Projity Launches Beta of OpenProj, the Open Source Replacement of Microsoft Project

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Projity, a leader in on-demand software for the enterprise, SME and SMB markets announced today that the public beta of OpenProj, a complete open source desktop replacement of Microsoft Project, is now being beta tested in over 400 customer sites comprising over 5000 seats. OpenProj, an important component to the open source ecosystem, takes the risk away for customers and allows them to use the product as needed, on demand.

Projity, a leader in on-demand software for the enterprise, SME and SMB markets announced today that the public beta of OpenProj, a complete open source desktop replacement of Microsoft Project, is now being beta tested in over 400 customer sites comprising over 5000 seats. OpenProj, an important component to the open source ecosystem, is a complete replacement of Microsoft Project and available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows.

Since over 28 million users have Microsoft Project installed on their computers, OpenProj offers another opportunity for project managers and anyone trying to manage any type of project. Instead of a $1,000 license fee for Microsoft Project, Projity customers can download OpenProj for free and available on multiple platforms. "The Projity team has received tremendous feedback from key industry leaders, who are already using OpenProj to satisfy their desktop needs," said Marc O'Brien, CEO, Projity. "We have been working on this launch for a while. The Proijty team is excited to provide worldwide usage of a free and open source project management solution that is a complete replacement of Microsoft Project and other desktop solutions. OpenProj's familiar user interface and ability to open existing native Microsoft files makes migrating both free and seamless"

"OpenProj is an exciting addition to the range of professional desktop applications that are available on the free software desktop today. It's increasingly possible to run your business on an entirely open Linux platform, with full compatibility across free software applications and your legacy documents. Congratulations to the Projity team for this milestone release!" said Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu CEO

OpenProj builds upon Projity's SaaS release, Project-ON-Demand. OpenProj offers a seamless migration for Microsoft Project files which open easily, and features a simple user interface. OpenProj's value for the Linux, Unix, Mac, Windows and open source communities is compelling.

"Projity's release of OpenProj is an important addition to the open source marketplace. The project management area now has a full equivalent to the commercial software market. OpenProj is a terrific addition for users of OpenOffice and other open source solutions," said Larry Augustin, SourceForge founder and venture capitalist. Free downloads are also available at http://www.projity.com/openproj

About Projity:
Projity is a Silicon Valley and French company with offices in San Mateo, Paris and India. The company founders have been instrumental in the development of the project management software industry, dating to the mainframe and DOS solutions. Projity was founded with a mission of providing SaaS and open source alternatives to existing legacy solutions. Projity currently has three solutions: Project-ON-Demand (SaaS), Projity Enterprise and OpenProj (open source). There are currently over 100 companies using Project-ON-Demand to manage their projects. There has been tremendous worldwide interest with users in China, Russia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa in addition to the many U.S. and European companies.

Projity, OpenProj and Project-ON-Demand are trademarks of Projity Incorporated. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Industry Testimonials
"Projity's release of OpenProj is an important addition to the open source marketplace. The project management area now has a full equivalent to the commercial software market. OpenProj is a terrific addition for users of OpenOffice and other open source solutions"
Larry Augustin, Sorceforge Founder and venture capitalist

"OpenProj is an exciting addition to the range of professional desktop applications that are available on the free software desktop today. It's increasingly possible to run your business on an entirely open Linux platform, with full compatibility across free software applications and your legacy documents. Congratulations to the Projity team for this milestone release!"
Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu CEO

"We are very excited by the OpenProj software: it clearly fills a gap and we are glad there is now a robust and complete solution for project management from the open source community, we look forward to incorporate it in our distro and make it available to our users"
Francois Bancilhon, CEO Mandriva

"Novell supports all community efforts to bring more applications to the Linux desktop," said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "OpenProj addresses an important customer need -- the availability of an open source application for project management. As more users migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and OpenOffice.org, these users will be seeking tools like OpenProj to help them complete their daily business tasks."
Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platform Solutions at Novell

"OpenProj is one of the applications that IT Professionals, Project Managers and every other Open Source businesses all around the World would want. Freedom to share, freedom to deploy, freedom to use. This is what Market wants. Every day a new brick towards the Open Source platform completeness is put, and this is a big one."
Fabio Erculiani, CEO Sabayon Linux

"OpenProj looks very promising. I have no doubt it will soon seduce people and we'll see individuals and companies switch to OpenProj the same way they previously switched to projects like Firefox or OpenOffice."
Clement Lefebvre, LinuxMint

"Project managers now have a high quality, cross-platform project management solution available with an open source business model. Projity's OpenPROJ is not only compatible with the format used by the most widely used project management tool, but also offers an easy migration path for those who want to explore its features with their existing project data."
Tony Wasserman,
Director, Software Management Program, Carnegie Mellon West

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