Openhour’s TimeTracker winner of a Visual Studio Magazine 2015 Reader’s Choice Award

Visual Studio Magazine announced the winners of its 22nd annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The 2015 winners are chosen by the readers of Visual Studio Magazine and honor the best Visual Studio-related tools and services in 31 categories.


Openhour TimeTracker received the Silver award in the category of Visual Studio Productivity Tools.


TimeTracker automatically captures and informs software engineers of how they spend time against multiple projects. TimeTracker can even automatically generate timesheets with billing codes, if desired. The insights presented by TimeTracker can help drive profitability and streamline corporate workflows.

“Openhour is thrilled to have been nominated and selected by readers of Visual Studio Magazine to represent Visual Studio’s most compelling application offerings,” expressed Mark Hirsch, CEO of Openhour, in response to the win.

Michael Domingo, Editor in Chief of Visual Studio Magazine, explains of the award, “In casual conversation and e-mail exchanges with developers over the past year, most of them have been quick to let you know what tools and services have had the most impact on their careers.”

Visual Studio Magazine presented three awards per category: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The awards are based on the responses of hundreds of Visual Studio Magazine subscribers. The online ballot, which was compiled by the editors of Visual Studio Magazine, included more than 400 products.

The winner’s list will be available online at Visual Studio Magazine, and in a special edition PDF available for download in December.

Timesheets, better, with TimeTracker

TimeTracker is a tool designed to automatically capture users’ professional productivity, generating accurate, comprehensive timesheet drafts for easy review, modification, and submission to existing administrative systems, including many popular ERP platforms.

The results – an accurate assessment of your time, without the burden of the effort or time required to compile and compose your daily timesheet details.

With TimeTracker, users and organizations can boost billable hours, and garner the project and productivity analytics necessary to make intelligent, data-driven business decisions.

For more information on how Openhour’s TimeTracker can integrate with your business, contact our team at info@openhour.com.

Openhour talks Microsoft Ventures and innovation on NYU campus

On October 21st, Mark Hirsch, CEO of Openhour, spoke with Microsoft Ventures candidates in New York’s, Henry Kaufman Management Center on the NYU campus, regarding Openhour’s efforts amid the embedded accelerator program and his start-up experience, broadly.

Alongside a collection of Microsoft Azure and Ventures spokespeople, Hirsch shared his thoughts on the potential present in Microsoft’s accelerator and responded to questions posed by those seeking to participate in the innovation-centric program.

And Hirsch welcomes the opportunity to discuss Openhour’s Ventures and start-up experience further. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about Openhour’s experience within the Microsoft Ventures program, please freely contact us at info@openhour.com.

Openhour to speak at Microsoft Ventures’ NYC Machine Learning event

This evening, Openhour’s Mark Hirsch will be joining Microsoft Ventures in New York’s, Henry Kaufman Management Center, to share his experiences leading a software start-up amid Microsoft Ventures’ accelerator program.

Openhour created TimeTracker – an automatic, intuitive timesheet compiling tool that captures your professional efforts, project by project, and prepares the data for your review and submission.

From 6:00 to 8:00 PM EST, Microsoft Ventures will invite potential accelerator participants to engage Microsoft’s Ventures and Azure Machine Learning teams to learn about the upcoming Machine Learning-focused program and how it may benefit their up-and-coming venture.

Given Openhour’s past and present interest in Microsoft’s supporting efforts among the technology start-up community, we’re hopeful Hirsch’s insights provide attendees the information they need to pursue a chance at being one of sixteen Machine Learning ventures.

Easy calendar integration, with TimeTracker

At Openhour, improving productivity is top-of-mind in every feature we build and launch. We’re always striving to find ways to make time tracking easier, and our calendar integration is just one way we’re meeting that goal.

TimeTracker saves you time by automatically tracking activities on your computer and phone, then matching your activity with project codes.

Calendar coordination, with TimeTracker.
The effort required to compare the content of one’s calendars, timesheets, and daily activities demands time that could be better focused elsewhere. TimeTracker saves users time by including scheduled meetings and other activities, removing the need to compare and contrast information across platforms.

By simply inserting #TT into the meeting description on Microsoft Exchange, Google, or iCal calendar, TimeTracker automatically transfers each tagged meeting to your timesheet. And TimeTracker assigns the correct billing code to all meeting participants, saving both you and your colleagues the need to individually enter that time.

Like everything else in Openhour’s TimeTracker solution, you have control and can decide to add/edit/remove any items before submitting.


For those already using TimeTracker, directions to get you started:

  • Microsoft Exchange Calendar: Your Administrator can enable TimeTracker for your organization. Once enabled, you can opt-in or -out via the TimeTracker Account Settings. See upper right pull-down in the TimeTracker browser.
  • Google Calendar: You can easily configure TimeTracker to retrieve your meetings. You can see instructions here at this Google Calendar blog post.
  • iCal Calendar: If you use iCal, here are simple instructions for associating an iCal calendar with a Google Calendar, which TimeTracker can access.

TimeTracker nominated for a Visual Studio Magazine 2015 Reader’s Choice Award

We’re pleased to announce Openhour’s TimeTracker has been nominated for a Reader’s Choice Award in Visual Studio Magazine, among Productivity Tools.

Following our recent integration with Visual Studio 2015, Openhour is excited by the positive feedback received from developers using Microsoft’s comprehensive, application-building platform. TimeTracker users have noted the ease of integration with Visual Studio 2015, and their newfound ability to do more with the workday, relieved of the burden of composing a daily timesheet.

The Openhour team hopes to build upon this encouraging feedback, and we invite you to support us in that process by voting for TimeTracker in Visual Studio Magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. To vote for Openhour’s TimeTracker, simply access the digital voting form and seek us under Productivity Tools.

We understand this requires your effort and time – two things we want to preserve on your behalf – and we appreciate your vote, immensely.

TimeTracker now available in the Visual Studio Gallery

Starting today, those interested in benefitting from the time-management capabilities of Openhour’s TimeTracker can download the platform via the Visual Studio Gallery.

With our recent Visual Studio 2015 integration, TimeTracker hosts improved functionality for developers working within Microsoft’s comprehensive application-building environment. And for those assessing time daily against a project plan or client requests, TimeTracker can alleviate the burden of documenting one’s spent time; the tool runs in the background, automatically capturing your professional efforts using project codes, ultimately presenting a compiled, fully editable timesheet for your review and submission.

Click here to download Openhour’s TimeTracker from the Visual Studio Gallery.