History of MS Project 2007
MS Project was actually introduced in 1984 for DOS by a company that was currently working for Microsoft. In usual Microsoft fashion, the company bought all the rights to the software and created a version 2, which they promptly made available to the world. Once Windows came onto the scene, a GUI version of Project was created as well. Beginning in 1992, Microsoft began to crank out new versions every few years - with multiple enhancements and bug fixes - which brings us up to the current version of 2007.
Several versions of MS Project for the Macintosh have been created, beginning in 1991. But unfortunately, the Macintosh OS X does not support any versions of MS Project.
Although technically part of the Microsoft Office Suite, MS Project has never been included as part of the package, it is only sold separately. There are currently four versions of MS Project 2007 on the market:
- Microsoft Office Project Standard 2007
- Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007
- Microsoft Office Project Web Access 2007
- Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
The Professional edition includes the same features as the Standard edition, but with a few enhancements. In conjunction with Project Server, the professional version provides even more functionality. The Web Access version requires Project Server, as it is not a stand-alone product.
The retail price for the Standard edition 2007 is $599.95, for new purchases, and $349.95 for upgrading from a previous version. The Professional edition 2007 rings in at a hefty $995.95 for new purchases and $599.95 for upgrades. The software might be found slightly cheaper on Amazon or a similar retailer, but don't expect a big difference in price unless you are a student. Prices for Project Server and Project Web Access fall under volume licensing guidelines, so you'll need to contact Microsoft directly or an authorized reseller for more information.