*** Update 2019-01-07 - as we continue rolling out some customers may be blocked due to not having the latest CDS for Apps version - so please see this documentation that will help overcome that problem - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/common-data-service/upgradecds/introduction-upgrade-cds ***
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.
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.
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.
*** Update 12/10 - we also have a current issue that the preview Admin Center isn't showing Project Online - so switch to the classic version - we should have this fixed shortly ***
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:
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!.
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!
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.