Microsoft Project Online is Microsoft’s cloud-based enterprise solution for project and portfolio management (PPM).  Here we provide some details about the product as well as licensing information as of the date of this post.

So What’s included in the Microsoft PPM Office 365 Cloud Solution?

Microsoft Project Online

Microsoft Project Online is a service offering that is available in the Microsoft cloud. The features provided by the product are beneficial to many different roles. Some of these roles include resource managers, team members, portfolio managers, and others. Project Professional is used for the day-to-day management of a project manager’s project plan. The Microsoft PPM solution provides features such as the ability to view projects across the enterprise, portfolio analysis, and much more. These other features are often useful to other roles in a given company.

With Microsoft’s PPM solution, a company needs no infrastructure! Users connect their desktop project professional desktop application to project online and “publish” their projects to the cloud.

Microsoft Project Online Professional

Project Online Professional is the cloud version of the desktop client Project Professional. This product is no longer part of a CD installation on your desktop computer. Now it is downloaded and installed from the Office 365 portal Microsoft Cloud.

MS Project can be used as a standalone tool, as well as connected to either Microsoft Project Server or Microsoft Project Online. When connected to either of these products many new features are realized that are beneficial to all roles, a well as the project team.

Project Web App

Project Web App is the browser interface all roles other than the project manager use to interact with data within the solution. Project Web App is available both in Microsoft Project Server and in Project Online. Project Web App supports many web browsers and provides each role access to specific data within the Microsoft PPM solution.

Project Plan 1


$10.00 user/month
(annual commitment)

Start quickly and manage projects easily via the web browser. Project Managers and teams get up and running quickly.

Project Plan 3


$30.00 user/month
(annual commitment)

Execute projects with ease with familiar scheduling tools through your choice of the web browser or desktop client.

Project Plan 5


$55.00 user/month
(annual commitment)

Optimize your project portfolio to prioritize initiatives and get the results you want through your choice of the web browser or desktop client.
Project Home
Starting in a centralized view, create new projects easily, quickly access important, top-of-mind projects, or open projects most recently worked on.
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Grid view
Plan and manage projects, using an ordered list of tasks.
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Board view
Visually track project tasks for better workflow and status, using out-of-box and custom task boards.
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Timeline (Gantt) view
Track and understand dates, assignments and the relationships of project tasks in visual timeline view.
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Collaboration and communication
Work together on projects, using Microsoft Teams.
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Coauthoring
Work together with stakeholders and team members to edit and update task lists, project schedules, and more simultaneously.
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Project planning and scheduling
Includes familiar scheduling tools to assign project tasks to team members and use different views like Grid, Board, and Timeline (Gantt chart) to oversee the schedule.
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Reporting
Use pre-built reports to track progress on your projects, resources, programs, and portfolios.
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Roadmap
Build visual, interactive roadmaps by aggregating different project types across your organization for visibility.
Read-only accessXX
Timesheet submission
Capture project and nonproject time spent on payroll, invoicing, and other business tasks.
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Resource management
Define the project team, request resources for the project, and assign project tasks to those resources.
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Desktop client
Use fully installed, up-to-date Project desktop application. One license covers up to 5 PCs per person.
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On up to 5 PCs
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On up to 5 PCs
Portfolio selection and optimization
Model different portfolio scenarios to determine the best strategic path by weighing project proposals against strategic business drivers.
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Demand management
Capture and evaluate project ideas from anywhere in the organization through a standardized process.
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Enterprise resource planning and management
View and compare how resources are used across projects to optimize assignments.
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Sound interesting? Integent provides training courses for Microsoft Project Online Training and Microsoft Project Server Training.

Daniel Bell is the Executive Director of Integent
He has been working in the Project Management industry since 2002 and is a Certified PMP from PMI