Simply, What’s new and deprecated in Project Server 2016?

Here, I will briefly answer the below questions:

  1. What’re new features in Project Server 2016 compared to Project Server 2013?
  2. What’re deprecated or removed features from Project Server 2016?

What’re new features in Project Server 2016 compared to Project Server 2013?


Create New Project Wizard Experience.

Project Server 2016,

You can easily create a new project through a wizard consists of two steps.

  • The first step to select the Project Type.
    • Enterprise Project.
    • SharePoint Task List.

Create New Project Wizard Experience In Project Server 2016

  • The Second step to fill the basic project information (PDP).

PDP in Project Server 2016

Project Server 2013, 

The New Project Wizard Experience is not available. meanwhile, you can also easily and quickly create your project by clicking on Create and Import Project.

Create Or Import Project

Then provide your Project name,

Create New Project In Project Server 2013

The project should be now listed in Project center and you can fill its project information later.


New TimeLine Options.

The timeline is a graphic design showing the project summary as a long bar labeled with dates. The project Managers are using the timeline to can easily compare between multiple projects in one view.

Timeline tool bar Option in Project Server 2016

Multiple TimeLine.

Project Server 2016, 

You can easily add multiple timelines to can group similer projects/tasks at the project center or schedule page.

Multiple Timelines in Project Server 2016

Set Date Range

Set Date Range In project Server 2016

You can use set Date range option to customize the timeline to show only a specified date range.Set timeline dates in Project Server 2016

Project Server 2013

You can only add one timeline at Project center or Schedule page. and there is no option to set Date range.

Timeline tool bar in Project Server 2013


Project ellipsis

Project Server 2016,

by dint of Project ellipsis, In project center, you can easily view the project summary information like

  • Percentage Complete.
  • Owner.
  • Last Published Date.
  • Open, Share and more option.
Project ellipsis in project server 2016
Project Server 2013, 

The Project ellipsis is not available in Project Server 2013, and to show the project details you have two option:Project Center in Project Server 2013

  • Configure the required columns project center grid, then scroll horizontally to show it.
  • Click on the project name and show the project information at the project page detail.

Resource Engagements.

Project Server 2016

Resource Engagements is the replacement of the old Resource Plan in Project Serve 2013. It helps project managers and resource managers to work together on the specific amount of work and time periods for specific resources associated with a project.

In resource center, the Project Manager can request a resource.

Recource Request in Recource engagements

to manage engagements.

Resource Engagements

Also, there are new efficient views like resource utilization.

Recource center views

like resource utilization

Resource utalization

Note: Resource Plans are not supported in Project Server 2016. Meanwhile, it’s supported to migrate Project Server 2013 Resource Plans to work as Resource Engagements in Project Server 2016. 

Note: Project Standard 2016 & Project Professional 2013 did not include resource engagements. it’s only available if you’re using Project Professional 2016, connected to Project Online or Project Server 2016.

Note: Resource engagements support approval requirements. Meanwhile, the project manager can assign a resource without approval.

Project Server 2013

In project server 23013, there is no approval engagement process. there is a Simple toolbar without resource request option.

Resource toolbar in Project Server 2013Limited views capability.

Resource view project server 2013

Resource view by woork in project server 2013.gif


Project client compatibility

Project Server 2016
  • Project Professional 2016.
  • Project Online Desktop Client.
  • Project Professional 2013.(Not support resource plan)
Project Server 2013
  • Project Professional 2016.
  • Project Online Desktop Client.
  • Project Professional 2013.

Hardware and software requirements

Project Server 2016

Since Project Server 2016 runs as a service application in SharePoint Server 2016. so you just need to check Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint Server 2016. see also Is SQL Server 2016 SP1 supported for SharePoint 2016?

Project Server 2013

Check Hardware and software requirements for Project Server 2013.


One installation

Project Server 2016

One of the biggest changes in Project Server 2016 is the installation process. where

  • A separate installation is no longer required as it was in previous versions of Project Server.
  • The SharePoint Server 2016 MSI file will contain the installation files for Project Server 2016 as well.
  • Project Server 2016 runs as a service application in SharePoint Server 2016.

PWA New

  • Project Server 2016 is only available on SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise.

Note: Although Project Server 2016 is included as part of the SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise installation, but it is still require a separate license.

See also, Install and Configure Project Server 2016.

Project Server 2013

A separate installation is required, the project server 2013 has its independent installation files.


Base installation languages and language packs.

Project Server 2016

Individual language packs for Project Server 2016 are not available, SharePoint Server 2016 language packs will also match languages for both Project Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2016.

Project Server 2013

Project Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013  language packs were installed separately.


There is no a ProjectWebApp Database.

Project Server 2016

In Project Server 2016, A single database (SharePoint Content Database) holds the project data and the content to facilitate the database operations, such as backup and restore, migration, etc.pwa content database in project server 2016

Project Server 2013

In Project Server 2013, a separate Project database is created for each Project Web App instance.

pwa content database in project server 2013

In Project server 2010, there are 5 databases

  1. Draft Database.
  2. Archive Database.
  3. Publish Database.
  4. Reporting Database.
  5. Content Database.

Custom fields limit.

Project Server 2016

To improve performance in Project Server 2016 reporting, there are limits to the single-value custom field.

Project / TimeSheet / Tasks / Resource custom fields limits.
  • 450 text fields.
  • 450 lookup tables.
  • 450 of all other custom field types (cost, date, duration, number, flag).

What’s deprecated or removed from Project Server 2016?

Resource Plans.

In Project Server 2016, what was previously known as Resource Plans in Project Server 2013 has now evolved into Resource Engagements.

My Tasks.

Because of The Work Management Service Application has been removed in SharePoint 2016, The My Tasks and associated Exchange Task Sync features have been removed.

Project Server Interface web service.

PSI is not supported in Project Server 2016.

Please, don’t hesitate to mention any other new/deprecated features in comments.

Enjoy 🙂

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