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Ask Microsoft Your Project 2013 Questions!

Do you have specific questions about the New Project that have not been answered? Post your questions in the comment section of this article for possible inclusion in our interview with Microsoft Project and Visio Marketing Director, Chris Crane and Project engineer, Howard Chow.

Chris and Howard will read your questions and respond to some of them in one of our upcoming featured articles! Stay tuned!

Chris Crane

Director, Project and Visio Product Marketing, Microsoft

Ask Microsoft Your Project 2013 Questions!Chris Crane is the Director of Microsoft Project and Visio Product Marketing and is responsible for product management, marketing and overall business direction of Microsoft Project and Visio. In this role, he works closely with customers, partners, Microsoft sales and marketing professionals around the world, and the Project and Visio engineering teams. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Pricing and Licensing for the Microsoft Information Worker business and Senior Product Manager in the Microsoft Windows business. In addition to nearly ten years of Microsoft experience, Chris also brings several years of high tech business experience, including living in Singapore and running Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China for a Seattle software company. He holds a BA in history from Bowdoin College and a MALD in international economics and business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Howard Chow

Engineer, Microsoft Project 




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  1. Will Project Server 2013 have the functionality of tracking a resources/users evolution? For example, being able to keep a history of a users move from one RBS to another.


  2. My company is currently looking at using two types of projects on a single server. The top two are large detailed plans for capacity planning purposes and seperate timesheet plans. Is there an easy way to seperate the two types of plans in Project 2013?

  3. I like and use many of the reports in MSP 2010 and earlier versions. I especially like being able to customize these reports easily. I cannot find the same reports or customization capability in MSP 2013. The MSP 2013 reports are snazzy, but I don’t find them as usuful as those in MSP 2010. How can I access these plain table type reports in MSP 2013?

  4. If there are no “inactive” tasks in the standard version, why distinguish between “active” and “inactive” tasks in the bar styles? Why include the “active task” filter as part of the standard package? I appreciate that the capability is only in Professional, but why decieve me into thinking I have something that I don’t?

  5. How do you modify the gantt chart view similar to the wizard so that I can remove the resource names, etc

  6. When establishing a new project, one step is to enter the project name in Advance Properties.
    In Project 2013, when I save to a new file name (v1 to v2), Advance Properties reverts to the new file name. Nothing else in Advance Properties changes. Is there a way prevent this from happening?

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    The interview noted above has already concluded. Please feel free to post your questions in the MPUG discussion forum to be answered by the experts: https://www.mpug.com/forums/type/discussion/


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