Microsoft Launches New Project Management Tool

US tech giant Microsoft launched ‘Planner’, a new project management and team collaboration tool for Office 365 users. With the help of Planner, a user can organize projects, share files, assign tasks, and chat with other collaborators, all within Office 365 suite.

A planner is a planning app aimed at making for teams to work together, designed for businesses, companies, and schools. Through Planner, users can create new plans, work on tasks and assign deadlines. It also enables easy sharing of files and notifies the team members of the tasks’ progress. With this, the company will enter into a competitive space that includes Trello, Asana and Atlassian’s JIRA Core. Planner features a board-based interface where users can plan projects for their teams, assign tasks, share files and get a visual overview of the progress.

A planner is integrated with other Microsoft products like OneNote and Outlook, making it an ideal option for users and business that are already deep in the Microsoft ecosystem. A planner will be rolling out to Office 365 customers worldwide over the next several weeks.