Online Project Management software are gaining momentum and are becoming irreplaceable assets to Project Managers every day. Simply put, these are implemented as web applications and can be downloaded, installed and accessed over the internet. Their core capabilities are project management tasks such as, managing and scheduling activities and resources, communication among stakeholders and project collaboration among teams which are often geographically dispersed. They are multi user, easy to learn and intuitive in nature, easy to install, manage user access and maintain in general.
There are various levels of “FREE” online project management software available in the market. While almost every provider may claim to give their product for free, there is a degree of usage that is provided for free, either some advanced features may be limited for paying users or a free version is made available only for a trial period. Another prevalent free usage criteria is based on number of members or workspace or data storage.
Free – No Time Limit
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AceProject – offers free usage for up to unlimited members, 1 project and 50 MB of storage for unlimited period. The key features include time tracking, expense tracking, reporting tools, generating Gantt Charts, and web based calendar. Its robust document management system enables users to upload files and documents allowing collaboration among team member and stakeholders. Aceproject brings a fine balance of a collaboration and project management to the table.
Zoho Projects – offers a free plan which comes with 1 project, unlimited users and 10 MB of storage. The features include task management, email integration, document management, calendar, time tracking, Gantt charts and reports.
Free – Trial Only
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Basecamp – offers a 45 day free trial and during which users can test drive this product. It provides for collaboration by way of tools like white board, message board and document managing system with a cool drag and drop feature to place files directly into Basecamp. Calendar tool with a visual appeal to monitor and track important milestones, everyday tasks and coordinate schedules. Reports, to do lists, milestone set-up and multiple project management and user management are the features that stand out.
Wrike – offers a 30 day free trial for unlimited users. Its key features are task assignment and reassignment, task sharing, time tracking, real-time cross project reports/project status, intelligent email-engine, CSV-export and import templates enable to share projects with other PM software like MS Project.
Clarizen– has a 30 day free trial offer with unlimited number of projects, users and tasks or storage. It comes with features like time and budget tracking, issues, resource and expense management among other features. It allows to import schedules from other software like MS project, however export to MS project is not built in. It allows for export to Excel making it easier to work with data in other application.