August 24, 2016

Sneak Peek: Microsoft Office 365 Planner Revealed


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If you work in large groups across multiple projects, then you may already be using project management software like Trello or Basecamp.

Microsoft has now started rolling out a preview of its own project management solution known as Office 365 Planner to those participating in the Office 365 First Release program, the Planner team said in a post.

Planner, originally code-named “Highlander” is a lightweight project management tool that allows teams to organize, assign tasks, create plans, share files, and chat about what everyone is working on, among other activities.

The tool divides overarching plans and goals into separate “Boards,” with a card representing each task. It also uses charts to show progress and can be used to organize Office attachments.

The tool also easily integrates with existing Office 365 groups so you can hit the ground running.

The Planner preview is available to First Release customers who have one of the following Microsoft licenses:

  • Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • Office 365 Enterprise E3
  • Office 365 Enterprise E4
  • Office 365 Enterprise E5
  • Office 365 Education
  • Office 365 Education E3
  • Office 365 Education E4
  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Business Premium

Office 365 administrators who have opted into First Release can install the Planner preview after receiving an initiation email from Microsoft. The company expects to complete the roll-out of the Planner preview to First Release customers worldwide in the next several weeks.

Although this tool was primarily designed for business use, Office 2016 users can also use it to, plan vacations, engage in creative projects, and more.

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Antony Maina Antony Maina is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. His beat includes social media, general business reporting and exploring how people relate to technology. With a background in freelance writing, he is a contributor to other tech websites and can be found at Word4Bloggers.

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  1. Thanks for this nice post. It is quite handy information about an another ace tool from Microsoft. Office 365 Planner seems amazingly promising project management tool to provide so many features like creating plans, share files, and chat. All in all, it feels like a creative tool to make life easy. Just shared this post on my twitter timeline.

  2. Aira Bongco

    As a planner addict, I am actually pretty excited about this. I want to know how it works though and whether or not it can help me organize my schedule and everything else.

  3. Though I haven’t used Microsoft 365 yet, but checked them out in various blogs. I hope to use to sooner or later with great features and opportunities.

  4. Will you be able to collaborate on projects with non-office365 users who are outside of the corporation I work in?

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