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Changes in Office Project 2007

Updated: January 15, 2009

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

Updated: 2009-01-15

This topic lists the changes in Microsoft Office Project 2007 from Microsoft Office 2003.

DBCleanup: Delete Resource Task Changes

Description: The ability to delete Resource Task Changes from the DBCleanup page is removed. The functionality now appears in Publish.

Earned Value recalculations

Description: If customers update their project plans using the new server-side update, Earned Value (EV) field values are not recalculated until the project is opened and saved from the Project client.

Reason for change: The EV feature had very low usage. With the new server-side update process, the focus is placed on higher-usage features for server-side update. EV recalculations are still updated using a client-side save, as they were in earlier versions.

Migration path: The behavior of EV recalculations remains the same. Customers who use EV open, save, and publish project plans as they did in earlier versions.

Filtering: Column headings

Description: ActiveX grids that are migrated to DHTML grids no longer have filtering on column headings.

Reason for change: This was a low-use feature. Reliance on the ActiveX Control is decreased. The DHTML grid requires no download and is more secure.

Outlook Tasks in Project Web Access timesheet

Description: Outlook tasks do not display in the Microsoft Office Project Web Access (PWA) timesheet in Microsoft Office Project 2007.

Reason for change: Customer feedback indicated that customers want to use Outlook as their single point of entry for task and calendar information. The 2007 Microsoft Office system includes improvements for viewing Outlook and Office Project Web Access tasks in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

Migration path: All tasks still reside in Outlook. To get a unified view of Outlook and Office Project Web Access tasks, the user installs the Outlook Integration add-in and synchronizes to Project Server.

Project Center

Description: Redundant fields are removed from Project Center.

Reason for change: The user interface is simplified.

Quick Flags

Description: Quick Flags are replaced by task flags and categories. If in the past a user flagged an item to show that the item was important or that it belonged to a particular group, the user should now mark the item with a category color of their choice. If they formerly used flags to show when they planned to perform tasks, they should now use task flags.

Reason for change: By flagging a task, a user enters an item in the overall task management system. This enables the user to see their tasks in the To-Do Bar, in the task well, and in the task module. By categorizing items, the user can easily scan their Inbox for the items, the same way that they may formerly have scanned their Inbox for flagged items. The user can also find their categorized items in category search folders. These changes enable integration with the Time Management System and allow users to name their colors.

Analyze Timescaled Data in Excel COM Add-In

Description: The Analyze Timescaled Data in Excel COM Add-In is removed from the 2007 Office system.

Reason for change: The functionality of the add-in is replaced by the new Advanced Desktop Reporting system, which uses Excel and Visio to analyze Project data. This change provides a more robust reporting feature set.

Migration path: Users can access the true reporting functionality of the new Advanced Desktop Reporting system from the new Report menu in Project.

XML Reporting Wizard COM Add-In

Description: The XML Reporting Wizard COM Add-In is removed from Project 2007.

Reason for change: The functionality of the add-in is replaced by the new Advanced Desktop Reporting system, which uses Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Microsoft Office Visio 2007 to analyze Office Project 2007 data. This change provides a more robust reporting feature set.

Migration path: Users can access the true reporting functionality of the new Advanced Desktop Reporting system from the new Report menu in Office Project 2007.

Status Reports

Description: The ability to delete Miscellaneous and Archive Status Reports responses is removed. Users should send a request to the administrator to manage responses clean-up.

Reason for change: This enables administrators to have more control over what is deleted.

VBA methods for editing custom fields

Description: Users can no longer edit enterprise custom field definitions by using VBA or the Project object model. Macros that were written for earlier versions of Project will no longer work.

Reason for change: Office Project 2007 supports server-side management of custom fields and calendars. Changes to enterprise custom fields and calendars no longer require a round-trip through Project 2000 or Project 2003 to take effect.

Migration path: Macros must be rewritten as calls to PSI.

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