If you happen to be a Office 365 subscriber then access to the new Microsoft Planner is in your future. As of yesterday, the general availability for Microsoft’s newest service came to pass. According to the Redmond company, the rollout for the service is happening for Office 365 customers throughout the world. Those included in the rollout include Enterprise E1 – E5 Business Essentials, Education, and Premium plans.
You won’t need to do anything special, or download any software whatsoever. Those who are eligible will see the Planner tile automatically in the app launcher for Office 365 and admins won’t have to do any action specifically.
The Trello competitor, as some are calling it, brings a new way for organizations to structure teamwork. It allows for the creation and organization of plans. It also allows for the assignment of tasks and people in the team can collaborate on tasks. A visual dashboard — as well as email notifications — will keep members informed on progress and they’ll be able to see set due dates, update status on project tasks and share files.
Of course, one of the kickers of the Microsoft Planner is its integration with Microsoft’s plethora of Office 365 apps including Outlook, Outlook for the Web, and OneNote. So, Planner should be right at home in your workflow. Microsoft dropped a video on YouTube showing off the new service and you can see it below.
The rollout for Microsoft Planner will take place over the next few weeks so if you haven’t seen it yet, give it a little time. It should hit your account, assuming you’re eligible, soon.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s newest productivity service? Will Microsoft Planner help your team’s work flow? Let us know in the comments section below or on any of our social media accounts.[button link=”https://blogs.office.com/2016/06/06/microsoft-planner-ready-for-showtime/” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Office Blogs[/button]
Last Updated on June 7, 2016.