Microsoft Project alternatives

Microsoft Project
Microsoft Project is a project management software program developed and sold by Microsoft which is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. The application creates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology third-party add-ons are also available. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are visualized in a Gantt chart. Microsoft Project free alternatives are Asana and Trello
Microsoft Project alternatives are:
Basecamp, Asana, ProjectLibre, Wrike, SharePoint, Jira, QuickBase



Here are the latest news about Microsoft Project:

2012 Microsoft Project and SharePoint will join Office 365


Together with SharePoint 2013 (probably in early 2013) Microsoft will release its project management system Microsoft Project 2013. These two systems have become inseparable, because SharePoint is used as a collaboration layer under the administrative component of MS Project. With the new version, this integration will become even tighter. You'll be able to start a new project by creating a simple page with a task list and calendar in SharePoint, and only when you need more close control over the project you'll be able to turn on this project management in the MS Project. But of course, the main news about Project 2013 is appearance of the online version Project Online, that will be available in the Office 365 cloud. And, (like in case with new SharePoint Online), developers will be able to create their own add-ons and even sell them via Office marketplace.


Microsoft promises that Project Online will support all browsers. However, the online version will not have all the features of the desktop syster. In particular, there will be no new super reporting module, which is already admired by all MS Project fans.


2009 Project 2010 to become a part of Sharepoint

Project 2010
Today at the MS Project Conference in Phoenix Microsoft previewed the next generation of its project management system MS Project 2010. And the new version is quite interesting. It's generally known, that the main lack of MS Project is that it's not suitable for collaboration. Common users never understood its interface, and it never provided collaborative tools. Microsoft fixed this problem in its own way. First, MS Project will work only on top of SharePoint 2010 Server and will be integrated in it. So users will be able to create a project site (with Gantt Chart and task list) and easily share it in Sharepoint. Second, Project 2010 will be connected to Exchange Server and all the project tasks will be available in Outlook, Outlook Web Access and Outlook Exchange for Mobile.

Besides, instead of rudimentary web-client Project Web Access there will be full-functional web-interface with ribbon menu (in Office 2007 style). Microsoft developers promise that it will be as easy-to-use as Word or Excel. They also boast of the new project view that can replace Gantt Chart in the future. It's called Timeline View (it's shown above the Gantt Chart on the screenshot).

The new version will also make happy software developers and financial managers. For developer teams Microsoft integrated Project 2010 with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (team development platform). And financial managers will love the  inbuilt integration of Project 2010 and MS Dynamic AX.

The public beta of Project 2010 will be available closer to the end of the year. And the official release is planned for the first quarter of 2010 when the whole Office 2010 suite will appear.