Some months back, Microsoft acquired Wunderlist to integrate into its wide array of Office products and services. Wunderlist is a great to-do list app and is readily available on Windows 10. Last week, Office 365 Planner was unveiled, providing users with a simple, sleek way to do lightweight project management tasks. Microsoft continues to bring new improvements and new apps to its arsenal with each new acquisition. With Wunderlist, Office 365 Planner, and Project Online, Microsoft created great cloud-based solutions for not just simple tasks, but also for more complex projects, anytime, and on any device.
According to the Project Team at Office Blogs, Microsoft has partnered with Sensei Project Solutions, Inc., and Projectum ApS to create Office and SharePoint Add-ins for Project Online. The acquisitions of Sensei Project Solutions and Projectum ApS helped Microsoft take Project Online to more people by providing mobile applications for their project and portfolio management (PPM) needs on multiple mobile platforms. Here is a list of the results of Microsoft's latest acquisitions:
- Sensei Task Master app (Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone) - use to enter timesheets and mobile task management.
- Sensei Project Dashboard app (iPad) - perfect companion for the project manager on-the-go; provides you with your ongoing project lists.
- Sensei Portfolio Dashboard app (iPad, Project Online) - provides multiple PPM reports, industry-wide analysis of your PPM to increase visibility and help show you how you can better utilize your projects and resources.
In addition to these mobile apps, Microsoft also acquired the Project Financials and Project Snapshot add-ins from Projectum ApS. The Project Financials add-in helps you manage real-time project cost data and weigh the risks and benefits based on project forecasts. The Project Snapshot add-in helps project managers to provide a multi-layered snapshot of all project information, like budget, costs, and more. Microsoft will continue to improve the available add-ins and will continue to look for more acquisitions to further improve Project Online to provide the most comprehensive project experience.