Project Service, the next generation of Microsoft Project

Project Service, the next generation of Microsoft Project

Microsoft has recently announced a new era of modern work management. The Project Service – the next generation of Microsoft Project, offers better collaboration, improved extensibility and greater integration than Microsoft Project.

Now, what does this mean? Does Microsoft plan to stop Project Online and Project Server? What is the platform for Project Service? Is it a new and redesigned service being introduced? Would Project Service support existing custom solutions/ applications? Such questions are evident for users.

Key notable points of this announcement are as below:
• Microsoft would continue to deliver performance and security improvements for Project Online
• For Project On-Premise users, Microsoft has released Project Professional and Standard 2019 and will release Project Server 2019 in the next few weeks.
• Moving forward, much of Microsoft’s focus will be on driving innovations in the new Project service.

The new Project Service is based on Microsoft CDS (Common Data Service) for Apps. This is a revamp of entire base architecture. Which means it is a complete re-design of product to meet the changing needs of work management and hence it is being called a new era of modern work management. Using CDS as a platform, the Project Service integrates easily with other tools and systems like SharePoint, PowerApps, Power BI, Microsoft Flow, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.

Benefits of Common Data Service platform are as below:

• Build and consume solutions for web and mobile with PowerApps
• Automate and integrate business processes with Microsoft Flow
• Put all your data to work with Common Data Service
• Gain insights from your data regardless of where it lives with Power BI
• Customize, extend, and build all the apps you need
• Seamless Dynamics 365, Office 365, and Azure integration along with connectors to more than 200 data sources

The first release of the new project management service will be available in the first half of next year. These services will be available to Project Online Professional and Project Online Premium subscriptions with no additional cost. You may refer the FAQ for more details.

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Posted by Swati Shrimali

Swati is Microsoft Certified Professional with 10+ years of project experience. She takes care of requirement elicitation, architecting solutions, managing projects and teams, and ensuring efficient project delivery. She has extensively worked on technologies including - SharePoint, EPM, ALM, .NET, Office 365, PowerBI and social integration with enterprise systems. She is currently working as Solution Architect and also leading the Business Dynamics - PPM COE in Advaiya. 

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