Microsoft, on Monday, launched a project management app for Office 365 called Planner. It is a task tracking application designed for its Office 365 suite. With the help of its Microsoft Office 365 Planner, businesses, schools and organizations can collaborate and track work more efficiently.

The Planner app, similar to Asana and Trello has been released as part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite. The app has a dashboard that lets the user organize plans, assign tasks, share files and more.

“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,” confirmed the team behind Planner in a blog post.

“Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide,” added Microsoft.

The all new Microsoft Office 365 Planner application will enable users to:

  • assign and collaborate tasks
  • create new plans
  • organize new plans
  • set due dates for plan implementation
  • update statuses
  • share files

There will also be a visual dashboard which will help users to keep a tab on the progress of the assigned tasks. Moreover, email notifications will also keep users updated.

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Ever since the launch of the preview build of the application, Microsoft has been working closely with many Office 365 customers across the globe. For instance, the company managed to convince the local government of Cascais, Portugal to adopt the Microsoft Office 365 Planner app for organizing their work.

Microsoft Office 365 Planner uses the well-established concept of digital “boards” to help organize work. The latest offering by Microsoft has an edge over its competitors. Apart from Office 365, the Planner is integrated into other Microsoft products as well. This means, the conversations of the Microsoft Office 365 Planner will also be available on Outlook 2016, Outlook on the web, Outlook Groups Mobile Apps and even OneNote.

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