Meet Planner, Microsoft’s App for Project Management

June 9, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft’ s Planner, an all-in-one tool for project management, is entering its post-beta phase. The company has announced that it has started rolling Planner to all Office 365 subscribers.

Planner, the free cloud-based tool, will assist businesses and teams in collaborated work with regard to tasks like plan layouts, project creation, task assignments, file sharing, etc. It also features other simple, but useful tasks like highlighting to-dos, and other important notes.

Planner arrives as a rival to services like Asana and Trello, and it features a similar digital whiteboard ecosystem. The app can be launched from the app launcher within Office 365, and users will be swiftly directed to the dashboard where users can perform the aforementioned functions. It also provides the space for users to update statuses.


Note cards are made available alongside, with which users can monitor the work progress. Users can also configure the app to send e-mails to the rest in the team once they have been assigned a task or involved with a plan.

One big advantage of Microsoft over its rival products is its free availability for Office 365 subscribers. This could also be a blow to similar apps within the Office 365 like Basecamp and Slack, which is provided at monthly costs of over $5.

Besides, Planner also provides integration to services like OneNote and Outlook, and the dependence of teams upon Microsoft’s own Excel could further highlight the utility of having Planner in their basket.

Planner app is available now free from all devices including desktops, tablets and smartphones.

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