Microsoft Project Surpasses 3 Millionth-Customer Mark

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 7, 1998 — From Imark Communication’s ProjectWorld, Microsoft Corp. today announced that over 3 million customers worldwide have chosen Microsoft® Project as their preferred planning and tracking tool. Organizations ranging from small businesses to companies with over 15,000 project managers are picking Microsoft
Project 98 for its ability to create a project management environment customized for their businesses. Microsoft Project continues to win industry recognition for its category leadership. Most recently, Microsoft Project 98 received PC/Computing’s 1998 MVP Award and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award for project management software, was PC Week’s Analyst Choice and made Windows Magazine Win 100.

Microsoft Project is valuable as both a desktop tool and a component in a larger organizational project management environment. Microsoft Project provides software developers with a wide range of customization and extensibility technologies. Over 50 companies use Microsoft Project to develop solutions for their customers that offer a wide selection of features including enterprise reporting, resource management and tracking.

“Since our rollout of Microsoft Project 98, our business has seen tremendous gains from our usage of project management as a business technique,”
said Reed Shell, IT project manager at Basic American Foods. “Microsoft Project really freed us up to focus on what’s important: our customers and our products. The software makes it easy for users of all levels of ability to manage, track and report on their projects; plus, with the Web-based collaboration features built in, we have information that is accurate and timely – which makes our project information a great decision-making tool.”

“It’s great to see more and more business managers finding that by using Microsoft Project, they can keep up with increasing demands for tracking projects on time and on budget,”
said Michael Ahern, group product manager for Microsoft Project at Microsoft.
“We’re very pleased with the phenomenal growth we have seen in such a short period of time.”

The success of Microsoft Project 98 is due to Microsoft’s inclusion of several core product features:

  • A powerful scheduling engine, which provides users with complete control over project planning

  • The ability to communicate with team members and share information through Web-based collaboration features

  • Easy-to-use interface that is compatible with Microsoft Office

  • Extensive customization capabilities through standard Office technology and an open data architecture

Combined, these enhancements give users the ability to create a project management environment customized for their businesses.

Microsoft Project 98 is currently available for a 60-day trial download on the Microsoft Project Web site at . To use Microsoft Project 98, users need a personal computer with a 486 or higher processor, the Microsoft Windows® 95 or Windows NT® operating system version 3.51 or later, 12 MB of RAM on the Windows 95 operating system or 16 MB on the Windows NT operating system, 20-40 MB of available hard disk space (30 MB for a typical installation), and a VGA or higher-resolution video adapter. A

Windows-compatible network and MAPI-compliant mail system or a leading Web server and Web browser are required for workgroup functionality.

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