Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010 Service Pack 1 - On Target

Today, the Office Division announced additional details of the upcoming Service Pack 1 (SP1) here. Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June 2011.

It will be available for all of the Office 2010 applications, including Microsoft Project Standard 2010, Microsoft Project Professional 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010.

In total, we fixed over 200 issues in SP1 for Project and Project Server. Additionally SP1 is a rollup of all the fixes that previously got shipped in cumulative updates that have been released to date.

Microsoft has invested in 4 key fixes. Stay tuned for post on additional details on each of these.

  • Multi-Browser Support for time entry in Project Web App

With SP1, Project Web App pages needed by team members to submit task status and timesheets are supported on FireFox, Safari, and Chrome.

This definitely is going to address some of the key concerns about client side rollout and desktop standards for large enterprise customers.

  • Enhancements to sync’ing Project tasks to a SharePoint task list

SharePoint task list sync now also supports auto scheduled tasks in addition to manually scheduled tasks

  • Time-phased support for manually scheduled tasks

You can now edit time-phased data for manually scheduled tasks in Project and Project Server.

Well value of this feature depends on if customer was using manually scheduled task or not. But for some of the manufacturing domain customer this definitely is going to be value add.

  • Improvements to project scheduling in Project Web App

You can now edit project plans that contain fixed work and effort driven tasks in Project Web App. Big one according me J

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