Compare Project Online and Project Server 2013


Compare the differences between Project Online and Project Server 2013 installed in an on-premises environment.

Project Online and Project Server 2013 on-premises are based on the same set of features and functionality, but there are differences between the two. The following table provides an overview of the differences between Project Online and a Project Server 2013 on-premises environment.

Feature/function comparison of Project Online and Project Server 2013

Project
Feature/Function Area Feature/Function Project Server Notes
Details Online 2013 On-
Premises
Get started in minutes. Setup new
Ease of Setup Yes users in seconds.
No training needed. Use Office
tools your team knows.
7×24, 365 days/year
99.9% Guaranteed Uptime Yes
43 minutes/month, 8 hours 46
minutes downtime per year.
No internal IT involved in
Zero server footprint Yes backup/recovery, maintenance,
updates, disaster recovery.
Evergreen service Yes Latest, most stable Service Packs
and Cumulative Updates.
88 countries and regions, 32
Multi-national Yes languages.
Get virtually anywhere-access on
nearly any device (Access from
Work anywhere on any mobile devices requires Wi-Fi
Yes capability or depends on carrier
device
network availability).
Work on your Office files online or
offline.
SharePoint Task Lists Sync Yes Yes
Notifications and Yes
Reminders
Administrative Backup & Yes
Restore
Project for Office 365 Yes Yes
Project Professional
Characteristics:
Project Pro 2013
Access to Project Yes Yes
Server 2013
Project Pro 2010
Access to Project
Server 2013
Project Pro 2007
SP2 Access to
Project Server 2013
Save as Project Pro Yes Yes
2010
Save as Project Pro Yes Yes
2007
Save as Project Pro Yes Yes
2000-2003
Save as Excel 2010 Yes Yes
Save as Excel 2007 Yes Yes
Save as Excel 97- Yes Yes
2003
Save as PDF Yes Yes
Save as XPS Yes Yes
Save as Text Yes Yes
Save as CSV Yes Yes
Save as XML Yes Yes
Project Web App Yes Yes
Project Sites Yes Yes
Migration:
Manually Save
2003 .mpp from Yes Yes
Project Pro 2013
Manually Save
2007 .mpp from Yes Yes
Project Pro 2013
Manually Save
2010 .mpp from Yes Yes
Project Pro 2013
Partial Automation
through VBA Yes Yes
custom dev
3rd Party:
FluentPro Yes Yes Project Server Configuration
Migration
Metalogix Yes Yes Project Site Migration
Content Matrix
MetaVis
Migrator Online / Yes Yes Project Site Migration
Office 365 Suite
Step 1: Project Server 2003 to
2007 using VME (i.e. PS2007 SP2 w/
Oct 2009 CU)
Step 2a: Project Server 2007 to
2010 Database-attach Upgrade or
Step 2b: Project Server 2007 to
2010 In-place Upgrade
Step 3: Project Server 2010 to
2013 Database-attach Upgrade
 For more information about step
Project Server 2003 Yes  1, see Migrate your Project Server
 2003 data by using the VMW.
 For more information about step
 2a, see Project Server VME: Plan to
 upgrade data to Project Server
 2010.
 For more information about step
 2b, see In-place upgrade to Project
 Server 2010.
 For more information about step
 3, see Upgrade to Project Server
 2013.
Step 1a: Project Server 2007 to
2010 Database-attach Upgrade or
Step 1b: Project Server 2007 to
2010 In-place Upgrade
Project Server 2007 Yes Step 2: Project Server 2010 to
2013 Database-attach Upgrade
 For more information about step
 1a, see Database-attach full
 upgrade to Project Server 2010.
 For more information about step
 1b, see In-place upgrade to Project
 Server 2010.
 For more information about step
 2, see Upgrade to Project Server
 2013.
Step 1: Project Server 2010 to 2013
Database-attach Upgrade
Project Server 2010 Yes  For more information,
 see Upgrade to Project Server
 2013.
Resource
Definition/Synchronization
Bulk upload via Yes Yes
CVS
By using the Microsoft Online
Services Directory Synchronization
tool, your organization’s
Microsoft Online administrators can keep your local
Services Directory Yes Yes Active Directory continuously
Synchronization synchronized with Office 365. This
(with ADFS) allows you to not only create
synchronized versions of each user.
 For more details, see the Directory
 Synchronization Roadmap.
Manual resource Yes Yes Tenant administration
definition
Automation via Yes Yes
VBA
3rd Party: Yes Yes Resource Migration
FluentPro
Business Intelligence
SSRS Integration Yes
 For Project Online, note that there
 are limits to how many single
