Microsoft launched Planner, his new app for team collaboration. You can use to organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more. This application was in testing face since last summer. Microsoft launched Planner to compete with software like Atlassian’s JIRA Core, and startups like Trello and Asana.
As part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, Planner is an enterprise-ready tool. It supports technical requirements of larger organizations. Like it includes backups, instantaneous recovery, and HIPAA, FISMA, ISO27001 and EU Model compliance.
If you have ever used Trello, you must be familiar with “Boards“. Good news is Planner also use this concept. In each Board, there are individual Cards. Each Card can have their own due dates, attachment, and other things.
Another feature is “Hub”. You can track the progress of the plans. Check who’s on time and who’s behind. You can filter down to see your own tasks and assignments.
And the best part is Planner can be integrated with other Microsoft products. This is beneficial for organizations, who are already using MS suite and services. For example, Planner is integrated into Office 365 Groups. Means that the conversations in Planner are also available in Outlook 2016.
Microsoft also offers a project management software called “Project“. But it was too complex for users. It requires some special skills so you can take full advantage. Managers prefer Excel for their project management rather than MS Project. This is not the case with Planner. The planner is easy to use.
According to Microsoft, they are rolling out Planner to all eligible Office 365 customers. including Office 365 Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans. These customers will see the Planner tile automatically appear in the Office 365 launcher when it becomes available. No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.
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