Earlier in the year we added some great new features to help users of Project Online - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/01/22/project-online-have-you-seen-any-of-the-new-bits-we-have-added.aspx – and we had to switch one off when we hit some issues. We have resolved and tested out the new project wizard and it will be coming to your Project Online tenants over the next few days or so.
We currently have a vacancy in our team for a Support Escalation Engineer, to help us support Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online. Full details out on the Careers site and this could either be located in Issaquah, WA which is where I am based (just a few miles away from Redmond/Seattle) or with our Texas team down in Las Colinas. Applications on the careers site – don’t send your resumes to me. The job title says Support Escal Eng-Sharepoint – as we come under the SharePoint group, but this is for Project and we are expecting experience with our product set.
I think it is a great job, otherwise I wouldn’t do it – and before anyone asks – this isn’t for my role – I didn’t succumb to the food retail opportunity down the road (private joke for my FB friends…).
The April 2014 Cumulative Update (CU) for Project 2010, Project 2013, Project Server 2010 and Project Server 2013 is now released (mostly) so see Microsoft Project Server 2010 and 2013 April 2014 CU Announcement for the full details. Due to some recent issues with SharePoint and Project Server 2013 SP1 there are some packages held back, including a patch that contains several of the fixes for Project Server 2013 that folks are waiting for. View load failures in timesheets, status update for mater pages, saving protected baselines and grouping in views are ones affected. More information once I have it.
There should be no issue installing the April CU if you already loaded SP1 (I gave a false alarm earlier – but my server had a pre-release SP1 installed). We will be re-releasing SP1 and when we do you should re-install even if you have SP1 installed already – this will ensure no issue will be seen with future patches.
8th April has arrived and just a reminder of my post a couple of month’s ago - http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/02/25/project-2003-and-project-server-2003-end-of-support-life-announcement.aspx that announced end of support life for Project 2003 and Project Server 2003 – you can find all the links on that site to help plan your migration if you haven’t already made the change.
Today is also the last day of support for Window XP – for consumer customers you can find information at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/end-support-help and for our Enterprise customers there is more information at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx – which also has a countdown clock – just 17h 17m and 17s to go – well even less when you read this – or more likely it is already at 0!
Also a good time to mention the Windows 8.1 Update - http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx with this article from the Windows Blog.
As a precaution due to a recently discovered issue both the SharePoint 2013 and Project Server 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) downloads have been temporarily made unavailable. I will post more information when I have it.
The KB articles for Project Server 2013 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817434 and SharePoint 2013 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817429 have been updated with:
“We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published.”
The April Cumulative Update is due out next week, and I will be sure to cover in the Cumulative Update release what impact this issue might have, both for customers who have already loaded SP1 and those who have yet to load it..