Project Online: Why can’t I add it to my Office365 yet?

One of our common questions coming in to Microsoft Project Support right now is from customers wanting to add Project Online to their existing Office365 tenants, but finding that Project Online is not yet an option for them.  The reason for this is that Project Online is part of the latest release announced on February 27th 2013 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2013/Feb13/02-27OfficeCommercialGAPR.aspx and as such requires the same underlying SharePoint platform as that release.  For existing customers who were running Office365 before this latest release you will unfortunately need to wait for the upgrade of your current tenant before you are able to add Project Online.  Details of the upgrade process can be found at the following links:

 

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I know many of you are eager to get up and running with Project Online and certainly we thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement around our new product – but you will need to be patient if you want it within the same tenant (and you probably do!).  You should receive e-mail 2 to 3 weeks before your upgrade is due.  In the meantime there is plenty of good content on TechNet to get thinking and planning for Project Online, as well as the Office site here and here.  Be aware though that as I write this the trial options are over-subscribed so may not be available via some of the inviting links on TechNet and other Microsoft sites.