Project for the web

Microsoft announce the availability of “the new Project” or “Project for the web”, the most recent offering for cloud-based work and project management. A brand new Project Plan 1 will be available at $10 per user per month to manage projects through a browser, with Project Plan 3 ($30 per user per month) and Project Plan 5 ($55 per user per month) available with access to additional functionality and the choice of managing projects with the desktop client. Note that these plans are renamed from Project Online Professional and Project Online Premium respectively, and continue to give access to Project Online, as well as Project for the web.

If this all sounds a trifle confusing, then check out this introductory article “What is Project for the web” (, this comparison article “Project for the web and Project Online” ( and the Microsoft Project Service Description (

The announcement article ( confirms that Project Plan 1 is available for purchase online starting 29 October, 2019 in the US and select international markets, with availability in other international markets from mid-November with the exception of France and South Korea.

Home Use Program Update

Microsoft’s Home Use Program enters its next phase as Office Professional Plus HUP licences are removed from the July 2019 Product Terms.

You can still buy HUP licences for Project and Visio, but licences for the Office products to use at home are now covered by Office 365 Home or Personal subscriptions.

If you want a reminder of the new Home Use Program then our previous blog articles are useful – Office 365 Home Use Program Benefit ( and Home Use Program FAQ:

All Change for Project Online

There are three new plans for Project Online which replace the previous Project Lite, Project Pro for Office 365, Project Online, and Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365. It wasn’t particularly easy choosing the right plan for the right person with these names, and the new plans are much more straightforward: Essentials, Professional and Premium.

Who are they aimed at? Well, Essentials is for project team members, Professional for Project Managers and Premium is for Portfolio Managers. All of them are User Subscription Licences, as you’d expect, and all allow access to an on-premises Project Server if required. This site ( shows the difference in rights between the plans and confirms that Project Professional can be installed on up to 5 PCs with the Professional and Premium plans.

The August 2016 Product Terms document is updated with these new plans (page 61) where you’ll see that there are From SA USLs available for customers who have fully paid licences with active SA and want to move to a user licensing model. What’s new though, is a range of Add-on USLs for organisations that have Project Standard, Project Professional or Project Server licences with active SA and want to add on cloud services. Turn to page 62 for a list of the Add-ons that are available.

Licensing Office with RemoteApp

If you want to share Office applications from the cloud then there’s a good article from Microsoft that explains how you need to license this scenario.

Essentially you need an Office 365 ProPlus subscription and an Azure RemoteApp USL – note that a traditional Office Professional Plus 2016 licence isn’t an option.

The article also covers notions such as shared computer activation, Visio and Project, and an overview of how you get started with Office 365 and Azure RemoteApp. It’s definitely worth a read – find it here:

Microsoft Project FAQ

Do you know your Project Online from your Project Pro for Office 365 from your Project Professional?

This useful FAQ gives you an overview of the different flavours of the Project client and answers questions like: can you install Project Pro for Office 365 on multiple PCs (yes, up to 5); what’s the difference between Project Pro for Office 365 and Project Professional 2013 (nothing, it’s just the licensing models); and the various ways you can be licensed to access the Project Web App.

Get the detail here:

Project Server 2013 Licensing Guide

If Microsoft Project is your thing then you might find this Project 2013 Licensing Guide from Microsoft useful. It’s got a nice overview of all the different Project licences, although it’s not yet updated for Project Lite.

There are also diagrams showing the licences required in a 3-tier on-premises deployment, a Project Online configuration, and a dev/test environment.

Finally, there’s some useful information about when a Project Server CAL is needed as well as some FAQs.

Get the guide here:

Overview of the Changes to the May 2014 Volume Licensing Product List

SQL Server 2014

  • It’s confirmed on page 27 that the CAL waiver for Batch jobs that was introduced with the SQL 2014 Business Intelligence edition also applies to the 2012 version
  • Customers with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse Core licences with SA can now step up to SQL Enterprise Core licences – see page 75

AX 2012 R3

  • AX 2012 R3 replaces the R2 version for May 2014
  • There are changes to the wording in the rights allowed with the different levels of CALs, as well as clarification of terms such as “Point of Sale Device” and “Warehouse Device”. Full details are on pages 17/18
  • There’s confirmation added that CALs are not required for external users, but a cautionary note is included stating that external user licences must not be used for business process outsourcing purposes
  • Fail-over server licensing becomes an SA benefit. Although it’s not mentioned in the Product List I thought I’d include the change here – see page 67 of the April Product Use Rights for details

Windows Enterprise Sideloading

  • There are a number of changes to the licensing of Windows Enterprise Sideloading. Read on for the summary, or peruse page 33
  • Enterprise Sideloading is now feature-enabled in both the Pro and Enterprise editions running on domain-joined PCs through any Volume Licensing program
  • Customers with EA, Select Plus, School or EES agreements receive Enterprise Sideloading Rights to enable non domain-joined or RT devices
  • Other customers can acquire Enterprise Sideloading Rights as a single SKU to cover all devices for $100 through Open

Other Additions

  • Project Lite arrives – this is a cloud offering designed for project team members to do things such as updating tasks and entering timesheet information as an alternative to the full-blown (and more expensive) Project Online
  • The CRM Online Enterprise USLs are added although there is a note stating that availability will be later in May/June. These USLs add Dynamics Marketing (formerly MarketingPilot) and Unified Service Desk (an application for call centres) to the functionality accessed through the CRM Online Professional USLs
  • Standalone Dynamics Marketing USLs are also added with the same note regarding availability

Microsoft Announce Project Lite

Microsoft announce Project Lite which will be available on 1 May 2014. It’s a cloud offering designed for project team members to do things such as updating tasks and entering timesheet information and will be priced at $7 per user/month, as an alternative to the full-blown Project Online which is currently $33 per user/month.