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Merlin vs Microsoft Project vs SharePoint System Properties Comparison

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SystemsMerlin  Xexclude from comparisonMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonSharePoint  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionMerlin is a project management software for OS X.Project planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.SharePoint is a web application framework and collaboration platform.
CategoryProject PlanningProject PlanningProject Collaboration
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 1.06
Rank #226
Score 908.30
Rank #3
Score 2,131.19
Rank #1
DeveloperProjectWizardsMicrosoftMicrosoft
Websiteprojectwizards.netmicrosoft.com/­microsoft-365/­project/­project-management-softwareproducts.office.com/­en-us/­sharepoint
Technical documentationprojectwizards.net/­en/­support/­documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­en-us/­sharepoint/­dev
Social network pages
LinkedIn107followers
Twitter1,942followers
LinkedIn16,848followers
Twitter34,573followers
Facebook104,339followers
LinkedIn57,470followers
Twitter207,118followers
Initial release200419842001
LicenseCommercialCommercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Commercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoSharePoint Online
Web-based architecturenoinfoweb interface is availableyesinfoProject Onlineyes
Programming languageC#
Operating systemsOS XWindowsWindows
Mobile appsiOSnoinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existAndroidinfonumerous 3rd-party apps
iOSinfonumerous 3rd-party apps
Windows Phoneinfonumerous 3rd-party apps
APIinfoApplication Programming Interfacenoyesyesinfoseveral sets of APIs, including object models and REST web service.
Multi-useryesyesinfoProject Onlineyes
Authentication mechanismPasswordActive DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePassword
Active Directory
NotificationsnoEmailinfoProject OnlineEmail
Mobile push
RSS feeds
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlynoyes
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyes
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountnoyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-on
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review TechniqueyesinfoNet plan viewyes
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyes
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesyes
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyes
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesyes
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesyes
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyes
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsyesno
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsnoyes
Project Collaboration Properties
Project wikiyesinfoSharePoint pages
Discussion forumyes
Online chatyes
Audio conferencingnoinfoavailable via Microsoft Lync and other products
Video conferencingnoinfoavailable via Microsoft Lync and other products
Screen sharingyes
Calendar sharingyes
Contact sharingyes
Document sharingyes
File versioningyes

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