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Project Conference 2014 brings big ideas to the cloud

Sajan Parihar is a group product manager on the Project and Visio team.

This morning, Jared Spataro, General Manager for Microsoft Office, and Ludovic Hauduc, Director of Development, kicked off Microsoft Project Conference 2014 in Anaheim, California with an opening keynote address. At this year’s event, we announced enhancements to Microsoft Project and showcased how it continues to evolve for modern business needs in collaboration, project and portfolio management.

20 million Project users and counting

Microsoft Project has steadily grown to the top of its market, and more than 20 million people are using Project across businesses of all sizes. From large enterprises, including Verizon Communications and the Hilti Corporation, to small and mid-sized businesses, such as Bassier, Bergmann & Kindler, Project is saving businesses time and money.

  • Verizon Communications has realized invaluable time savings and leveraged Project to improve its bottom line. “Project Server is a huge work-force multiplier for us,” says Chris Fullam, Program Manager, Project Management Center of Excellence, Verizon. “We’re saving about four hours per project on creating schedules alone; such time savings add up across 150,000 projects a year.”
  • The Hilti Corporation, a large global construction manufacturer, has significantly reduced IT complexity with Project Online. “By using a cloud-based solution, we got the agility we were seeking,” says Dr. Christian Buddendick, Head of Workplace Platform Services. “We can scale the use of Project Online from 20 people up to 10,000 users. It is easy to use and satisfies nearly 100 percent of our business needs.
  • With less than 200 employees, German marketing agency, Bassier, Bergmann & Kindler  recently upgraded to Project Online and deployed Microsoft SharePoint Online to better share information, model business processes, and access project tools online. “We estimate that we’ll be able to decrease project management time by at least 10 percent by using Project Online,” says Dr. Anders Lehr, a senior project manager.

With Office 365 and apps from our partner ecosystem, Project delivers an integrated PPM experience across devices and enables customers to stay ahead of the latest industry trends. As businesses move to the cloud and work to manage the proliferation of devices, Project Online, built on Office 365, delivers a strong foundation for businesses to realize the benefits of project management beyond IT, expanding into marketing and financial industries as well.

Introducing Project Lite

We’re pleased to introduce Project Lite, a new cloud offering that will become available on May 1, 2014. Project Lite is designed specifically for project team members, with features to view/update Tasks, enter Issues/Risks and Timesheets. At just $7 per user/month, instead of the original $33 per user/month with an annual subscription, Project Lite will bring powerful cloud service to even more people and significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership for our customers.

New developer opportunities for Project

With the new cloud app model, it’s never been easier to build and deploy apps customers trust and we’re inspired by the new solutions we’re seeing.

Our innovative network of partners has already begun creating apps that enhance the Project experience and further differentiate Microsoft in the project management space, including the Sensei Task Analyzer app, which identifies and helps resolve potential problems before they appear. The new PROJILITY ProjectWare Connect app for Project also empowers workers to streamline collaboration through Office 365. We encourage developers to visit the Office Dev Center to get started and welcome customers to check out the new apps for Project in the Office Store.

Thank you to all of our innovative customers, tremendous partners and everyone who continues to make Project such a rewarding business to be a part of. Follow @Project and #ProjConf for real-time updates throughout the conference, and remember that you can try Project Pro for Office 365 and Office 365 for free at

Here’s to thinking big!

— Sajan


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