Looking Forward to the New Year and Project 2013!

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I’m getting ready to make my New Year’s Resolution and excited about working more with Project 2013! To simplify what’s new, I am going to devote this blog post to the client or desktop version of Project (Project Standard and Project Professional) that most of us are familiar with.

In Project 2013, there are several options to choose from:

* Project Professional and Project Standard for **Personal Computer Users**
* Project Professional for **Office 365**

## Project 2013 for Personal Computer Users

Project Standard 2013 and Project Professional 2013 are available to be licensed per computer just like in the past.

## Project 2013 for Office 365 Subscribers

Project Professional is now available in this cloud-based/online subscription format.

Since its launch in June 2011, Office 365 is already being used in over 40 countries and in over 20 languages. The main advantages of Office 365 is software updates are taken care of by Microsoft and your tailored software profiles travel with you to any computer you log into.

Read more about [Office 365 on Microsoft’s product page](http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/what-is-office365.aspx “Read more about Microsoft’s Office 365”).

## What to Look Forward to in Project 2013

### Clean, Simplified Interface

Your favorite features are still there, and in the same place (_thank goodness_).

Areas that used to create confusion have been altered. For example, clicking the **File** tab previously did not hide other **Ribbon** tabs and this sometimes created confusion when you were trying to figure out if you were in the file related features or schedule related features.

Problem solved, take a look.

Here, you can see the Ribbon as it appears in the Gantt Chart view.

Here, you can see the Ribbon as it appears in the Gantt Chart view.

When you click on a file in the Ribbon in Project 2013, you see this.

When you click on a file in the Ribbon in Project 2013, you see this.

### Getting Started is Even Easier!

There is a very helpful walk-through of features to showcase what the software offers for both the beginner and experienced user. I think this is the “get excited” feature.

The Project Professional 2013 Getting Started walk-through

The Project Professional 2013 Getting Started walk-through.

### More Advanced Features for Experienced Schedulers

Task Path Highlighting gives you visual reference points on the Gantt Chart to help you follow predecessors or driving predecessors. This is especially useful when you need to crash the critical path and are looking for opportunities to make changes.

A look at driving predecessors with Task Path Highlighting.

A look at driving predecessors with Task Path Highlighting.

### Reporting is Leaps and Bounds Ahead of the Last Version

Graphical reporting that is easy to read, understand, and share with other Office applications. The new reporting features have already encouraged some of our customers to plan their upgrade to this version within the next few months.

Critical Task reporting in Project Professional 2013.

Critical Task reporting in Project Professional 2013.

Overview Dashboard reporting in Project Professional 2013.

Overview Dashboard reporting in Project Professional 2013.

## Interested in trying it out?

* Project Standard 2013 is currently _not_ available in a trial version.
* Project Professional 2013 has a [60 day trial version](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973401 “Download the Project Professional 2013 free trial”), including system requirements.
* [Office 365 has a trial version](http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/free-office365-trial-si.aspx “Download the Office 365 trial”) as well.

**Note**: Trial time varies based on subscription option.

* Project Professional 2013 for Office 365: Following the install of Office 365, use the **Admin** page and choose **Download software** to select the Project Preview.
* Buy Project Professional 2013: Available to many business customers already, available to the general public first quarter 2013.

**Note**: Office 365 includes a complete offering of Project Online solutions (formerly referred to as Project Server and Project Web App). The complete solution for Office 365 is discussed in [this blog post](http://blogs.office.com/b/project/archive/2012/07/25/project-online-in-the-cloud-with-office-365.aspx “Project Online: In the cloud with Office 365!”) by Heather OCull.

I welcome your comments to this blog post and if you want to be on our list for a future Project 2013 training class, send an e-mail to info@advisicon.com.

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