2-plan Desktop Project Management Software – Free Microsoft Project Alternative

Microsoft Project is a well-known software application developed and sold by Microsoft Corp. The program provides many project management tools that help in developing a plan, analyzing the workload, managing budgets, etc. However, Microsoft Project costs money,  so the need for a free alternative with same functionalities always exists. One such alternative we have come across is 2-plan.

MS Project alternative

2-Plan allows you to handle multiple projects simultaneously by breaking them into sub projects and controls them with some great animated graphics. It allows you to create project plans online and manage them effectively.

The free Microsoft Project alternative allows you to filter the project information depending on your preferences via its extended project explorer. One can view the important details of the project immediately or save and access it later for analysis.

The portable software supports an attractive drag and drop interface along with a project baseline feature that enables a person to compare his project forecast with his team’s project forecast. A Gantt chart maker that is included helps you to manage resource scheduling and project timelines.

2-Plan software application comes as 2 separate versions of the 2-Plan product namely,

  1. 2-Plan desktop (A 42 MB size java application, compatible with windows OS and available for both 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions.)
  2. 2-Plan Team (an open source PHP application, provides team collaboration and project management features for groups of people, can be installed on a web server)

The latter version is downloaded as a zipped file and therefore requires being unzipped first to extract its contents and then be activated.

The installation process is quite simple and easy but do ensure that you have Java on your computer before you start. Checkout the 2-Plan desktop video to get an idea on how it works.

To download 2-Plan go here.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. Db

    What’s “buttom-up” planning?

  2. Grr

    This looks promising.

    Is it compatible with MS Project?

  3. Saxenahem2507

    no it is not. it’s an alternative to MS Project.

  4. Billivinson

    Can’t seem to get it to do much – might delete.

  5. bethel95

    It’s planning for teams that like to sit *very* close to one another, I guess…

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