Microsoft Project Server 2019 is the latest version of the proven server-based tool for project and portfolio management. As with Project Server 2016, the latest version is a feature of Microsoft SharePoint. You will install SharePoint 2019 and activate Project Server 2019 after purchasing the licenses.
Project Server 2019 is a copy of Project Online as of May 2018. The new features in Project Server 2019 are:
More on the new Project Server 2019 features.
Important note: So far, the functions for agile planning methods have not been included in Version 2019. These can be found in the new Project for the Web (Project Plan 1) and the Project Online Desktop Client (Project Plan 3).
Find information about the previous versions here:
Note: If you are still working with Project Server 2013 or an older version, please also check the changes introduced with Version 2016. The most important change was the improvement of resource planning in collaboration with the team leaders. However, a more efficient way to implement this is with TPG TeamManager – also starting from Project Server 2013.
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Compared to Version 2016, the more interesting features are those for team resources and the granularity of the Timephased Data in the reporting database, which were mentioned first. Microsoft also made some significant improvements in the background concerning the technology and performance.
If you are still working with Project Server Version 2013 or older, we definitely recommend the migration to Project Server 2019 or to Project Online.
However, the range of functions in MS Project 2019 Client is smaller than in the Project Online Desktop Client, which can be streamed from the cloud and used offline. We therefore recommend using the Project Online Desktop Client, as it can be used with Project Server 2019 and its predecessors.
If you are still working with an earlier version of Project Server, you should know the end dates for mainstream support and the chargeable extended support of your versions. The deadlines are:
If your IT department makes a point of using only products for which support is still provided, you should consider changing to Project Server 2019.
Why you should use Project Server & not Project Client as a standalone tool.
Access to Project Server 2019 is possible with:
More detail on the technical compatibilities of Project Server here.
For comparison: access to Project Server 2016 is possible with:
More detail on the technical system requirements of Project Server here:
For comparison: System Requirements for Project Server 2016
Our tip: Before you opt for Project Server 2019, you should take advantage of the free trial option for Project Server in the Project Online Version. The benefit is that you will have no investment (except for the monthly subscription fees) and could start the trial immediately.
Migration only works by installing the next version and taking over the database(s) from the old version. If you are starting from an earlier version of Project Server, migration has to take place step by step: from Version 2010 to 2013 to 2016 to 2019.
For this process, TPG employs a proven Project Server migration method.