Trying to figure out whether to get the Standard or Professional version of Microsoft Project 2013? I have listed the following feature differences below, that will hopefully help you make a better decision.

Team Planner

The Team Planner is only available if you have the Professional version of Microsoft Project 2013. The Team Planner allows you to assign tasks that have not yet been assigned as well as move tasks between resources, such as in the case of overallocation. The Team Planner is the default view under the Resource tab if you have Project Professional. If you have Project Standard, the Resource Sheet is the default view.

Project Server

The ability to connect to Project Server is only available if you have Project Professional. Project Server is useful in portfolio management and team collaboration tools.

Generic Resources

Only Project Professional contains a Generic Resource checkbox to indicate that a Work resource is generic. This is helpful if you know the role that is needed to complete the task, but you have not yet been assigned a specific resource.

Inactive Tasks

Only Project Professional allows you to inactivate tasks. When you inactivate a task, the software formats the task with gray font and uses the strikethrough font effect, hollows out the Gantt bar, treats the task as if it has 0 hours of remaining work, no longer reflects resource availability, and cancels the dependency relationship. The benefit of using an inactive task versus deleting the task, is that when you delete a task that has a baseline it will created negative variance in the project and you won’t be able to tell why.


There are also a few other settings and features that are specific to Project Professional, that I list below:

  • Resource Graph View -> Proposed resource assignments (indicated with a purple bar)
  • Project Information -> Enterprise Custom Fields
  • Project Options -> Cache Section
  • Developer -> Manage -> Open Enterprise Global
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