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Microsoft Buys Partner Apps for Project Online Mobile Support

Microsoft today announced the purchase of project and portfolio management (PPM) apps from two of its partners for integration into Office 365 services.

One of the partners is Sensei Project Solutions Inc., a Phoenix-based solutions provider that was the 2014 Microsoft PPM partner of the year award winner. The other partner is Projectum ApS, a Danish software company that won this year's Microsoft PPM partner of the year award. The solutions are being integrated into Microsoft Project Online, which is part of some Office 365 service plans.

Three apps were purchased from Sensei Project Solutions Inc. First, Microsoft purchased the Sensei Task Master app, which shows timesheets and tasks on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices. Next, Microsoft bought the Sensei Portfolio Dashboard app, which shows overall PPM reports on iPads. Lastly, Microsoft purchased the Sensei Project Dashboard app for project managers, which works with iPads.

Microsoft bought two add-in solutions from its partner Projectum Aps. One of them is called "Project Financials," which helps users with "time-phased cost data" management. The other add-in, called "Project Snapshot," shows overall project information, "such as budget, actual cost, KPIs and more."

The announcement hinted that the apps purchases, along with Microsoft's acquisition of software list maker 6Wunderkinder in June, were being done to broaden Microsoft's mobile PPM solutions, as enabled via Office and SharePoint. They enhance the mobile capabilities of Microsoft's Project Online solution.

"Between Wunderlist, Office 365 Planner and Project Online, you now have tailored, cloud-based solutions to help you manage everything from simple tasks to the most advanced projects, programs and portfolios, anytime, anywhere, on any device," Microsoft's announcement stated.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for 1105 Media's Converge360 group.

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