SharePoint 2016 to be released in Q2 2016

Blog post from Seth Patton, senior director of product management for the SharePoint team.

Today, we are confirming that SharePoint Server 2016 will become generally available in Q2 2016, with a public beta planned for Q4 2015.  We also want to confirm our commitment to delivering on-premises releases of SharePoint for the foreseeable future. We envision a future where we will continue to have customers who choose a combination of on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployments for many years to come.  We’re excited to start sharing information on our SharePoint investments at Microsoft Ignite, so below I’ve highlighted some of the most relevant sessions to attend if you’re interested in learning more about the road ahead.

Read much more about the next SharePoint release here:



Real life testing: 14 days as an iPhone6 user

As a great surprise to some of you, I have decided to seek out answers to the questions I often get around running Office365 and Project Online on Apple mobile devices. Some of the iPhone questions are rather basic such as “Can I do my timesheets?”, “Does Project Online/Office365 work well from Safari?”, “How does the new PowerBI app work from my mobile device?”. Others are more technical like “Can I connect and use the Microsoft Office/Power BI Apps from my iPhone with my company AD account”. These and more questions, I will try to answer over the next couple of weeks.

To make it a real life test case, I have decided to give up on my beloved Lumia 930, and replace it for 14 days with an iPhone 6 Plus. I have previously done the same test using a Samsung Android device but had to give up after a few days – it simply lacked some basic features I needed.

In order for me to also feel, somewhat, within my comfort zone, I have added the latest Microsoft productivity stack and a couple of Microsoft Project Apps (made by Microsoft Partners). This “clean-up” has left me with the following screen that looks like a hybrid of a Microsoft and an Apple device.


To raise the bar a little, I have also decided to only record my actual hours using my iPhone. To achieve this, without having to use a browser, I will use the Task Management App made by the Microsoft Partner, Project Sensei. (Link to App description).

Once installed, the interface for recording your time and managing your tasks looks like this – (very nice):

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Finally, the new Microsoft PowerBI App, allows me to connect to my updated Project Online reports, that I use daily in my job as CEO. This I will also try to achieve with the use of my new device.


Before I can begin, and actually use the device for my tests, I need to overcome the first challenge. This is around logging on to the various Microsoft Apps (OneNote, OneDrive and PowerBI) using my company provided email address (which is synchronized using ADFS).

Problem 1:

When entering your logon/user account, you are routed to the ADFS logon page. Here you enter your user name (domain user) and password, but you are not able to hit the sign-in button afterwards.


Inform or request from your system administration, that the server running ADFS needs an update which can be found here: This update would in most cases solve the issue and if not, you should look for which security models that are supported by Microsoft.


Follow me in the coming weeks to hear more about my experience from being a temporary iPhone user running a project portfolio in Microsoft Project Online.





[VIDEO TRAINING] How to build your first reports in Project Online

This video will show you how to build your first reports in Project Online. You will learn how to connect from Excel to Project Online and make great reports come to live in the browser.

The video has a duration of 40 minutes – enjoy!


PowerBI Preview available to try now

It has been a long wait time but PowerBI preview is now available globally for everyone to try. From having already seen and played with the next PowerBI release I can say that this is a massive upgrade. Especially those of you interested in Dashboards will be very satisfied with the new UI that also works on Ipad and Iphone. Furthermore, the refresh jobs for all your data sources can be refreshed every hour. There is a whole world of new BI features in this release so hurry up and try it out.

Link to PowerBI preview sign up:

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March “PU” package ready for download

A new set of “Public Updates” for Project Server 2010 and 2013 are now available for download. As there are multiple important steps to follow I am linking directly to the blog post by Brian Smith, Senior Escalation Engineer, Microsoft

The February CU´s for SharePoint and Project have been released

Great news – the cumulative updates for SharePoint Server, Project Professional and Project Server are all released and available for download.

remember, if you are using Project Online and/or the “click-to-run” edition of the Project Client, you dont need to do anything as the updating happens automatically

There is a lot information to cover and for that reason I Refer to the official Microsoft documentation found at the links below:

Link to Project Client 2013 February CU

Link to Project Server 2013 February CU

Link to SharePoint Server 2013 February CU

New Microsoft PPM E-learning concept

Being a busy Project Manager makes it very difficult to find the time to attend a Microsoft Project course. At the same time, finding a course that teaches “Best Practices” rather than the complete tour of functionality, can also be tricky. I guess this is why the Microsoft PPM Partner, Project Sensei, decided to build a new learning experience around Microsoft Project/PPM, which is now available for all of us. Great news!

