In response to the increased shift to remote work in recent months, Asana has announced a new collaboration with Microsoft Teams to go along with its existing association with Outlook this week. With this deepening partnership with Microsoft, the company aims to reach out to a broader customer base. (edited to clarify Outlook association is not new)
Notably, the new partnership builds upon the company's existing integration with Teams, which only allowed users to add Asana as a tab within the platform. You will now get instant access to information shared from Asana within the Microsoft Teams client itself, and you should now be able to use a new bot to get answers directly from the task management platform. Moreover, the new integration will allow all users to create or add messages to tasks in Asana regardless of the fact that they have an active subscription or not.
Besides the aforementioned Microsoft Teams/Asana integration, both companies have collaborated to design a suite of offerings in order to make it easier for the new distributed teams to collaborate with each other, and you can find the details below:
- Asana for Outlook: customers can convert emails from Microsoft Outlook into trackable, actionable work, and attach files from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, and Microsoft Sharepoint to Asana tasks with the Microsoft OneDrive integration.
- Asana Power BI: allows Asana customers to build custom dashboards based on Asana inputs, and layer on insights from other business tools to share a complete team snapshot.
- Power Automate integration: enables customers to streamline repetitive processes between Microsoft applications and Asana.
- Office 365 for Asana connector: Asana customers can get notified within Microsoft Outlook whenever someone in their Office 365 group creates, completes, or comments on a task.
- Microsoft OneDrive: Customers can easily attach files from Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Sharepoint to Asana tasks with this OneDrive integration.
- Azure AD integration: makes it easy for customers to manage user access, provision user accounts, and enable single sign-on with Asana.
“During this period of remote work, more of our customers are turning to Microsoft Teams to connect with their teammates and clients,” said Mike Ammerlaan, Director of Microsoft 365 Ecosystem marketing at Microsoft Corp. “Building on our collaboration with Asana, we’re pleased to see these enhancements to Asana for Microsoft Teams, helping our customers with the tools they need to securely collaborate, communicate, and coordinate their work, no matter where they’re located," Ammerlaan added.