Project Online and Project for Office 365 subscriptions are changing

Few months ago in August new plans for Project Online and Project for Office 365 customers were introduced and in essence there are some differences between new plans and existing Project Online related plans retiring on 31 Dec 2016 for existing customers.


If you are currently subscribing to Office 365 Project Online services plans. The main action you (or your Office 365 Administrator) need to take on your first renewal date following December 31st, 2016, is select a new Project Online plan as outlined in the table below.

If you currently use this plan Status You will need this plan
Project Lite Renamed Project Online Essentials
Project for Office 365 (Project Pro for Office 365) Will be retired Project Online Professional
Project Online Will be retired Project Online Premium
Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365 Will be retired Project Online Premium/Project Online Professional

In summary the new Project Online plans consist of following services.

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

You can check on further details in the link below together with FAQs.

Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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