Written by Haydon Kirby, IT Account Director – 9th March 2017
Last month, Microsoft rolled out several updates to Office apps on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android and major updates to Microsoft Planner and GigJam.
In recent weeks, Planner has been rolled out to most eligible Office 365 customers which includes all Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans. Users will find Planner in your available list of Apps
What is Microsoft Planner?
If you are looking to boost project productivity and team collaboration then Microsoft Planner is a very handy tool to use to enable this. It’s also useful for department heads to keep an up to date overview on project statuses.
Current users of Trello, the project management and workflow tool will notice many similarities in Office 365 Planner. It’s a good general project management tool where internal teams can create new plans; organise, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while basic visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress. At present all people in the project group need to be Office 365 users, however it’s on the Microsoft roadmap to enable collaboration with non Office 365 users in Planner very soon which will be very useful for businesses looking to include clients within their projects.
iOS and Android apps are in progress and Microsoft Planner is reported to become available on these devices as a Windows Universal App.
Microsoft Planner – Video Overview
What if I can’t see Planner in my list of apps? It is still being rolled out to some customers in the subscription bracket stated above so please be patient.