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Project management comparison: Project Professional 2010 and Project Web App

 

Applies to: Project Server 2010, Project Professional 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2012-02-11

In Microsoft Project Server 2010, Microsoft Project Web App (PWA) has new functionality that previously had only been available in Project Professional. This table compares the Web-based project management capabilities of Project Web App in Project Server 2010 with those same capabilities in Project Professional 2010.

 

Project Web App (2010) Project Professional 2010

Multi-resource assignments: Assign more than one resource for a particular task.

Available

Available

Status change updates: Receive updates on status changes that reschedule the project plan.

Available

Available

Keyboard shortcuts: Use keyboard shortcuts for common operations such as indent/insert.

Available

Available

Task hierarchy: Display and render tasks with hierarchical information.

Available

Available

Indent/Outdent: Apply full indenting/outdenting of tasks in a project plan.

Available

Available

Change highlighting: Easily view project changes and all parts of the schedule affected by the change (successor tasks, summary costs, and so on) with change highlighting.

Available

Available

Multi-level undo: Perform what-if analysis and fully understand the effect of changes by reversing and reapplying a whole set of operations, including views, data, and option changes.

Available

Available

Cut/Copy/Paste: Collaborate on schedule development by copying/pasting schedule details between applications.

Available

Available

Flexible views: Move columns to define a specific view.

Available

Available

High fidelity Gantt charts: Create vivid, colorful Gantt charts; customizable Gantt chart styles.

Available

Available

Grouping: Apply multiple grouping rows to a project plan.

Available

Available

Sorting: Sort project plan data by end-users.

Available

Available

Filtering: Ability to filter project plans by any value in the plan.

Available

Available

Automatically scheduled tasks: Indicate tasks (mode) to be scheduled automatically by using the Project scheduling engine.

Available

Available

Manually scheduled tasks: Indicate tasks (mode) to be scheduled manually.

Available

Available

Linking: Create, edit, and delete task dependency relationships.

Available

Available

Zoom in/zoom out: Use zoom controls on the status bar to quickly change the timeline perspective of your project schedules.

Available

Available

Scroll to task: Select a task and then move the task into view on the Gantt chart.

Available

Available

View and edit custom fields: View and edit project metadata by using custom fields.

Available

Available

Project Information: Edit project-level fields and properties.

Available

Available

Edit large projects: No limit to the size of plans that are editable.

noteNote
Larger projects may have performance limitations, but no limits are built in.

Available

Available

Import from SharePoint task list: Import data from a SharePoint project task list into a project plan.

Available

Available

Connect to Project Server 2010: Connect to Project Server 2010.

Available

Available

Microsoft Office Fluent™ User Interface: Increase productivity with the ribbon, a tab interface to quickly find and use Project features and controls.

Available

Available

Real-time validation: Mark cell data as invalid while you edit, instead of after you save and validate.

Available

Available

Error handling: Handle invalid data and present data in an easy-to-use interface that helps resolve issues.

Available

Available

Fill down: Drag the bottom-right corner of a cell to repeat data in the cells below.

Available

Available

Percent complete: Mark task progress as a percentage of the assigned work that is completed.

Available

Available

Cost and material resource assignments: Assign Cost Resources or Material Resources to tasks

noteNote
Assignments cannot be made through PWA, but previous assignments from Project Professional 2010 are available as Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Inactive tasks: Mark a task as inactive.

noteNote
In PWA, tasks marked as inactive in Project Professional 2010 are Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Edit master projects: Edit master projects.

noteNote
In PWA, master projects are Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Cross-project links: Create, edit, and delete a dependency relationship with a task in another project.

noteNote
In PWA, editing cross-project links is not supported; cross-project links created in Project Professional 2010 are Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Summary task assignment: Create a resource assignment on a summary task.

noteNote
In PWA, creating summary task assignments is not supported. Summary task assignments created in Project Professional 2010 are Read-Only in PWA.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Task calendars: Define a custom calendar associated with a task.

noteNote
In PWA, task calendars cannot be used, and project plans created in Project Professional 2010 that contain task calendars are available as Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

SharePoint 2010 Project Task Lists: Accept status updates for SharePoint 2010 project task lists.

noteNote
In Project Professional 2010, project task list status updates are synchronized/bi-directional with SharePoint Server 2010 after the plan is published. In PWA, project task list status updates are one-way and only occur from the SharePoint project task list to PWA.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Edit sub-projects: Edit sub-projects inside a master project.

noteNote
In PWA, sub-projects cannot be added to a project, and master projects are Read-Only. Sub-projects can be edited separately from a master project.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Task deadlines: Create deadlines for a task

noteNote
In PWA, deadlines are displayed but cannot be created.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Edit task type: Edit a task type.

noteNote
In PWA, task type is not an editable field.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

WBS codes: Define custom Work Breakdown Structure codes.

noteNote
In PWA, viewing custom codes is supported, but changing the code definition is not.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Create baselines: Create a snapshot baseline of the current project plan.

noteNote
Baselines created in Project Professional 2010 can be viewed in PWA as Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

Available

Time-phased editing: Edit plans and work on a day-by-day basis.

noteNote
Time-phased data in manually scheduled tasks can be viewed in PWA as Read-Only.

Limited or Read-Only

noteNote
Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 allows you to edit time-phased values for manually scheduled tasks in PWA.

Available

Fixed work tasks: Define the type of a task as fixed work.

noteNote
In PWA, tasks cannot be created as fixed work, and project plans created in Project Professional 2010 that contain fixed work tasks are Read-Only in PWA.

Limited or Read-Only

noteNote
Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 allows you to edit a project plan with fixed work tasks in PWA.

Available

Effort-driven tasks: Edit projects that contain effort-driven tasks.

noteNote
In PWA, you cannot edit the effort-driven field. However, a task whose effort-driven field was set in Project Professional will calculate correctly when edited in PWA.

Limited or Read-Only

noteNote
Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 allows you to edit effort-driven tasks in PWA.

Available

Timeline: Build and customize the timeline view to visualize schedule details and communicate with stakeholders.

Available

Team planner: Drag and drop resources in an interactive resource view to simplify complex resource scenarios.

Available

Resource leveling: Recognize and correct resource over-allocation scenarios by using various automatic resource-leveling techniques.

Available

Edit assignment fields: Edit assignment views.

Available

Paste with task hierarchy: Paste hierarchical information that is included, such as indentations.

Available

Network diagram view: View, edit, create, and delete tasks in a network diagramming view.

Available

Task Form View: View, edit, create, and delete tasks in a form view.

Available

Task Information dialog box: See task details by using a dialog interface.

Available

Blank (null) Tasks: Create blank rows (blank, or null, tasks) in a project plan.

Available

Automatic calculation: Schedule the whole project plan, instead of only the current task, without pressing Calculate or F9.

Available

Text formatting: Modify text formatting by using colors and styles.

Available

Edit calendars: Edit calendars for your projects.

Available

Define local custom fields: Define local custom fields by users.

noteNote
In PWA, only users who have administrator permissions can define local custom fields.

Available

Split tasks: Split tasks and show them as split in the Gantt chart.

Available

Backstage view: Quickly access Project tools, templates, and program options by using the new Microsoft Office Backstage view.

Available

Assignment units: Change the percentage units for each resource.

Available

Task Inspector: Get analysis and intuitive guidance to resolve scheduling conflicts, which you can choose whether to act upon.

Available

Offline editing: Edit project plans when you are not connected to Project Server 2010.

Available

For information about PWA functionality improvements in Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1, see the Microsoft Project 2010 blog post, Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=241595).

For information about how to apply Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1, see Deploy Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2010.

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