Project for the web and Project Online desktop client

Project for the web and Project Online desktop client

I use the Project Online desktop client. Can I still use it? Does it connect to Project for the web?

Yes, you can still use the Project Online desktop client, and we encourage you to try Project for the web when it meets your needs. See the Comparing Project for the web and the Project Online desktop client table below.

The Project Online desktop client doesn’t connect to Project for the web – as with all other future features, we will be evaluating this based on user feedback.

Many project managers use the Project Online desktop client as a personal productivity tool for their PM needs. They build schedules in the client, save them as .mpp files, share these files with others, and keep them updated as the project progresses.

If you are one of these users, you may find that Project for the web provides everything you need now or in the near future to meet your PM needs.

Comparing Project for the web and the Project Online desktop client

This table shows the features provided by the Project Online desktop client, and which ones are supported by the first release of Project for the web. A check mark in the Project for the web column indicates that the first release of Project for the web supports the feature described in that row.

Feature

Description

Project for the web

Baselines

Set project baselines to monitor current performance against past performance.

Calendar view

Track important project and task deadlines and milestones on a weekly or monthly calendar view.

Critical Path

Visually track the tasks that represent the longest path through the project.

Deadlines

Establish and track important project and task Deadlines.

Dependencies

Set and visually track dependencies between tasks.

Green tick

Gantt view

Visual track and understand project dates, dependencies, and assignments on a hierarchical timeline view (Gantt view).

Green tick

Grid view [Task List View]

Plan and manage projects using a hierarchical grid view of tasks.

Green tick

Master Projects

Group smaller related projects under a single master project.

* You can show multiple Project for the web projects in a visual, interactive roadmap view using the Project Roadmap feature in Project for the web.

Green tick *

Milestones

Establish and track important project and task milestones.

Green tick

Network Diagram

View tasks, dependencies, and the critical path of your project in a Network Diagram view.

Task Scheduling

Use task start and end dates, effort, lead & lag times, and dependencies to get an accurate schedule of project dates.

* The first release of Project for the web does not support lead and lag time.

Green tick *

Team Planner

Track the allocation and capacity of all project team members including non-project work and non-working time.

Timelines

Visual track and understand project dates, dependencies, and assignments on a hierarchical timeline view (Gantt view).

Green tick

Inactive Tasks

Use inactive tasks to track work without affecting resource availability or allocation and without affecting the project schedule.

Summary Tasks

Plan, manage, and track deliverables and phases using summary tasks.

Green tick

Task Inspector

View factors that affect the scheduling of a task, such as a changed start date or error messages.

Task Path analysis

See how one task connects to other tasks by highlighting its task path throughout the project.

* In Project for the web, you can analyze task durations and dates by hovering over the task in the Timeline (Gantt) view.
The first release of Project for the web does not show you driving versus non-driving tasks.

Green tick *

Resource Leveling

Resolve resource conflicts or overallocations by automatically leveling the assignments.

Work, Generic, and Material Resources

Add resources to a project, such as work resources like people, generic resources like carpenters, and materials resources like computers and cement.

* The first release of Project for the web supports work resources.
It does not yet support generic and material resources.

Green tick *

Project Costing and Budgeting

Compare planned progress and budget against actual time and costs.

Resource Costing

Track and manage the resource costs of your project.

Custom Reports

Build custom reports for projects, programs, portfolios, and resources.

* With Project for the web, you can build custom reports for projects, programs, portfolios, and resources using Power BI.
Editing and creating reports requires a Power BI Pro subscription.
Viewing reports requires the Power BI Desktop or a Power BI Pro subscription.
Microsoft provides a pre-built set of Power BI reports for Project for the web. Users can customize these reports or build additional reports using Power BI.

Green tick *

Out-of-box reporting

Understand project, program, portfolio, and resource data pre-built reports.

* With Project for the web, you can build custom reports for projects, programs, portfolios, and resources using Power BI.
Editing and creating reports requires a Power BI Pro subscription.
Viewing reports requires the Power BI Desktop or a Power BI Pro subscription.
Microsoft provides a pre-built set of Power BI reports for Project for the web. Users can customize these reports or build additional reports using Power BI.

Green tick *

PDF and XPS Output

Save a Project file to a PDF or XPS file.

Auto-complete

Get suggestions for task or resource names, and dependencies as you type.

Green tick

Filtered Views

Filter project plans by any value in the plan.

Graphical Indicators

Understand task status, assignments, and more with graphical indicators.

Multi-level Undo

Undo multiple changes at the same time by using the Undo menu.

* Multi-level undo is available in Project for the web using Ctrl + Z.

Green tick *

Sorting and Grouping

Get focused views of your project, tasks, and resources using custom sorting and grouping.

Custom fields

Add custom fields at the project, task, and resource level to track data important to your enterprise and projects.

Formulas

Calculate and capture important data using formulas across tasks and projects.

* You can add formula fields to the Project and Project Task entities in the Power Platform.
These fields will not be visible in the Project for the web application, but are available for reporting and other uses via PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI.

Green tick *

Templates

Create templates for common projects including templatized project plans, teams, and assignments.

.mpp import / export

Create new projects from existing .mpp files or create an .mpp file of an existing project.

Excel import / export

Create new projects from Excel files or create an Excel file of an existing project.

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