data Integrity issues if MS Project Professional version and service packs are different RRS feed

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    Currently we use MS Project Professional 2007 but will be migrating to either 2010 or 2013.

    Like everyone else, we have a program where many different internal organizations and an outside client view the same MS Project files. However, it is controlled on this account where there are only 3 people that have the rights to modify any of the schedules.

    We have said that everyone needs to be on the same instance and service pack otherwise the data may not necessarily be the same. However, this is just by noticing issues. As an example, one internal organization had MS Project professional 2007service pack 2 running and everyone else had MS Project professional 2007 service pack 3. The resource allocation screen had data (timeline hours) that shifted out in the future by weeks on the service pack 2 side.

    Is there any written statements from Microsoft or anywhere else regarding this that we can point to that says everyone using MS project needs to be on the same instance and service pack otherwise data may be different......and the reasons are as follows?  ....or is this not an issue anymore on MS Project professional 2013?


    Monday, April 18, 2016 8:51 PM


  • Hotmail1,

    The reason for Service Packs and Cumulative Updates is to resolve issues. That in itself should provide the reason for all users who share files to be on the same version and update level. Your organization found out this to be true with Project 2007 SP2 versus SP3. Granted, not every organization will be impacted by issues resolved by particular updates, but a feature that you may not currently be using doesn't mean you won't use it in the future, so always make sure everyone if fully updated. For Project, Microsoft has made that very easy, simply run Windows Update. Furthermore, no every issue that was fixed is necessarily listed in the list of items fixed.

    And yes, the above still applies to any new version of Project - Project 2010, Project 2013, Project 2016, and beyond. Although developers do their best to insure released software is glitch free the complexity of the beast, (users, operating system,  and applications), is such that no operating system or application will ever be without latent problems.

    Hope this helps convince any in your organization who do not believe it is important to all be "on the same page".


    • Edited by John - Project Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:26 AM one more thing
    • Marked as answer by Hotmail1 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:37 PM
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:23 AM