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NOTE: Project Server 2013 is now available for production use. The following article was published when Project Server 2013 demo product was released.

Project Server 2013 Preview was released in July 2012 and it is a companion product to Microsoft Project Professional 2013. It may be called as P15 in terms of versioning. Itís a latest version of EPM from Microsoft.


Microsoft EPM/Project Server versions in chronological order:
  • Project Central (P9)
  • Project Server 2002 (P10)
  • Project Server 2003 (P11)
  • Project Server 2007 (P12)
  • Project Server 2010 (P14)
  • Project Server 2013 (P15)

Project Server 2013 is a multi-tiered system that extends the architecture introduced in Office Project Server 2007. Currently, Project Server 2013 is a beta product and full version will be released in the future.

Project Server 2013 Preview is built on SharePoint Server 2013 Preview. Project Server 2013 Preview also provides extensive reporting capabilities through Excel Services in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview for reporting on all aspects of the project lifecycle.

New/Enhanced Features in Project Server 2013 Preview:
  • Save project baseline feature is now enable in PWA. All earlier versions of Project Server supports setting baseline only using Project Professional.

  • Migration of Project Server instance between servers was a complex process in Project Server 2007/2010 versions, as it involves four databases. New version Project Server 2013 is built on one database and hoping that building development/QA instances will be simple.

  • SharePoint Permission Mode has been introduced in Project Server 2013 preview. SharePoint Permission Mode does not require synchronization between Project Server users and SharePoint sites; SharePoint Permission Mode uses fewer system resources and allows for greater scalability. SharePoint Permission mode offers great flexibility in terms of user access management to the sites. A new installation of Project Server 2013 Preview automatically starts you in SharePoint Permission Mode. If you require more detail in managing permissions, you can easily switch to the Project Permission Mode by using a Window PowerShell command.

  • Project Server 2013 Preview, big improvements have been made to synchronization and timer job performance.

    According to Microsoft, the following are test results on sample test data of 6100 users in 12 plus nested groups. The time required for processing the AD synchronization in Project Server 2010 and Project Server 2013 Preview are listed below in minutes.

    Synchronization TypeProject Server 2010 SP1 (Minutes)Project Server 2013 Preview (Minutes)
    Initial Synchronization20:017:43
    Recurring Synchronization14:0700:24

  • Looking very impressive and exciting to hear that new version is touch screen enabled and mobile access is enabled to view project data. By using the touch-enabled mobile site, you can access and edit relevant project documents and do lightweight editing of project plans from your Windows Phone 7.5 (using the Internet Explorer 9 browser), Apple iPhone, or Android device.

  • The release of Project Server 2013 is paired with the release of a new service in Office 365 for enterprises, "Project Online". Basically, your organization can host Project Server hardware/servers in Microsoft data centers. Your Project Server will be in cloud, so you can access it from anywhere. Entire operational maintenance can be handled by Microsoft and also they will provide disaster recovery, and maintenance. If you decided to host your SharePoint/Projectserver in Microsoft data centers, Microsoft offers guaranteed, financially-backed uptimes and phone support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Interesting feature in Project Server 2013 preview is, new proposal can be created and managed in SharePoint Server (say, with a SharePoint list) ó and seamlessly integrated with Project Server.

  • Server Settings options in Project Server 2013 are now divided into PWA site level and Central Administration site.

  • The little disappoint news is, Project Server 2013 Preview doesn't have the Compatibility features. Project Professional 2013 is the only client tool connect to Project Server 2013.

The following screenshots are included in this article to present the look of key components in Project Server 2013 Preview.




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