanced analytics for project selection assistance.  

Minimum installation requirements

Processor 1GHz or faster x86/x64 processor
Hard disk Minimum:
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Operating system Supported versions*
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

*Microsoft Project 2021 requires Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019.

Note that some installation scenarios for Project may not be supported with certain versions of Office 2013 and Office 2016. Check the compatibility of your Microsoft Office Suite here.