Microsoft Project Professional 2010 includes all the capabilities of Project Standard 2010, in addition to at-a-glance resource management tools, integration with Project Server, and team collaboration tools using SharePoint Foundation 2010. With Project Professional project management software, managers can stay informed and control project work, schedules, and finances; keep project teams aligned; and be more productive through comprehensive reporting, guided planning, and flexible tools.
The Team Planner in Project Professional combines the functionality of a Gantt chart with the intuitive interface of an Outlook calendar. It provides at-a-glance resource management by allowing users to visually drag and drop resources in an interactive resource view to simplify complex resource scenarios. Users can quickly spot unassigned or unscheduled work as well as overload conditions. They can also drag and drop assignment changes to relieve overload.
The user-controlled scheduling feature in Project Professional is enhanced to allow users to perform what-if analyses and review impacts on schedule and resources using active or inactive tasks.
This product can be used independently or integrated with Project Server 2010 and Project Web Access as the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution, giving users control across all types of work and allowing them to visualize performance through dashboards. Organizations that do not need server connectivity or EPM should consider using Project Standard 2010.
Project schedules in Project Professional can be published to SharePoint Foundation 2010 task lists, allowing team members to independently update task statuses. Updates from team members automatically synchronize with Project schedules.
Any application that accesses the services of Project Server requires a Project Server client access license (CAL). Project Professional 2010 comes with one CAL. This CAL can be used to access the server either directly or through Project Web Access, the Project Server Web client.
Important Volume Licensing Information: With Project 2010, organizations can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). Organizations will be provided with both types of keys on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website.
Microsoft recommends KMS activation only for organizations with at least 50 networked computers requiring activation for Project 2010 or requiring activation for a combination of Project 2010, Office 2010, and Visio 2010 software. Organizations with fewer than 50 computers requiring activation or organizations with non-networked computers should activate their products using a MAK. Microsoft offers instructions on how to use a MAK or KMS key to activate volume editions of Office 2010 software, which also applies to Project 2010.
Acquiring the Installation Media and License Key: Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. Installation media will be shipped to you free of charge.
The license allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received donations for. This quantity is specified in the donation email sent to your organization email address after your eligibility has been verified and your administrative fee has been received. A separate email will give you information about obtaining your license key.
Software Assurance: Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.
• 700-MHz (or higher) processor
• 512 MB or more RAM
• 2.5 GB available hard-disk space
• 1024x768-pixel or higher display
• CD or DVD drive
• Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit) with Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0; Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit); Windows XP with SP3 (32-bit only); Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit); Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
• Internet Explorer 7 or later
Additional requirements for some features or advanced functionality:
• For certain advanced collaboration functionality — Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (64-bit) or later running SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
• For the Import Outlook Tasks feature — Outlook 2003 with SP2 or later; for importing tasks to the Outlook calendar or tasks list — Project Web Access and Exchange Server 2007 with SP1 or later
• For Visual Reports — Excel 2003 with SP2 or later and Visio Professional 2007 or later
• For Enterprise Project Management (EPM) features — Project Server 2010
• For publishing projects and Windows Workflow Foundation — SharePoint Server 2010 (installed as part of Project Server 2010)
• For the Resource Substitution Wizard — Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
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