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Confused about Project offerings RRS feed

  • Question

  • Like another asker who received a not entirely clear response, I'm confused about the Project offering and would love some clarity. We've been looking for a cloud based solution so that we can manage projects from anywhere, e.g. at home or different PC's in the office due to hot desking (i.e. one user on different PC's), for team members to get a summary of what they should be working on, and ideally for them to be able to feedback progress.

    1) We found a download for Project Pro software, but this is a native app. Is it correct that there is no browser based edition of Project? If there *is* an in-browser version, please can you post a link to a trial as this has been elusive.

    2) If there is no browser based version, how real-time are updates? Is it possible to have two users open the same project (saved via skydrive, SP, elsewhere?), and when a task is updated have it updated near instantaneously for the other user? Or, is it case of manual syncing.

    3) What is the best way for team members to view their work schedule and to tick off progress? Do they *need* to have project too, or is there a better way? Can they view and update their tasks via a web service for example?

    JC


    Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:03 PM

Answers

  • Jon:

    Microsoft has a client and a server. You can use the client stand-alone or you can use the Professional version connected to Project Server.

    1) Project 2013 Client available in standard and professional version

    2) Project Server 2013 is the PPM portion that gives you the ability to interact with the schedules on the web.

    3) Project Online (The current version of Project Server)

    The best way to try the server software is using Project Online as you do not have to spend a day or two installing. If you want to try Project Online contact a Project Partner. There are quite a few of us represented here. This is not an application that you can simply spinup and try. It requires some configuring to make sense of it.


    Gary Chefetz, MCITP, MCP, MVP msProjectExperts
    Project and Project ServerFAQs
    Project Server Help BLOG


    Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:16 PM
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  • Jon:

    Microsoft has a client and a server. You can use the client stand-alone or you can use the Professional version connected to Project Server.

    1) Project 2013 Client available in standard and professional version

    2) Project Server 2013 is the PPM portion that gives you the ability to interact with the schedules on the web.

    3) Project Online (The current version of Project Server)

    The best way to try the server software is using Project Online as you do not have to spend a day or two installing. If you want to try Project Online contact a Project Partner. There are quite a few of us represented here. This is not an application that you can simply spinup and try. It requires some configuring to make sense of it.


    Gary Chefetz, MCITP, MCP, MVP msProjectExperts
    Project and Project ServerFAQs
    Project Server Help BLOG


    Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:16 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply Gary.

    "This is not an application that you can simply spinup and try. It requires some configuring to make sense of it."

    That makes the application sound very much like an immediate fail if a URL, online help and some experience with MS Project isn't enough to get started, but we'll likely give it shot. Project Pro through online 365 may end up being best though as that works well.

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 5:36 PM
  • Jon:

    It is an immediate fail if you do not approach Project Online/Project Server as implementing a very powerful Enterprise class application. I think that's why Microsoft is providing trials through partners to avoid the expectation that you have formed, that this is easy just because it's easily accessible.

    Unless you are prepared to invest some time in learning and configuration, using Project Pro with SharePoint is an excellent alternative. Now that's fast and easy, but you don't get an enterprise Portfolio and Project Management system.


    Gary Chefetz, MCITP, MCP, MVP msProjectExperts
    Project and Project ServerFAQs
    Project Server Help BLOG


    Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:24 PM
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  • how do I get "Project 2013 Client available in standard" as you have stated. Can it run standalone like all previous versions ?
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:57 PM
  • See the reply in the thread you started.

    Paul


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    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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