Project Online: The new ‘Home’ experience


*** Update 8/16 I did get some feedback that I was using Chrome in my screenshots - and why not Edge?  I actually have Edge as my default browser, but I do use in private Chrome as the usual way to connect to my Office 365 demo tenant - just to avoid conflicts with login (as I also have other tenants/sites I use in Edge, in private Edge and even in-private IE).  I am editing this in Edge.  We do obviously support other modern browsers too - so I need to use them from a support perspective. ***

I’m following up on the recent blog post about the new home experience and giving a quick walk through – and answering some of the question that have been raised by the announcement.

It should be rolling out over the next few weeks, and it isn’t something that you can choose to have or not have – you will get it.  If you have been using the current landing page (the default PWA site) then you can still easily get there by clicking on the Go to Project Web App link at the foot of the page, but hopefully you will find this page useful after reading more about the capabilities.  It will gain extra features too – so give it a try and let us know which features you want to see added/changed over on UserVoice.

The first time you visit the new home page (from the Project icon in the app launcher aka waffle, or the similar link on www.office.com or even navigating directly to project.microsoft.com) you will get the ‘first run’ experience.  This displays three screens to introduce the basic features.

!st use page 1 - welcome to the home for all of your projects

A quick way to access your recent and favourite projects

First run page 3 suggesting to click Create New to start a new Project

The links on this page allow you to go to the default Project Web App (/sites/PWA – this cannot be changed) so that you can continue to use any customized page that you had configured, or you can click Create New, which currently just has one option – Project.

Showing the Home page and the drop down for Create New with Project as the single option

Clicking Create New will take you to the first page of the create project wizard in the default PWA site (/sites/PWA) and assuming you have permissions to any Enterprise Project Types (EPT) it will show the EPTs that can be used to create a new plan.

Create a new project wizard with EPTs displayed

In my case I have quite a few – and further down the page there is a Next button – to go ahead and create the new project.  I clicked next and created a new project called New Project for Recent List – just to show how this would then appear in my recent projects.

My new Porject in the schedule web part

So back to my Home page – and here I see my recent project above – and I also opened a few other projects so that I would see more.  This will only show projects opened since the feature was turned on so it will grow the list over time.  The cool feature here is that it will be populated with projects opened in ALL of the PWA sites that you access across your tenant – and will include those opened in Project Professional as well as those opened through the schedule web part in PWA.

My populated recent projects list

These are my recent projects – so what can I do from here?  Clicking the project will open it in the correct PWA instance with the default PDP active.  There isn’t currently a way to open in the desktop client (Project Professional).  I can also choose to remove it from the list if I no longer need to have it as a recent plan (the project does not get deleted) – or I can make it a favourite.

Recent list in the Home page showing the drop down to makefavourites or remove from the list

Once I add as a favourite then a tile will be displayed above the list.  Here are my 3 favourites.

Home page showing favourites and recent projects list

And just to prove that these can be from any of my PWA sites (these recent ones were opened from 4 different sites) I’ll click on FirstWelsh – which will take me to my /sites/Welsh PWA site – which was provisioned in Welsh, but as Welsh isn’t a supported language for Project Online it actually shows a mix of languages – with the SharePoint content in Welsh and the PJO content in the fallback language – which is English.

My FirstWelse project - to show a project from the non-default PWA can be listed in Home

Expect further enhancements to come later which will add even more value to the experience and please give us feedback via UserVoice.

Today the target user is the project manager who opens projects either through PWA of Project Professional and gives them a quick way to get to their favourites.  Not so useful to team members right now – but you can continue on to the default PWA to get to all the features team members need – or carry on using direct links to the PWA that you need to work in. 


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