Microsoft launches project management tool

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27 June, 2016

Microsoft Planner, the tech giant’s latest offering, is being rolled out to numerous users of microsoft-project-management-toolOffice 365. Microsoft referred to the new program as a highly visual and simple method of organising teamwork.

The software, designed for schools, business and other organisations, allows teams to share files, manage tasks, and create new project plans. Essentially, it is competing with such cloud-based planning tools as Trello, Basecamp, and Asana. Microsoft planner is compatible with smartphones, desktops, and a number of other devices.

The app automatically appears in the Microsoft app launcher for any eligible Office 365 user, the company announced. It is available at no cost to subscribers of Office 365 Education, Premium, Business Essentials, and E1-E5 plans.

The team working on Planner said that Microsoft had been communicating with users of Office 365 around the globe to improve the app since it made a preview available last December.

A Microsoft engineer Brian Smith said in a company blog post:

“Planner makes use of Office 365 Groups — so each plan is a group — and when you create a plan, it creates a group. The group then supports the collaboration features by providing storage for attachments and also a mailbox for group discussions.”

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