Microsoft Planner announced

Starting in Spring 2024, the new Planner app will be available in Microsoft Teams, followed by a web experience later in 2024. The current Tasks by Planner and To Do app in Teams will be renamed to Planner.

 

What is Microsoft Planner?

Microsoft Planner is a simple, visual way to organize teamwork. You can create Kanban boards with detailed tasks, collaborate with your team, and track the status of your projects using charts. Planner works across Microsoft 365 applications and integrates with Microsoft Teams, Power Platform, and Viva Goals. You can also use Copilot in Planner, an AI assistant that helps you generate and manage plans. Microsoft is leveraging its experience in collaborative work management (CWM), enterprise work management (EWM) and frontline task management to deliver a new modern work management solution assisted by next-generation AI. Microsoft Planner will easily scale from simple task management to enterprise project management, empowering everyone to manage their work in one place and accelerate business outcomes.

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Introducing the new Planner: simple, flexible, scalable, and intelligent

Simple

The new Planner – integrated in Microsoft Teams –  is a unified experience that lets you manage all your tasks, to-do lists, plans, and projects across Microsoft 365 applications in one simple, familiar experience. You can find the tasks you need, right when you need them, and access recent, shared, and personal plans, as well as tasks assigned to you, in the new Planner.

Flexible

The high flexiblity of the Microsoft Planner allows you to work the way you and your teams want, from individual task management to large team initiatives. You can choose from an array of templates, views, and approaches, such as lists, boards, timelines, and sprints, to personalize your plan. You can also enjoy the features that you use and love today in Project for the web, such as agile sprint planning, team workload, goals alignment, custom fields, and task history, in the new Planner experience.

Scalable

The new Planner is scalable, giving you big picture views across initiatives. You can configure, extend, and automate the new Planner (with or without code) to meet your organization’s changing needs. Built on Microsoft Power Platform, the new Planner will enable customized reporting through Microsoft Power BI and configurable workflows through Microsoft Power Automate. It also integrates with Microsoft Viva Goals, connecting to your objectives and key results (OKR) to inform plans and provide high-level visibility. You can easily update task dependencies and check task history in the new Planner.

Intelligent

The new Planner is intelligent, helping you accelerate outcomes with AI. Through simple, natural-language prompts, Copilot in Planner (coming in Spring 2024) will help you generate new plans, set goals, track status, and react to changes as projects evolve. Copilot will provide support for you and your team, making work and project management faster and easier than ever.

Integrated with Microsoft 365 experiences

The new Planner enables you to stay in the flow of work with integrations across other Microsoft 365 experiences such as Microsoft Loop, Microsoft Outlook, Viva Goals, and Teams. You can bring existing Planner plans into a Loop workspace and track your team plan alongside other project content in one place. Emails you flag in Outlook, or action items assigned to you from Teams meetings are also visible in Planner.

 

When will Microsoft Planner be available?

Here is the timeline for the new Planner:

  • Early 2024: The new Planner app in Teams will be generally available (the current Tasks by Planner and To Do app in Teams will be renamed to Planner).
  • Later in 2024: The web experience of the new Planner will be generally available. The features you know and love in Microsoft Project for the web will be available in the new Planner app in Teams and the Planner web app.

 

How will I know, when it is finally available?

Sign up to be the first to know when the new Planner will be available as a preview, and generally available: https://adoption.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-planner/.

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More information

For the official announcement, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/planner-blog/the-new-microsoft-planner-a-unified-experience-bringing-together/ba-p/3977998.

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