Features Of Project Editions with Differing Functionality

Features Of Project Editions with Differing Functionality

The following table displays features available in Microsoft Project Standard and Microsoft Project Professional, and describes their differences in functionality:

Feature Microsoft Project Standard Microsoft Project Professional
Consolidated projects Supports publishing of master projects and inserted projects to Microsoft Project Server.Users can be restricted from publishing master projects to Microsoft Project Server to avoid double counting of resources and inconsistent coding. Supports publishing of master projects and inserted projects to Microsoft Project Server.Users can be restricted from publishing master projects to Microsoft Project Server to avoid double counting of resources and inconsistent coding.Inserted projects of a master project must be of the same version.
Microsoft Project base calendars Users are responsible for creating base calendars for the project. Users can be restricted from creating base calendars, because enterprise calendars may be used across projects on Microsoft Project Server.
Currency settings A message notifies users about currency issues when projects with different currencies are consolidated. A specific currency setting may automatically be decided on for projects and resources on Microsoft Project Server.
Mixed mode All workgroup mode. Can be restricted to only enterprise mode or allow mixed mode.Note For consistent enterprise functionality, mixed mode should be avoided.
Global files Uses a policy or user-specific global file (Global.mpt). Uses the enterprise global template in the Microsoft Project Server database, in addition to a policy or user-specific global file (Global.mpt).
Data storage Supports mixed file and database formats. Stores all data in a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (or later) database that can be managed by your IS operations group.
Multi-user access Users can open an already opened project as read-only. Users can use the Open dialog box to verify which projects and resources are already checked out.
Resource sharing Uses a shared resource pool. A shared resource pool is not scalable, because all resources are displayed when a sharer project opens. Uses an enterprise resource pool and displays only resources of an opened project team. An enterprise resource pool can contain a large amount of resources.
Offline file access There are no special provisions for working offline. To work offline, a project can be saved as a file on a user’s computer. Uses a cached enterprise global template that allows you to work with projects that are saved offline. Changes to an offline project can be saved online when you reconnect to Microsoft Project Server.
External dependencies Can link to multiple copies of same project. Maintains links within a version.Saving a project to another version redirects external dependencies to that version.
Inactive resources If Microsoft Project Server is used, inactive resources cannot be viewed in Microsoft Project Standard. Marked with an indicator, inactive resources are clearly displayed in resource views, and you are prompted to replace them on remaining work.

Features Only in Microsoft Project Professional

The following table displays features that are only available in Microsoft Project Professional:

Feature Microsoft Project Standard Microsoft Project Professional
Admin check-in commands Not available Used to automatically check projects, resources, and the enterprise global template back into Microsoft Project Server if they were left checked out when Microsoft Project was closed.
Enterprise global template Not available Used to standardize settings across an organization, the enterprise global template is stored in a special project on Microsoft Project Server. It can only be edited by someone with administrative privileges on the server.
Enterprise custom fields Not available Used to maintain consistency across the organization, enterprise custom fields are set up in Microsoft Project Server so that the fields and their lookup tables are the same for all projects and resources. Enterprise custom fields have specific attributes. For example, they can be required fields, so that users are prompted to enter information in that field.
Enterprise resources Not available Used to share resources across projects in the enterprise, enterprise resources are part of the organization’s pool of resources. Access to resources can be limited by permissions. Enterprise resources have a unique resource name and ID across all projects in Microsoft Project Server. Indicators differentiate local, generic, and inactive resources from enterprise resources in resource views and in the Build Team from Enterprise feature.
Build team from Enterprise Not available Used to build your team, the Build Team from Enterprise feature allows you to search for enterprise resources by any resource attribute, including availability in a specific timeframe.
Generic resources Not available Used primarily for resource substitution to replace them with specific resources who possess the same skills, generic resources are placeholder resources, not specific individuals.
Summary resource assignments Not available Summarizes the work of team members in other unopened projects in a single assignment for each project. When leveling resources in a project, summary resource assignment demands are accounted for first.
Project versions Not available. In Microsoft Project Standard, however, users can simulate project versions by saving copies of a project in different databases or folders. Supports archived and published versions of a project for “what-if” analysis and backup purposes. The published version is updated when it is opened in Microsoft Project with the latest enterprise global template and resource data. Unlike project baselines, versions represent a full copy of a project.
Project Data Services Not available Provides an extensible, secure API for solution builder access to Microsoft Project Server.
Portfolio Analyzer Not available Uses enterprise outline codes to analyze time-phased assignment data within a project or across projects in a PivotTable or PivotChart.
Resource Substitution Wizard Not available Allows you analyze the resources in the organization or within a specific department, and to make assignments based on resources’ skills and availability.
Portfolio Modeler Not available Models different project staffing scenarios to determine the feasibility of a new project, prioritize projects and resources, or find potential problems.
Resource Center Not available Displays work and availability of resources across an enterprise organization.