Microsoft Planner Office screenshot 002

Microsoft today said that its new productivity and teamwork app, called Planner, is now rolling out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. “Beginning today, Planner will start rolling out to all eligible tenants,” said the Windows giant.

“We expect the rollout to be complete in the next several weeks.” Companion Planner apps for iOS, Android and Windows are currently being worked on and should release later this year.

Making teamwork easy

Designed to make teamwork a more frictionless process, the new app offers a highly visual way to organize teamwork. You can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, update statuses, chat about what you’re working on and get updates on progress—all from within this app.

Microsoft Planner Office screenshot 001

Microsoft says Planner can be used to manage a marketing event, brainstorm new product ideas, track a school project, prepare for a customer visit or just organize your team more effectively.

Here’s a quick video overview of Planner, courtesy of Microsoft.

Each new plan created in Planner automatically creates a new Office 365 group.

Upcoming updates will implement additional features the ability to assign a task to multiple users, external user access, plan templates, customizable boards and more.

Planner availability

As mentioned, eligible Office 265 subscribers (Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans) will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it’s available for them to use.

Source: Microsoft

  • 5723alex .

    Why Apple can roll out a new OS (Mac, iOS) to ALL its 1B+ users, at the same time, all over the world, and Microsoft needs several weeks to complete rolling out an app?

    • Kaptivator

      Maybe because Apple develops its software for its own hardware and Microsoft has to develop software for any and all hardware. Just my guess. But that’s the only thing that makes sense to me. Your thoughts?

      • TechnoBuff

        You nailed it perfectly well.

      • 5723alex .

        Office 365 has nothing to do with PC hardware…
        I think its because Microsoft cloud-Azur sucks, which by the way is the reason why Apple’s cloud services crash so many times.

  • vivalaivsca

    Is this Microsoft’s answer to Trello?

    • vivalaivsca

      just watched the video, i will answer my own question now. Yes, its like Trello on steroids. Too bad they prob wont offer any cool APIs like Trello.