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Open source app challenges Microsoft Project

By   |  January 23, 2008

Linux, Unix, Windows, Mac: Open source and software as a service company, Projity, is going head-to-head with Microsoft Project, having released its open source scheduling application, OpenProj 1.0. Available for Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows, OpenProj opens native Microsoft Project Files and the developers claim that it has equivalent functionality to the proprietary Office product it is attempting to oust.

The initial beta was announced late last year and since then 200 000 users across 132 countries have joined and tested the software. So far, Projity has been translated into Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Korean and Chinese, with many other languages pending.

“OpenProj has given the marketplace an alternative to commercial project management software on the desktop that is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or windows and now in localized languages around the world,” said Marc O’Brien, chief executive of Projity.

In addition to making OpenProj freely available, Projity offers a software as a service, Project-ON-Demand, which can be accessed by multiple users via a browser. Migration between the two programs is said to be seamless.

It will be interesting to see how well this open source alternative is picked up, filling an open source gap left by the successful OpenOffice.org collection of programs.

According to the release, Project is installed on seven percent of all desktops with Microsoft Office. Although this is a relatively sma

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4 Responses to “Open source app challenges Microsoft Project”

  1. Jeff Kirk
    January 24th, 2008 @ 11:59 am

    There are many better alternatives to MS Project out there. For example our team uses Wrike http://www.wrike.com. The tool’s got great timeline feature! You should check it out.

  2. David Fraser
    January 25th, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    Ah, but does it export consistently to MS Project format? That is what enables you to swap the app in one desktop at a time while other people are still using MS Project…

  3. Jim Stephens
    January 25th, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    Great coverage! OpenProj is clearly the best solution in the open source desktop market and I use Project-ON-Demand (Projity’s SaaS solution) because our organization is all over the place. I have used OpenProj and it is really a complete replacement of Microsoft Project. I don’t want to go on a rant but the other comment on the other solution is obviously from an employee of that company. My company tried their solution prior to selecting Project-ON-Demand and it was a joke. Please don’t allow that spam to be posted to your coverage. Enough on that rant!

    IBM just announced integration between Symphony and OpenProj down at Lotusphere. OpenProj is a great replacement so there is no need to buy Microsoft Project ever again :-)

  4. Chris Gander
    June 28th, 2009 @ 6:10 am

    Well I tried Open Project and it looked great BUT BUT BUT when I imported a MS Project file across it only imported some of the file. There were lots of number and text columns that did NOT import making the ‘complete replacement” slightly skew whiff.

    Any comments from OpenProj?

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