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Microsoft Project Professional 2010 [Old Version]
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I've been using one flavor of Project or another for years. I've never had formal training in the tool, so I'll be the first to admit that my ignorance of the deeper details of the Project package is fairly high. However it's fairly easy to see that this time around, we didn't get what we'd hoped for. While on the one hand we have an interface that finally matches the look and feel of the rest of the Office Suite, on the other we have buggy behavior and difficult processes that were made to accommodate the 2010 facelift.

If you missed out on Office 2007...well, you didn't miss much with Project 2007 - it looked and behaved fairly much the same way Project 2003 did. While the rest of the Office suite were moved to an entirely new design, Project and Visio were given a raincheck, with the promise to be revamped in the 2010 suite. With the 2010 version of Project, we now get the following changes:

The "Ribbon" replaces toolbars (as per the rest of Office 2007)
Instead of dragging this or that toolbar, lining them up how you like them, and adding/removing various toolbars, there is one band across the top of the Office products that is broken into sections. Each section contains categories relevant to the area that you're working in. This concept was introduced in 2007, and in 2010 it's further broken up into tabs: click a tab and the ribbon changes to the items for that tab.

The "Ribbon" also has tabs (new to Office 2010)
For example, the default "Task" tab will show you a ribbon for Clipboard, Schedule, Tasks, Insert, Properties, and Editing. Each has buttons and tools in it, such as Cut/Copy/Paste/Format Painter in "Clipboard", or font size, style, and color in "Font". "View" will toggle the Gantt chart on and off. If you click the top of a column or on a header, "Tasks" and "Insert" might become grayed out because you cannot perform these actions on a column or header. Click the "Resource" tab and you have a new ribbon, of "View" (which will now toggle "Team Planner" on and off), Assignments, Insert (which is now about Inserting people), Properties, and Level.

We use Project Professional fairly simply: keep a timeline, make some estimates, hand in to management on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we have some very particular yet simple features that seem to have been broken going to Project 2010. We have a specific color scheme and the standard colors in Project 2007 are gone...this brings Project 2010 more inline with the default palette for the rest of the suite. We can make custom colors to perfectly match by typing in the correct RGB values...if you like fiddling with graphics concepts that much (isn't that more for a web designer than a Project Manager?). The concept of editing the font has been stripped down to the minimal buttons...and when you need to go further you will need to start using the "Text Styles" feature that also mimics Word.

Which then brings us to the bugs. For reasons I can't figure out, changing one task and clicking Save is causing some individual fields in unrelated tasks to change their font size. Using Print Preview has gone from "What You See is What You Get" to "What You See May or May Not Work You Should Try Re-opening Your File". And the most difficult issue we've had has been with concurrency. You are allowed to install Project 2010 and keep your existing Project 2007 installation. You are prompted during install, and then you're prompted again to ditch the old version when you first launch Project. If you say no to all of these things, you can keep both instances of Project installed...but you can't run them. Whichever version of Project you launch will be the ONLY version that will launch until you reboot. I have 2007 and 2010 on separate hard drives and if I double-click the executable in the 2007 program folder...but I've already opened Project 2010 once today...then 2010 is what will be launched. Unless I reboot.

Project Professional 2010 is the first serious overhaul to Microsoft Project in a while. While the intention was to bring it up to speed with the rest of the suite, I get the impression it wasn't a finished product. If you are considering it, I highly suggest both familiarizing yourself with the basics of the new Office 2010 interface...and starting over from scratch with your older files. If you are considering keeping dual versions installed, you may want to consider taking the leap or staying behind, and not trying to do both.

It is my hope that a service pack or other update will improve Project 2010. Until then, I have to recommend against the new version.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
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This has been one of the most frustrating pieces of software that I've ever paid a lot of money for. I have run into bug after bug using it. The Gantt chart view will suddenly disappear and it appears that I have no data. When I restart the program the data is there again. Resources entered as materials will show as work in the Gantt chart. It has frozen and lost all of my unsaved work. I can't create a simple materials list required for a project as this just doesn't seem to be part of the functionality.

When the software does work properly it's decent for use in software development and network integration which is the vast majority of what I use the software for. Try to plan out a construction project with it where materials management is involved and it suddenly becomes much more frustrating. I'm a big fan of Microsoft programs and own pretty much every piece of software that they offer, but it seems to me that Microsoft is asleep at the wheel when it comes to MS Project.

For reference I'm running 64 bit windows 7.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
This programs is a packed with features to help mainstream and track any project you could be working on. Personally ended up buy a Project 2010 for dummies book because the program is so unlike any other program I have ever used. Found learning the program to be a time consuming and at times a confusing task. However, if you are a visual person this software is for you-with its multiple graph, charts and tracking functions. The program is only as successful as the person entering the information- this will not solve lack of organization or time management problems: it just allows you to visually give yourself a guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
This is the most frustrating version yet. What used to take one click now takes two to three clicks. I wonder if the people who designed this version know what a schedule is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
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The software is fine, but I was sent a backup disk marked not for sale. Basically this is a copyright violation. And had issues with the license key so they had to send me another one.
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on August 27, 2013
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Once this software is mastered, I feel I could easily work at home (home based business) supporting various construction companies. I feel most of the tools are included within this software, aside from the training on how to maximize it. The mastery of the software will have to come from other sources available on the internet and use of the product.
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on April 20, 2013
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Have used lots of CM and Scheduling software like MRI, Timberline, Expedition, Suretrack and Prolog; many of them are copies of the other ones, with minor changes.
This Microsoft Project Pro is not any thing new or very different, but I like it because it works well with many other software systems and products and is not difficult to use or understand.
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on July 9, 2012
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Great price - easy to work with and lots of good info and tips on the web - even how-to videos
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on February 6, 2015
I really like Project Pro 2010. I use it to track my own little projects and it's just surprising how much value it brings. I would come back to it after a while and see exactly what I need to do next. But it's price is just too high for me. I searched around and bought it from danarou com gift shop. Very glad that I did.
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on September 18, 2014
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I had used MS Professional 2010 at my former company. I just started my own consulting company and wanted to have the same tools as I formerly had. It works as expected. I got the software with in two days, loaded it put in the product key and I was set to go.
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