[RELEASE] Microsoft Planner

Microsoft Planner is finally released for general availability. This means all users of Office365 can finally start using Planner for tasks and lightweight project management.

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Microsoft Planner ready for showtime

Today marks the general availability of Microsoft Planner. Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. This includes Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.

All users with eligible subscription plans will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it is available for them to use. No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.

The addition of Planner to the Office 365 lineup introduces a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.

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Charts in Microsoft Planner.

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Board in Microsoft Planner.

Since we rolled out the Planner Preview, we have been working closely with a variety of Office 365 customers from around the world. Many of them have already experienced quantifiable benefits from increased collaboration and expedited time to value.

Câmara Municipal de Cascais has governed the town of Cascais, Portugal, for 650 years. This long history of service just got a boost after it transitioned to Office 365. More than 1,000 employees have quickly adopted Planner to better organize their teamwork and expedite the completion times for various government initiatives.

“With Planner, we improved collaboration by about 20 percent. We’re completing group initiatives approximately seven percent faster, and everyone stays aligned easily due to the added level of transparency.”
—Miguel Pinto Luz, deputy mayor of Câmara Municipal de Cascais

Read the Câmara Municipal de Cascais customer story to learn more about their innovative use of Office 365.

Hancock Askew & Co. is a public accounting firm that serves national and international clients. The firm recently adopted Planner to help team members in multiple offices manage client engagements in a more organized and collaborative manner resulting in reduced need for status meetings, greater visibility into progress of assigned tasks and more accurate client communication.

“We have consistently received the Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, and Office 365 has been a great resource for us in maintaining that award even through rapid growth. By using Planner, we add to that flexibility, giving team members transparency into what’s getting done, no matter where or what time of the day it is.”
—Greg B. Ameden, director of IT Assurance Services at Hancock Askew & Co.

Let us know what you think!

We are committed to reading every piece of feedback we receive and turning that into action, so that we can continue to improve Planner. Some of the new features we plan to introduce over the next few months include the ability to assign a task to multiple users, external user access, plan templates, customizable boards and apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

Drop us a line on our Planner UserVoice to let us know what you think of Planner and what improvements you would like to see.

—Planner team

Frequently asked questions

Q. When will Planner be available in my Office 365 tenant?

A. Beginning today, Planner will start rolling out to all eligible tenants. We expect the rollout to be complete in the next several weeks.

Q. Does Planner integrate with Office 365 Groups?

A. Office 365 Groups is a foundational service that allows individuals to easily create public or private groups. Each new plan created in Planner automatically creates a new Office 365 group.

One comment

  1. I recently started using the preview version of Office 365 planner.

    I’m a project manager for the internal BI dashboards project. It is a great way to organize my team and let them know what has priority this sprint. I combine it with Project Online (no integration yet) to get timesheet information from the team. So there are 2 tasks in the Project Schedule, and a whole lot of cards detailing the things that could/should be done.

    Not sure if this is the designed way to work, but I got praises from everyone that it was very efficient.

    Kind regards,
    Erik (The Project Corner Blog)

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