 value custom fields, of each type,
 that get stored in the reporting
ODATA Access to  schema. See Project Online:
Yes Yes  software boundaries and limits for
RDB
 more information on this and
 other limits that can affect
 performance.
Note:
Refreshing OData reports
through Excel Online is not
available in Project Online for
Government Cloud Community
customers. To refresh reports so
that they are viewable in Excel
Online (browser-based), reports
will have to be opened,
refreshed and saved in the
Microsoft Excel desktop client.
Direct Access to Yes
RDB
OLAP Cubes Yes
ODATA Access to Yes
OLAP
T-SQL Access to Yes
OLAP
Excel 2007 Access
to OLAP
Excel 2010 Access Yes PowerPivot Add-in
to OLAP
Excel 2013 Services Yes
Access to OLAP
3rd Party: Yes Yes FluentPro Project Dashboard 2013
FluentPro
Demand
Management/Workflow
Declarative – Currently workflows are not
available in Project Online for
SharePoint Yes Yes
Government Cloud Community
Designer 2013
customers.
Currently workflows are not
Visual Studio WCF Yes Yes available in Project Online for
Government Cloud Community
customers.
Line of Business
Integration
Custom Dev with Yes Yes
SharePoint BCS
Team Foundation Yes Team Foundation Server 2012
Server Integration integration with On-premise only
Dynamics Not yet available
Integration
SharePoint Online Project Server 2013 must be in the
(Dedicated)
same farm as SharePoint 2013
integration
On Premises Project Server 2013 must be in the
SharePoint
same farm as SharePoint 2013
integration
Outlook/Exchange
Integration
Calendar: Out-of- Yes
office integration
Extensibility
ODATA Yes Yes
CSOM Yes Yes
Timesheet and Task Status
Simplified Single Yes Yes
Entry Mode (SEM)
End-User Yes Yes
Improvements
PM/Administrator Yes Yes
Improvements
Developer/Backend Yes Yes
Improvements
Status Reports Yes Yes
Data Privacy  Office 365 Trust Center
Office 365 does not build
advertising products out of
customer data. We do not scan
No advertising Yes your email or documents for
building analytics, data mining,
advertising, or improving the
service.
Office 365 always allows you to
No mingling Yes keep your customer data separate
from consumer services.
Office 365 customer data belongs
Data portability Yes to the customer. Customers can
remove their data whenever they
choose.
Know where the major data centers
are located, and how data storage
location is determined. Detailed
information on who can access
Transparency Yes your Office 365 customer data.
Choose to receive updates
regarding data center location
changes, as well as security, privacy
and audit information.
Industry Standards
Verification
Office 365 is the first major
business productivity public cloud
Certified for ISO Yes service to have implemented the
27001 rigorous set of physical, logical,
process and management controls
defined by ISO 27001.
In addition to EU Safe Harbor,
Office 365 is the first major
business productivity public cloud
service provider to sign the
EU Model Clauses Yes standard contractual clauses
created by the European Union
(“EU Model Clauses”) with all
customers. EU Model Clauses
address international transfer of
data.
Office 365 is the first major
business productivity public cloud
service provider to sign
requirements for the HIPAA-BAA
HIPAA-Business with all customers. HIPAA is a U.S.
law that applies to healthcare
Associate
Yes entities that governs the use,
Agreement
disclosure and safeguarding of
(HIPAA-BAA)
protected health information (PHI),
and imposes requirements on
covered entities to sign business
associate agreements with their
vendors that use and disclose PHI.
Office 365 for Enterprise was
granted the Authority to Operate
(ATO) under the Federal
Federal Information Security Management
Information Act (FISMA) by the Broadcasting
Security Yes Board of Governors. Office 365-
Management Act ITAR was granted ATO by the
(FISMA) United States Department of
Agriculture. Both Office 365 for
Enterprise and O365-ITAR received
FISMA-Moderate level ATO.
Microsoft offers a comprehensive
standard Data Processing
Agreement (DPA) to all customers.
Data Processing Yes DPA addresses privacy, security and
Agreement handling of customer data. Our
standard Data Processing
Agreement enables customers to
comply with their local regulations.
Work Management Service Yes Yes
Performance Yes Yes
Improvements

