Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:11

Microsoft adds Planner to Office 365

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Microsoft's Planner collaboration tool is becoming available to most Office 365 subscribers.

Microsoft Planner, as its name suggests, is designed to help make plans and assign and track tasks.

Each plan has its own "board" with each task or item represented by a "card" (see picture below).

Dashboard displays and email notifications help keep participants on track.

Features include the ability to attach files, photos, links, comments and checklists to tasks, and to set and update task favourites.

Microsoft Planner board

Planner integrates with other Office 365 capabilities, including Groups.

This new program is included in various Office 365 subscriptions including Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education.

Eligible users will see Planner in the Office 365 app launcher in the coming weeks.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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