Navigating the software licensing minefield can be a nightmare and we are accustomed to guiding clients through the ever-changing Microsoft licensing ecosystem, especially in relation to the Work / Project Management platforms.

A common type of question we’re often asked is, “if ‘Murdock’ simply wants to view (not edit) ‘Hannibal’s’ plan, will he need XYZ license?” and the response to that traditionally has been “yes”, which understandably can be perplexing as the licensing costs increase despite the minimal interaction with the solution app.

Thankfully, Microsoft has been listening and they have simplified the licensing story for Project and Roadmap. As announced on 10th April 2020, users assigned certain Office 365 licenses are going to be granted read-only access to projects and roadmap – which is GREAT!

This will result in a significant increase in the number of people that have visibility of Projects and other corporate initiatives being managed within the Microsoft PPM Platform whilst highlighting the benefits of modern work & project management!

Taking you ALL to the Future of Work Management

Screenshot | Microsoft Project for the Web

Microsoft Project for the Web

Office 365 subscriptions with view access

Users with the following licenses assigned will have view access to Project for the Web and Roadmap.

  • Microsoft 365 E5
  • Microsoft 365 E5 Developer (without Windows and Audio Conferencing)
  • Microsoft 365 E5 without Audio Conferencing
  • Office 365 E5
  • Office 365 E5 without Audio Conferencing
  • Office 365 E5 without Power BI and Phone System
  • Office 365 E5 – Escalation Sku
  • Microsoft 365 E3
  • Microsoft 365 E3 – Unattended License
  • Office 365 E3
  • Office 365 E3 Developer
  • Office 365 E3 without ProPlus
  • Office 365 Education E3 for Faculty
  • Office 365 Education E3 for Students
  • Office 365 E1
  • Office 365 E1 with Exchange Online Archiving
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic – Prepaid Legacy
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard – Prepaid Legacy
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium
  • Microsoft 365 F3
  • Office 365 F3
  • Office 365 F3 with Addon
  • Office 365 F3 with Yammer
  • Microsoft 365 F1
  • Microsoft 365 A5 for Faculty
  • Microsoft 365 A5 for Students
  • Microsoft 365 A5 Student Use Benefits
  • Microsoft 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Faculty
  • Microsoft 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Students
  • Microsoft 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Students Use Benefit
  • Office 365 A5 for Faculty
  • Office 365 A5 for Students
  • Office 365 A5 Student Use Benefit
  • Office 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Faculty
  • Office 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Students
  • Office 365 A5 without Audio Conferencing for Students Use Benefit
  • Microsoft 365 A3 for Faculty
  • Microsoft 365 A3 for Students
  • Microsoft 365 A3 Student Use Benefits
  • Microsoft 365 A3 – Unattended License for Faculty
  • Microsoft 365 A3 – Unattended License for Students
  • Microsoft 365 A3 – Unattended License for Students Use Benefit
  • Office 365 A3 for Faculty
  • Office 365 A3 for Students
  • Office 365 A3 Student Use Benefit
  • Office 365 A1 for Faculty
  • Office 365 A1 for Faculty (for Device)
  • Office 365 A1 for Students
  • Office 365 A1 for Students (for Device)
  • Office 365 A1 Plus for Faculty
  • Office 365 A1 Plus for Students

If users need to be able to edit or create projects – in Project for the Web or roadmaps, they will require the appropriate Project Plan license to be purchased and assigned to them.

Microsoft Project Roadmap

Microsoft Project Roadmap

Next Steps

You can read the official statement HERE

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we work with clients to enable them to work smarter with the Microsoft Modern Work Management platform.

If you’d like to understand how we can support your needs then please contact us and we’d be happy to chat through the options.

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