When people talk about paid project management software solutions, Microsoft Office Project must be one of them, a leading project management program developed by Microsoft Corporation. Since it provides many useful features, the price is also high. There are several other project management programs available on the market today including MatchWare MindView, Project KickStart, RationalPlan and more (see in the table below). The price of the product ranges from less than a hundred to several hundred dollars.
Some people may say MatchWare MindView is a mind mapping software. Yes it is. Even it is not designed specifically for project management, but it provides all essential tools for effective project planning and management.
Free / Open Source Edition
What about free project management software? Is it worth to have a try? Sometime you don’t have to pay for commercial software. There are several outstanding free project management software programs available for you to download and use at no cost. Most of them are open source application, source code also available for free. Let me provides you some highlight:
OpenProj is open source project management software program that its developer claims that OpenProj is a replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. Yes, it does. Even it is not equal to MS Project, but this program provides various useful features for project planning, scheduling and management.
Open Workbench is a free project management software program which is designed for project scheduling and management. It is also an open source application which runs on Windows platform including Windows 2000 and XP. The software can be downloaded and used for free for any number of users and it can also be used by individuals or any type of organization.
GanttProject is a simple and easy to use free project management software program by GanttProject Team. It is available for multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac. You can use it whether your computer is running Windows, Mac or Linux operating system.
After reading the quick overview, I hope you get some ideas. Now let find out what are the solution available for you to choose.