File extension MPP is associated with Microsoft Project, which is a project management tool that provides a comprehensive set of features to allow you to maintain and organize projects created with the application. The created files contain the file extension MPP.
MPP files are a data file type that contains a wide variety of data related to the various functions of Microsoft Project. The data can include project information, schedules, tasks, workloads, and other components which are necessary for project management.
Microsoft Project is designed for individuals, teams, and businesses of all sizes to provide resource and project management tools in addition to connected platforms for collaboration. The program often works in conjunction with Microsoft Project Server to unify project management by offering web-based collaboration tools for editing, reporting, business case development, and extended interoperability.
How to Open MPP Files
MPP files can be opened using a variety of programs and applications and multiple operating systems. MPP files are not proprietary and are a data file type which enables you to use programs other than Microsoft Project to view the files.
The most popular way to open and view MPP files in Windows is by using Microsoft Project 2010. By using this version of the program you can open MPP files even if they are created by older versions of Microsoft Project. Other programs that will open MPP files include Seavus Project Viewer, which is available as a free trial download on the relevant website, or OpenProj, available as a free download on the SourceForge website. Housatonic or MOOS Project Viewer will also open MPP files in Windows.
For Mac OS X, you can use Stand by Soft RationalPlan, which is project management software that offers a project viewer, single project and multi project applications which are available as an online trial on the RationalPlan website. You can also use MPXJ and OpenProj, which are both available as a free open source download from the SourceForge website.
If you use the Linux operating system, MPP files can be opened with MOOS Project Viewer, specifically designed for viewing files created by Microsoft Project. MOOS is available as a free 30-day trial download from the MOOS Project Viewer website. You can also use Stand by Soft RationalPlan which can be accessed as an online trial on the RationalPlan website. MPXJ and OpenProj will open MPP files in Linux. Both programs are open source and available at no cost on the SourceForge website.