The available Microsoft Project licensing plans are flexible with both monthly and annual subscription options available to provide you with instant access to enterprise-level project portfolio management features in Project Online or Project for the Web! This short overview will provide clarity on the available Project plans and a detailed feature comparison between the licenses.
The Project Online Licensing Changes
Within recent months Microsoft has updated their SKU’s to better align with the Microsoft 365 plan naming conventions (E1, E3, E5). They’ve decided to veer away from the legacy ‘Professional’ moniker and decided to remove the ‘Premium’ SKU. In place of those we now have the following:
Project Plan 3
Plan 3 replaces ‘Project Online Professional’ and remains the plan for Project Managers to keep projects, resources, and teams organised and on track. Plan 3 also includes Project for the web (Plan 1), Project Online and Project Online desktop client. Project Plan 3 includes all the capabilities of Project Plan 1 and more.
Project Plan 5
Plan 5 replaces ‘Project Online Premium’ and is geared towards Portfolio Management, to enable organisations to prioritise project portfolio investments, ensuring strategic alignment and appropriate resource allocation. Plan 5 includes Project for the web, Project Online and Project Online desktop client. Project Plan 5 includes all of the capabilities of Project Plan 3 and Project Plan 1.
Project Online Essentials
When navigating to the project plan comparison page on the Microsoft site you might be thinking that ‘Plan 1’ replaces ‘Project Online Essentials’ the ‘team member’ plan, however, this is not the case! Essentials is now a team member add-on subscription for customers who have Project Plan 3 or Project Plan 5 subscriptions. It gives team members access to Project Web App to perform task and time updates against projects managed in Project Online, as well as access to the Project Site to view and update project documentation and RAID logs.
Project Plan 1 (Project for the Web)
This is a new, ‘reimagined’ Project solution from Microsoft – essentially a hybrid solution that is a cross between Microsoft Planner and Microsoft Project aimed initially at ‘Accidental Project Managers’ and wholly browser-based.
Microsoft Project for The Web ‘Timeline’ view
Microsoft Project Plans comparison