Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project, is a project management service within the Microsoft 365 applications and add-ins  that allows for the development of schedules, resource assignment, creation of tasks, tracking, budget management, workload review, and the sharing of this information with chosen stakeholders.

This product requires the purchase of Subscription of one of the following MS licenses:

  • Project Plan 3
  • Project Plan 5


Plan Feature Comparison

Project Plan Features Project 3 Project 5
Project Home – Starting in a centralized view, create new project easily, quickly access important, top-of-mind projects, or open projects most recently worked on X X
Grid View – Plan and manage projects, using an order list of tasks X X
Board View – Visually track project tasks for better workflow and status, using out-of-box and custom task boards X X
Timeline (Gantt) View – Track and understand dates, assignments, and the relationship of project tasks in visual timeline view X X
Collaboration and Communication – Work together on projects, using MS Teams X X
Coauthoring – Work together wit stakeholders and team members to edit and update task lists, project schedules, more simultaneously X X
Project planning and scheduling – Includes familiar scheduling tools to assign project tasks to team members and use different view like Grid, Board, and Timeline (Gantt chart) to oversee the schedule.  X X
Reporting – Use pre-built reports to track progress on your projects, resources, programs, and portfolios.  X X
Roadmap – Build visual, interactive roadmaps by aggregating different project types across your organization for visibility  X X
Timesheet submission – Capture project and non-project time spent on payroll, invoicing, and other business tasks. X X
Resource Management – Define the project team request resources for the project, and assign project tasks to those resources X X
Desktop Client - Use fully installed, up-to-date Project desktop app.  One license covers up to five PCs per person. X X
Portfolio Selection and Optimization – Model different portfolio scenarios to determine the best path by weighing project proposals against strategic business drivers.    X
Demand Management – Capture and evaluate project ideas from anywhere in the organization through a standardized process.   X
Enterprise Resource Planning and Management – View and compare how resources are used across projects to optimize assignments.   X
Apps Included –Project Online, Project Online Desktop Client X X


Available to

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students



Microsoft Project is part of a comprehensive software suite available through a subscription model, tailored for the academic sector. The subscription period aligns with the academic year, running from July to June, and offers prorated monthly billing options.


How to Request Service

To view current costs or to purchase a license, please visit iBuyNU Marketplace: Procurement and Payment Services - Northwestern University or Click the appropriate button to the right.


Support Resources

Microsoft Project is a self-service application. Users should contact their local IT support to see if support is offered.
Additionally, online resources are provided by Microsoft, some of which are listed below:

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