@CJohnsonO365 Christopher Johnson
December 7, 2018
@TheRealJohnoDQ John Collins
December 8, 2018

Project Online: Getting Started with Roadmap

As we start deploying the various pieces of infrastructure needed to support Roadmap you may see some different things in your Office 365 Tenant – so here is a quick explanation of the different parts and what they mean – and the most asked question – how to turn it on!.

TL;DR – Just go to Office 365 Admin, Settings, Services & add-ins and look for Project Online – then see if Roadmap is available for you to turn on yet.  If you don’t see Project Online listed then go to https://project.microsoft.com and hitting that page should trigger the back-fill that will make Project Online appear in the Services & add-ins page (although that doesn’t mean Roadmap is ready for you yet).  More info at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/projectonline/turn-roadmap-on-or-off

One thing that people have noticed is the new service plans that show up under Project Online Professional and Premium.

Service plans under Project Online Premium

The top 3 are new, and are used behind the scenes for the various parts of Roadmap – Common Data Service for Apps (CDS), Flow for Project – and P3 which you can think of as the Project Online equivalent to E3.  These would have appeared around the end of November – but do not mean that Roadmap is deployed – just some of the pieces we needed in place first.  Along with the CDS comes a new App link to Dynamics 365 – even if you didn’t previously have any Dynamics subscriptions.

Starting today, December 7th 2018, we turned on Roadmap, but just for a small percentage of tenants initially.  The tenant administrator can check if it is available yet for your tenant by going to Office 365 Admin Center – https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal/Home#/homepage and then the Settings option and the Service & add-ins option under that.

O365 Admin Settings - Services & add-ins

If Project Online isn’t shown it could be that no one has visited https://project.microsoft.com (the new Home experience) recently – as that page is used to trigger the back-fill of other Roadmap requirements – so go to that page – then look again at the admin center.

If Project Online is shown then you can click that option and another pane opens with a switch to turn Roadmap on.  If Roadmap isn’t ready for you then you will see the following:

Roadmap pane - Roadmap not ready

If Roadmap is ready then you will see the same – without the red note – and you can slide the switch and Save to turn Roadmap on – after reading the mentioned article of course!.

Roadmap pane - Roadmap ready to switch on   Roadmap pane - Roadmap switched on

One you have switched on then you can navigate back to https://project.microsoft.com – or hit the Project icon in the App Launcher – and you will land on the Home page – but it will have a new super power – creating Roadmaps!

Home page with new new Roadmap feature

For further help on Roadmaps you can see our new videos on the Welcome to Roadmap landing page – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-welcome-to-roadmap-57764149-51b8-468f-a50d-9ea6a4fd835a.  There will be even more videos arriving from December 10th 2018 onwards.

If Roadmap isn’t ready it could be that we are still not fully rolled out – or that your tenant needs to be updated to CDS 2.0 and we should have more information on that soon.


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