Microsoft back in December 2015 made a public preview of Planner available has now rolled out Office 365 Planner service to Office 365 customers rolled last week.
The new team-planning service, a potential competitor to Trello, automatically creates a new Office 365 group with each new plan created in Planner. And every pre-existing Office 365 Group will get an associated plan.
"Some of the new features we plan to introduce over the next few months include the ability to assign a task to multiple users, external user access, plan templates, customizable boards and apps for iOS, Android and Windows," Microsoft officials said in a post.
Planner, codenamed "Highlander," is a lightweight project-management tool similar to Trello is considered one of Microsoft's next-generation "portals," which builds on top of its Office Graph. (Other planners include the Office 365 video portal and the currently on-hold Infopedia knowledge-management portal.)
Microsoft over the next several weeks will make available Planner to all eligible Office 365 business and education customers worldwide. "This includes Office 365 E1 through E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscribers."
"All users with eligible subscription plans will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it is available for them to use," Microsoft officials said in a blog post. Adding, "No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed," it said.
With Planner now added to the Office 365 lineup, it introduces a new and improved way to structure teamwork easily and get more done. As with Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.