Try the Project 2016 Preview today


At Ignite a few weeks ago, Microsoft announced the public preview of the Office 2016 clients for you to download and start testing some of the great new capabilities these products include. At the time I was a little disappointed as the preview did not include Project ( or Visio) Sad smile

Today however Microsoft have finally added Project and Visio to the public preview for you to try out Smile

Now you can not only try the new versions of Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word which have already replaced Office 2013 on my daily driver laptop, but now you can also start to use the new version of Project including cool new features such as:

  • Support for multiple timelines in the same view
  • Project App Write Back Support; and
  • The new Tell Me control, making it much easier to find and perform tasks in Project (and Office in general).

To grab the new Project 2016 preview (and Office 2016), head over to, you can either get the excellent Click to Run version of the software associated with your Project Pro for Office 365 account, or scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the I do not have a Project Pro for Office 365 subscription, how do I install the trial version of Project 2016 Preview? link for details on the standalone version.

Happy Project 2016-íng!

Project Server 2013 Upgrade Process

There are a lot of changes under the covers with Project Server 2013 including a consolidation of databases, retirement of BCM, stopping in place upgrade support (nobody really did that did they?) and the underlying changes to SharePoint that means upgrading a PS instance is not as simple as it once was. To address this, the product team have released a fantastic poster outlining how to upgrade from Project Server 2010 to Project Server 2013.  The poster is for the preview only at the moment and may change before the RTM, but it’s handy enough to help you get an evaluation environment up and running containing your migrated data.

Project Server 2013 Preview upgrade process

The Project Server 2013 upgrade process can be downloaded as a Visio diagram or as a PDF document. Also, keep an eye on for details of all Recently published content for the Project Server 2013 Preview.

Office 2013 Preview has arrived

OfficelogoOrange_WebThis morning, Microsoft announced the availability of the first public preview of Office 2013 which you can download from

Office 2013 is a massive release, encompassing nearly every product in the Office suite, including my favourites, Project, Project server and of course SharePoint. Over the next few weeks I will drill into each of the products and highlight some of the new capabilities, changes and favourite features.

The Microsoft team have released an absolute stack of content today to compliment and support the release, including:

and my favourites, Christophe and Jan’s videos in the Project Server TechCenter:

As always, if you have questions, the Project forums at are a great place to start.

I encourage you to go out and try Office 2013 and to spin up an Project Online tenant for Office 365 today and get testing!!