Project Online Service Description

Office 365
 

Applies to: Office 365

Topic Last Modified: 2016-09-15

Project Online is a flexible online solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Delivered through Office 365, Project Online provides powerful project management capabilities for planning, prioritizing, and managing projects and project portfolio investments — from almost anywhere on almost any device. Project Online can be used by administrators, portfolio managers and viewers, project and resource managers, and team leads and members.

Project Online is available in three plans — Project Online Essentials, Project Online Professional, and Project Online Premium.

To compare features across plans, see Compare Project Online plans.

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The following Project Online plans are available. To learn more aboutProject Online, see Getting Started with Project Online.

 

Plan

Description

Target users

Project Online Essentials*

  • Web-based interface for team members

  • Update tasks, issues, and risks

  • Submit timesheets

  • Share documents and collaborate with Skype for Business presence

Team members

Project Online Professional*

  • All of the Project Online Essentials functionality

  • Rich user interface through desktop client

  • Anytime/anywhere access through Web interface

  • Project scheduling and costing

  • Resource management

  • Publishing projects to the cloud

  • Includes the most current version of the Project desktop application, instantly streamed to your Windows PC.

  • Each subscription license allows for up to five concurrent installations of the Project desktop application.

Project managers, administrators

Project Online Premium*

  • All of the Project Online Professional functionality

  • Portfolio selection and optimization

  • Demand management

  • Enterprise resource management

  • Out-of-box portfolio reports

Portfolio and resource managers, administrators

*Project Online Essentials, Project Online Professional, and Project Online Premium also are offered as part of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, a version of Office 365 that is specific to China.

 

Feature

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Project Online Professional

Project Online Professional for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Project Online Premium

Project Online Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Project Professional 2016

Project Professional 2016 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Project Server 2016

Project Server 2016 for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet

Core functionality (desktop client)

Add columns

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Backstage

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Click-to-Run

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Contextual right-click menus

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Custom fields

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Enhanced copy and paste across Microsoft Office applications

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Gantt chart, calendar, and task sheet views

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Microsoft Fluent user interface, the ribbon

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Multiple-level undo

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Network diagram view

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Office Store

No

Yes2

Yes2

Yes2

No

Online help

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

PDF and XPS output

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Placeholder text in Project fields

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Project templates

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Start experience

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Text wrap

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Timeline view

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Zoom controls

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Project planning (desktop client)

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Baseline rollup

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Budget planning

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Compare project versions

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Deadlines

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Filtering

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Formulas and graphical indicators

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Group and sort Project data

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Reports

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Team Planner

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Task management (desktop client)

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Active and inactive tasks

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Auto-complete

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic scheduling

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Calendar date extended to 2149

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Cross-project Critical Path

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Task inspector

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Task Path analysis

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Top-down summary tasks

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Update progress

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

User-controlled and manual scheduling

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Project resource management (desktop client)

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Cost resources

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Manage nonworking time

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Resource leveling

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Resource sheet and usage views

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Resource substitution

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Team resources

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Work, generic, and material resources

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Project publishing (desktop client)

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Create a Project site

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Master projects on SharePoint

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Presence with Skype for Business

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Publish Projects to Project Server or Project Online

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Save a Project MPP file to SharePoint

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Task List Sync to SharePoint

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Core services functionality

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Active Directory integration

Yes1

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Administration, Deployment, and Extensibility

Yes3, 5

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Getting Started

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Issues and risk management (for team members)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Office 365 Trust Center

Yes3

Yes2

Yes4

N/A

N/A

PPM Partner ecosystem

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Service reliability

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

N/A

Service updates

Yes

Yes

Yes

N/A

N/A

Team member collaboration

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Time and task management (for team members)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Project management

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Issues and risk management

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Manage project resources

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Schedule management

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Time and task management

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Portfolio management

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Analyze projects and optimize portfolio

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Create and edit projects

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Financial management

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Participate in workflow

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Portfolio analytics and selection

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Program management

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Reporting and business intelligence

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

OData feeds

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Out-of-the-box portfolio dashboards

No

No

Yes

No

No

Power BI content pack

No

No

Yes

No

No

Project desktop reporting

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Resource management

Project Online Essentials

Project Online Professional

Project Online Premium

Project Professional 2016

Project Server 2016

Approve/reject/modify incoming resource engagement requests

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Manage resource pool

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Plan resource capacity

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

Request resource agreements

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

View available resources and build teams

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

NoteNote:
1   Active Directory integration includes Project Online Essentials users. However, a Project Online subscription is required to manage Active Directory integration.
2 Not available in Project Online Professional for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
3 Not available in Project Online Essentials for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
4 Not available inProject Online Premium for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet.
5 Only extensibility for team member scenarios is supported.

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