Microsoft Planner – Free Planning Tool for SMB

Good News about general availability of Microsoft Planner . Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. This includes Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.

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 or manually access it through https://tasks.office.com/ . No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.

Plannner Screenshot

The addition of Planner to the Office 365 lineup introduces a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. 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.

In short, Planner is all about structuring teamwork. You can set due dates, and use visual dashboards and email notifications to keep in the loop. Each new plan created in Planner automatically creates a new Office 365 group (Office 365 Groups allows individuals to easily create public or private groups).

What all you can do in Microsoft Planner ?

  1. Create a plans
  2. Add tasks to a plans
  3. Sort tasks into buckets
  4. Add people to your plan

Incase if you folks are getting We’re not ready for you yet – Planner Error

Please make sure that first release enabled in your tenant?

You can change how your organization receives Office 365 updates by following these steps.

Important: It can take up to 24 hours for the below changes to take effect in Office 365. If you opt out of First Release after enabling it, your users may lose access to features that haven’t reached the scheduled release yet.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.
  3. Go to Settings > Organization profile.
  4. Next to Release preferences, choose Edit.Release Option
  5. To disable first release, select Standard release then Next and Yes to the confirmation. Skip to the last step.
  6. To enable first release for all users in your organization, choose First release for everyone then Next and Yes to the confirmation. Skip to the last step..First Release
  7. To enable first release for some people in your organization, choose First release for selected users and choose Next then Yes to the confirmation.
  8. Choose Add people to add users individually. Search for their names and choose Add.
  9. Choose Save then Close.

To add users in bulk

  1. Next to Release preferences, choose Edit > Bulk add people for first release under the Standard release heading.
  2. Choose Browse to select a file containing each person’s email address.This is similar to how you bulk add users in the admin center.
  3. Choose Next and Close.

We already started using Microsoft Planner . When you guys are planning ?

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