Microsoft Project is the dominant project management software for PC, and has been widely used to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. Project has the following improved features and enhancements: Improved user interface with ribbon and Backstage View. New viewing options such as Team Planner and Timeline. Easier view customization such as Zoom Slider. User-controlled scheduling.
Alan M. Boyd, Microsoft's Manager of Product Development, introduced the application as an internal tool to help manage the huge number of software projects that were in development at any time inside the company. Boyd wrote the specification and engaged a local Seattle company to develop the prototype.