 

Browser:  Software requirements for
 PS_2nd_CurrentVer
Internet Explorer 8 Yes Yes
Internet Explorer 9 Yes Yes
Internet Explorer Yes Yes
10
Internet Explorer Yes Yes
11
FireFox Yes Yes Latest released version
Mac Safari Yes Yes Latest released version
Google Chrome Yes Yes Latest released version
Server-side scheduling Microsoft Project
Server Calculation Yes Yes
engine
Service 2013
SharePoint and Project Yes Yes
App model
New Enterprise Project
Types:
SharePoint Tasks Yes Yes
List
Enterprise Project Yes Yes
Authentication and
Authorization:
Claims Yes Yes
Authentication
Classic Yes Yes
Authentication
 Office 365 mapping of CSA
Office 365 Security:  Security, Compliance and Privacy
 Cloud Control Matrix requirements
Greater than 15
years of experience
in providing Yes
security for online
data
The Security Development Lifecycle
(SDL) is a software development
Secure security assurance process
consisting of security practices
Development Yes
grouped by seven phases: training,
Lifecycle
requirements, design,
implementation, verification,
release, and response.
 For more information,
 see Microsoft Security
 Development Lifecycle.
Moving productivity services to the
cloud requires a serious
consideration of security and
privacy issues and technologies.
Office 365 is designed to deliver
the enterprise-grade security you
require to move to the cloud with
confidence. Our data centers are
5 Layers of Security Yes designed, built, and managed using
a defense-in-depth strategy at both
the physical and logical layers, and
our services are engineered to be
secure using the Security
Development Lifecycle.
 For more information, see
 the Security in Office 365 White
 Paper.
Proactive Yes
Monitoring
Operations Access Yes
Restriction
Application Security:  Plan user access in Project Server
 2013
SharePoint Permission Mode
creates SharePoint groups that
directly correspond to the default
security groups found in Project
Permission Mode. In SharePoint
Permission Mode, you cannot edit
the default permissions assigned to
any of these SharePoint groups.
SharePoint Also, you cannot create additional
custom groups, categories,
Permissions
Resource Breakdown Structure
Mode:
(RBS) nodes, or edit the default
permissions assigned to any of
these objects. If you need more
management of your user
permissions in Project Server 2013,
you can change to Project
Permission Mode.
 For more information, see Plan
 user access in Project Server 2013.
Yes Yes
Unified security
management
through SharePoint
Server
Permissions
inheritance for Yes Yes
PWA and
Workspaces
Direct
authorization
against Active Yes Yes
Directory security
groups
Claims-based Yes Yes
authorization
Manage
authorization by Yes Yes
role-based groups
Extensible and Yes Yes
customizable
Project Server  Plan groups, categories, and RBS in
Permissions
 Project Server 2013
Mode:
Claims-based Yes Yes
authorization
Manage
authorization by Yes Yes
role-based groups
Extensible and Yes Yes
customizable
User delegation Yes Yes
Ability to secure Yes Yes
work resources
Impersonation Yes Yes
Security filtering
using the Resource Yes Yes
Breakdown
Structure
Custom Security Yes Yes
Categories
Microsoft Excel:
PWA Import to Yes Yes
Excel 2013
PWA Import to
Excel 2010
PWA Import to
Excel 2007
Microsoft Word:
PWA Import to Yes Yes
Word 2013

Reference:  https://technet.microsoft.com/en- us/library/dn268595.aspx

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