Microsoft Project vs Zoho Projects
Last updated: March 31, 2020
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.
Zoho Projects is an online project management software with collaboration and bug tracking that allows project teams to collaborate and get work done faster. Planning and Tracking helps you keep your project on schedule. Collaboration helps improve the communication within the team. And the Bug Tracking module allows you to track the bugs that software projects are bound to generate and fix all bugs in time.
Microsoft Project vs Zoho Projects in our news:
2020. Zoho Projects gets improved Gantt chart
Zoho has upgraded and refurbished Gantt chart feature in Zoho Projects to include more capabilities, making it easier than ever to work with it. In particular, iin new UI, your unscheduled tasks are present under the tag “unscheduled” before your actual timeline begins. Just drag and drop an unscheduled task to the timeline to schedule it automatically. The new “Full Screen” view helps you focus on seemingly minor but essential details by utilizing . Also you can now customize the data your taskbars show inside the Gantt chart to include information like the start/end date, task owner, overdue status, and task name.
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.
2019. Zoho brings Zia AI assistant to its project management app
Zia (Zoho's AI-based chatbot) from now can streamline activities in Zoho Projects. Zia has a conversational interface where you can get immediate responses to your questions on tasks, issues, and events modules in Zoho Projects. Zia can also suggest or recommend actions based on your project related activities. For example, when you’re on a tight schedule and you want to know your upcoming events, you can simply chat with Zia and request “Zia, list my upcoming events”. Zia will instantaneously list all your upcoming events. Moreover, you can ask Zia about any task or issue details such as your active tasks, status of a task, due date of a task, unassigned tasks, overdue tasks, user details, tasks in a task list, and similar issue details.
2018. Zoho Projects gets enhanced Gantt chart
Zoho came up with more upgrades for its project management app Zoho Projects, including an enhanced Gantt chart that supports all four types of task dependencies, custom views for tasks, and plenty more. The new Zoho People integration brings in vacation or time-off details about your team members into Projects, so that you can make sure tasks or bugs don’t wait on them when they are unavailable. The task and bug timers can now be paused and resumed instead of stopping and restarting from the beginning. With the new Zoho Meeting integration, you can simply click Meet Now on the Task Details page to meet your team online and clarify questions, resolve problems, or make decisions. Recall that in October last year Zoho launched another project management tool - Zoho Sprints.
2017. Zoho Projects 6 brings new customization opportinities
Zoho released a new version of its project management tool Zoho Projects 6 that will more easily adapt to diverse project requirements. It adds Custom fields and Custom statuses for tasks, Layouts - templates from which you can model your projects, ability to set Custom logo and domain name, advanced task reports, revamped Task details page, uniform design across all modules, new and searchable Setup page, custom field based reports, Kanban view by status, enhanced task filters.
2016. Zoho Projects adds staff-based billing
Project management service Zoho Projects has supported billing based on project hours since the beginning, and now it adds support of billing based on staff hours too. You can now assign a rate to each of your employees and see it reflected in your invoices. For example, for a project like the concert, where different users with varied skill levels are working on different tasks, you need to bill your client based on staff hours. You want each employee to have a different rate according to their skills and the nature of the work they’re doing, so that you’re always billing your clients appropriately.
2016. Zoho Projects adds gamification layer
Zoho is adding the gamification layer Gamescope across different products (first to Zoho Projects) to help users turn tedious work into an exciting game. Points are awarded for making progress with work such as completing tasks, closing tickets and deals, and resolving bugs. This is tracked in a scorecard. Each game happens within a time frame; think of it as a basketball game. The ones who score the maximum points when the game ends win trophies. Apart from these, you also collect badges by achieving specific targets. And the winners get to show off their badges and trophies in the scorecard or in their individual profile pages. And the winners get to show off their badges and trophies in the scorecard or in their individual profile pages.
2016. Microsoft unveiles Project Server 2016, inpired by Cloud
Microsoft has announced general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers. Microsoft says that its performance and scale are inspired by cloud - from an engineering standpoint, Project Server is built from the same code used to deliver company's cloud service. As for the functionality, Project Server 2016 release looks largely similar to the 2013 version, but it expands functions at resource management, into resource engagements with heat map displays, adds capacity to bring transparency to the interaction between project planning and line planning, removes the Resource Plan from the Project Web App interface as Microsoft Project 2016 expanded to include this function. Microsoft also released a content pack for Power BI Dashboards which integrates with its cloud-based Project Online offering.
2015. Zoho Projects gets the power of Zoho Docs
The Documents module in project management app Zoho Projects just got a big boost. You can now create rich documents, spreadsheets and presentations right here and work on them collaboratively with your team. This update powered by Zoho Docs lets you do a lot more and here are some of the benefits. All these documents can be co-created; i.e. more than one person can work on them at the same time. You can chat with all the collaborators as you go, right within the document window. Getting feedback is easy; each letter in your text documents and each cell in your spreadsheets can be commented on. An inbuilt versioning system lets you view the changes a document has gone through, and if needed revert to an older version.
2015. Zoho Projects 5 brings new faster interface and useful features
New version of the popular project management app Zoho Projects 5 provides a new UI that is faster, more appealing and with a full-screen design that makes the best use of your display. The new version also introduced Work Hours for tasks. You can now set the number of hours for a resource—independent of duration—and specify this in multiple ways (eg, work hours per day, the percentage of hours per day, or leave it at total work hours and let Projects 5 do the rest). Another new feature - SLA Automation. Zoho Projects 5 ensures contractual compliance to your customers by setting up automated escalations, based on defined criteria. Thanks to integration with accounting system Zoho Books, you can now allocate a budget for your projects, record expenses, edit them, and view expense reports—without ever leaving Projects.