Getting Started with Microsoft Project 2013

In addition to a newer, cleaner interface, Project 2013 brings a variety of new collaboration tools to the table. Project Professional 2013 leverages the power of Office 365 and SharePoint to allow users to work from virtually everywhere. The integration of Lync 2013 also allows users to communicate with team members instantaneously. New customizable pre-installed reports really set this version apart from past Project editions.

Free Trials

Microsoft Project Professional 2013

Free 60-Day Trail

Microsoft Project Server 2013

180-Day trial

Microsoft Project Lite

$7 per user/month

Project Lite is designed specifically for project team members, with features to view/update Tasks, enter Issues/Risks and Timesheets. This could service is just $7 per user/month, instead of the original $33 per user/month with an annual subscription.


Features Introduced in Microsoft Project 2013

  • Improved Reporting
    • Customizable Reports: Users can create professional reports without having to export the data to another program. This includes adding pictures, charts, animation, links, and more.
    • Pre-Installed Reports: Takes full advantage of the new graphics and formatting capabilities. Add or remove elements from these pre-created reports, including changing the colors.
    • Burndown Reports: Shows planned work, completed work, and remaining work as lines on a graph. They give an at-a-glance status, letting you know if your project is behind or ahead of schedule.
  • Lync Integration: Start an IM session, a video chat, an email, or a phone call with team members by hovering over a name.
  • Trace Task Paths: Helps sort out a complex Gantt Chart by allowing users to highlight the link chain — or task path — for any task. When you click a task, all of its predecessor tasks show up in one color and all of its successor tasks show up in another color.
  • Increased Date Range: Set project dates up to 12/31/2149 – a century longer than Project 2010′s limits.
  • Share Meetings: In online meetings, users can now share exported Project reports, timelines, or data  in the form of PowerPoint slides, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and OneNote notes from any supported device, even if Office isn’t installed.
  • Cloud Storage: Allows users to access and share Project schedules, Excel spreadsheets, and other Office files.
  • Online Access: With Project Online, users can access a full version of Project from almost anywhere, even on PCs that don’t have Project 2013 installed.

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