Bring together teams and tasks and get more done with Planner in Office 365
You and your teams always have projects that you need to get done and management always seems to be adding more “to do” tasks. With the Outlook tasks feature you can’t be as collaborative as you need, and your projects often don’t require the sophistication of Microsoft Project. Microsoft has developed the perfect in between solution for those who have an Office 365 subscription – Microsoft Planner.
Office 365 Planner is now being rolled out to all eligible users in Office 365! Planner makes working together a lot more organized and fun. It helps users organize and structure their teamwork. Teams can create new plans, organize and assign tasks, set due dates and update status in just a few easy clicks. With Planner, users can attach files and have conversations around tasks. Planner’s visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on the overall progress of their initiative.
- Get started quickly
- Work together without chaos
- Always stay informed
Pain Point #1 – Coordinating Tasks:
Today, the majority of information workers coordinate their team activities and team tasks using sub-optimal tools and methods such as email, post-it notes, Office Apps like Excel and PowerPoint, or by memory!
Microsoft Planner is simple and easy to use.
- Engaging User Interface helps users create a plan, build a team, and assign tasks and set due dates in just a few simple clicks
- Users can find benefit the very first time using it
Pain Point #2 - Communicating:
To get work done, team members share files, communicate back and forth via emails, engage in IM conversations, etc. As the number of tasks continue to grow, teamwork becomes harder to organize. Key insights and conversations related to tasks get locked away in disjointed apps, email attachments, etc.
Microsoft Planner is transparent and allows team members to work together without switching apps
- Everyone has a clear sight into who is working on what
- Users can attach files to tasks in a couple of clicks and start editing them together
- Team members can initiate a group conversation thread right from the task
Pain Point #3– Big Picture View:
As the number of tasks and size of the team starts to grow, team members lose track of the big picture.
Microsoft Planner is mobile and provides insights
- With Planner ‘Charts’, everyone knows where things are at all times
- Email notifications alert team members when things change, new tasks are assigned to them, or they get pulled into conversation
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Q & A
Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner?
A. Planner is included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5 subscription plans (including corresponding Government and Non-Profit), Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium plans, and Office 365 Education.
Q. Is Planner available for customers on premise?
A. Microsoft Planner is an Office 365 cloud only solution and not available for customers on premises.
Q. Can Planner be purchased stand-alone?
A. Microsoft Planner is only be available through Office 365 Subscriptions, and cannot be purchased stand-alone.
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