Microsoft Project vs Wrike
Last updated: November 21, 2019
Microsoft Project is a project management software program developed and sold by Microsoft which is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. The application creates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology third-party add-ons are also available. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are visualized in a Gantt chart.
Juggling multiple projects? Wrike makes it easy and efficient for you. It lets you easily adjust plans on the Gantt chart, optimize schedules in the workload view, create custom reports, track time and much more — all with a few mouse clicks.
Microsoft Project vs Wrike in our news:
2019 - Microsoft Project becomes user-friendly
Microsoft Project is, of course, the most famous and legendary project management software, but it can be hardly called simple and user-friendly, especially in comparison with a most of new cloud services such as Asana, Basecamp, Trello or Wrike. Microsoft finally understood this, and made a massive redesign of the system. As you can see, the presentation video is focused on simplicity (like even a child can use it). Nevertheless, the developers also managed to implement several new features: kanban board, resource management, budget analysis, and time and expense tracking. In addition from now use Microsoft Project as a subscription service for $10 per month per user.
2018 - Wrike integrates with Microsoft Teams to take on Microsoft Project
Own Microsoft's project management tool for Office 365 (Microsoft Planner) - is not so popular yet. That is why integration between team messenger Microsoft Teams and popular project management service Wrike makes sense. First of all the integration allows companies to use single sign-on for Office 365 and Wrike user-accounts. Second, in any Teams chat you can add Wrike's tab with needed project, where you can work with task list and timeline view. Any task can be published to Teams chat for discussion and collaboration. Besides, in Teams chat you can automatically receive project notifications from Wrike. It's very easy to connect Wrike to Teams - it takes just several clicks in the Teams Store.
2016 - Wrike launched project management tool for marketers to keep up with Smartsheet
Project management service Wrike is looking at how it can better serve certain verticals through more specialized products. With Wrike for Marketers, the company launched the first of its new vertical solutions this week. Targeting marketers was an easy choice because 40 percent of the company’s new revenue is already coming from this vertical. Unsurprisingly, the product was designed around the typical marketing workflow, which often revolves around briefs, requests, assignments, reviews and approvals. The Wrike team also noticed that a lot of the creative work in marketing agencies happens in Adobe tools like Photoshop and InDesign. To integrate these into Wrike, the company built an extension for the Adobe Creative Cloud that brings some of Wrike’s features right into Adobe’s tools.
2015 - Project management service Wrike raised $15M
Project management and collaboration platform Wrike has raised a $15 million Series B round. “At a time of huge digital transformation in the workplace, our customers were stuck with a choice between overly complex enterprise IT solutions that were impractical, or overly simple tools and apps that don’t scale,” said Wrike CEO and Founder Andrew Filev in a canned statement. “Our goal was to bridge that gap with our enterprise product and focus on smoothly integrated, scalable customization. Now each customer can easily configure Wrike to support their unique business goals.” He also argues that its recent addition of new customization options has allowed it to gain extra traction in the enterprise world, where it’s typically quite a hassle to add individualized features to services like Wrike.
2014 - Project Management app Wrike improves customization options to win over Basecamp
Work management and collaboration service Wrike unveiled so-called “dynamic platform,” that gives users the ability to customize the service to their needs. The new Custom Fields let you configure each project to track exactly what you need. Need to track budgets? Priority? Custom statuses? No problem. Whether you’re in Product Development, Marketing, Finance, or any other team, you can now configure your projects with exactly what matters to you. This feature is available to Wrike Enterprise customers. Also the new feature is Table View that works like a spreadsheet, making it easier to use for project planning. Besides, Wrike added integrations with Evernote, Wufoo, Zendesk, and more tools.
2014 - Wrike allows to convert any web page into task. Redbooth is in panic
Popular project management service Wrike added a clever Chrome extension that lets users annotate the web. Using the extension, Wrike users can not only pull in information from any website, but more importantly, when other team members land on that site, they will see that there are tasks associated with it. In a way, this is similar to web annotation tools, but none of those have ever had much impact, likely because they weren’t integrated into any other productivity applications. Other new features include the ability to include outside parties to Wrike projects, something the company argues is especially important for agencies that work with their clients.
2013 - Wrike turns into Google Wave to stand out over Microsoft Project
Remember Google Wave? That was the super-app for collaboration that Google has closed. But, as you know, not everything that Google closes - is bad thing. That's why it's not surprising that other providers are following Google Wave's best practices. For example, the project management service Wrike. Last year Wrike implemented real time collaboration editing of task and project pages. And now they have added the "playback" feature that allows to track text changes. So If you were offline or was busy doing other things for a while and then come back to the task - you can quickly run through the change history of the task from the beginning to the end. You can also roll back the task to one of the intermediate versions. In general, if you now look at the Wrike interface right now, you'll definitely remember the Google Wave.
2012 - Microsoft Project and SharePoint will join Office 365
Together with SharePoint 2013 (probably in early 2013) Microsoft will release its project management system Microsoft Project 2013. These two systems have become inseparable, because SharePoint is used as a collaboration layer under the administrative component of MS Project. With the new version, this integration will become even tighter. You'll be able to start a new project by creating a simple page with a task list and calendar in SharePoint, and only when you need more close control over the project you'll be able to turn on this project management in the MS Project. But of course, the main news about Project 2013 is appearance of the online version Project Online, that will be available in the Office 365 cloud. And, (like in case with new SharePoint Online), developers will be able to create their own add-ons and even sell them via Office marketplace.
Microsoft promises that Project Online will support all browsers. However, the online version will not have all the features of the desktop syster. In particular, there will be no new super reporting module, which is already admired by all MS Project fans.
2012 - Socialcast and Wrike go freemium
Freemium scheme is becoming more and more popular in the Enterprise 2.0 space. Two more popular SaaS services Socialcast and Wrike - have released the free versions with wide feature set. Socialcast - is the service for building corporate social networks, which is owned by VMWare. Unlike its main competitors (Chatter and Yammer), which offer free versions for unlimited number of users, but with limited functionality, Socialcast is offering free subscription for up to 50 users, but without any functional limitations. The main advantage of this offering is the high level of security and administrative tools.
Wrike - is a popular online project management tool. The free version of Wrike will be attractive for small businesses and workgroups. It is designed for 5 users, that can create and assign tasks and unlimited number of collaborators that may participate in the teamwork (for example, it may be clients or freelancers). Note that the free version (unlike the paid) doesn't include Gantt Chart and time-tracker.
2011 - Wrike launches free project management tool for Google Apps
Wrike is one of the best project management services. It provides really simple and effective task collaboration tools and is closely integrated with email. 2,000+ new companies sign up for Wrike every month. And it's used even by Salesforce, which has recently launched the own similar service - Do.com. But Wrike had one drawback compared to other popular tools like Basecamp, Teamlab or already mentioned Do.com - it didn't provide a free version. But now this drawback is fixed. Wrike has launched the free version for 5 users (and 2Gb) for Google Apps Marketplace. So besides the free plan, now you can use Wrike in combination with Google tools: create tasks directly in GMail, sync projects with Google Calendar and attach Google Docs to Wrike's tasks. And of course, you can log into Wrike using your Google Apps account. By the way, the 5-user limitation applies only for employees of your company. You can invite an unlimited number of users to collaborate on tasks.