Two of the strong selling points are learning at your own pace while paying a small fee compared to on-site training. Even better, I have arranged a 10% discount for my blog readers if you decide to try it out. Just add the coupon code “PPMBLOG” during your purchase.

From having already tried out a handful of the course chapters, I can strongly recommend any klind of PPM users to try it out. The concept of learning from “Best Practices” is simply the best, and most efficient way, to get up to speed.

You can find the courses here:


New Project Online features on the Office365 Roadmap

The Office365 Roadmap site is the place to go to learn about what has been “rolled out”, is “coming soon” and is “under development”. The last couple of weeks, new functionality has been rolled out to all Project Online tenants but also interesting, you will also see some new Resource Management features that are now under “Development”.


Resource Engagement Workflow

Project managers, working in Project Pro for Office 365 can systematically place resource requests in order to build their project teams. Soon thereafter, Resource managers working in Project Online will be able to view, modify, accept or reject those requests. Also, decisions made by Resource managers will be available to Project Managers within Project Pro for Office 365 to review and plan accordingly


Capacity Management Capabilities

Resource Managers can benefit from configurable color coded heatmaps to better predict the utilization of   their resource pool in Project Online. These heatmaps will also support seamless drill-down capabilities all the way down to individual resources and their assigned Projects.


Go to the Office 365 Roadmap site

Project Online – Virtual Academy


Are you running Project Online? Are you in need of a basic understanding of what it offers and how to configure it? Last week Microsoft released three new learning videos targeting topics such as “getting started”, “configuration” and “administration”… AND THEY ARE ALL FREE TO WATCH AND DOWNLOAD!

The presenters are some of the most experienced Microsoft Project supporters, Brian Smith and Adrian Jenkins.

Video 1

Project Online: Getting Started

Office 365 Support Corner is an ongoing series of on-demand courses that cover leading Office 365 support issues. ​Check out this course on Project Online, the newest member of the Project family. Find out what this subscription service is and what it isn’t, and learn what you need to know to get up and running with Project Online smoothly and quickly.


Video 2

Project Online: Next Steps

​​If you have a new Project Online tenant, this is your opportunity to learn more about its capabilities and what you need to configure to deliver business value for your users. In this session, walk through the Project Management Office (PMO) level configuration necessary to support your business needs.


Video 3

Project Online: Administration

​Understanding the administration options for Project Online is key for a successful experience, both from the tenant administration within Office 365 and the Project Management Office (PMO) administration for your projects. In this course, get insight into what you have control over within Office 365 Admin Center and the PMO administration within each Project Web App (PWA) site.

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FIX: Windows 8.1 solution to: Where is my “add a wireless display” option?

Just came back from a great MVP conference at Microsoft Redmond. Everything at this conference so I cant share any details. Instead I will share something completely different and not reated to Project Online.

I took the time to buy the great new piece of hardware called “Microsoft Wireless Display Adaptor”, which allows all devices with Windows 8 and 8.1. to project their screen without any cables. Perfect and what every man should wish for this Christmas!


Installing the little device was very simple – just plugged it into my projector. Getting my Surface (Windows 8.1) to project was much harder.

You are told to just click on you “devices” button, hit “project” and then “add wireless adaptor”. Problem is that button is just not there.

The solution is simple but took me a lot of time to figure out, as the product is brand new and don’t have its own blog. That is why I will share the answer here. It turned out it was all related to my Surface Pro 3 having a Cisco VPN client installed.

FIX: Navigate to your WIFI network setup and remove “Deterministic Network Enhancer”. Go back to your devices and projector page – now you will find the “add wireless adaptor”. Easy and I hope I just saved you some hours of troubleshooting.



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