If you have been following Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation (or: PSA), you probably know that the solution currently available is version 3. You might also know that, in keeping with Microsoft’s twice-annual update schedule, new features will become available in the spring.

However, you might not have heard about the latest exciting developments, which were only announced recently at Microsoft’s developer conference, Ignite.

Let us fill you in.

PSA and Microsoft Project to converge

In the two years since its release, the most frequent feedback Microsoft received from partners and users regarding PSA was that it should work more like its most successful project management software, Microsoft Project.

Project has been available since 1984 and has become one of the most popular project management software on the market. Organizations around the world value its rich planning and controlling features.

PSA, on the other hand, is still relatively new. Released in late 2016, the end-to-end-solution is aimed at project-based revenue-generating enterprises or departments and also covers financial aspects of projects.

Now, the PSA product team has decided to converge the two solutions.

PSA + Project: The best of both worlds

This is being achieved by closer collaboration between the Dynamics 365 and Office 365 (of which Project is a part) teams and making the next cloud-based version of Project available on the Common Data Service for Apps.

Through this convergence, PSA users will benefit from the project planning and controlling features of Project. Project users that have thus far been skeptical about PSA will be able to continue to work with the highly sophisticated solution they are used to and additionally profit from advanced financial features of PSA.

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