Microsoft makes Planner available for US Government cloud customers

Microsoft Planner, the company’s visual tool for organizing team work is now available for US Government cloud customers. The Trello competitor is now included with Microsoft 365 Government GCC and Microsoft 365 Government GCC High, with Microsoft 365 Government DoD coming soon.

“Since Planner first launched, we’ve heard a ton of interest and excitement from US government customers for a tool like Planner. End users in government agencies, from state and local to federal organizations, wanted a simple, intuitive, and collaborative task management tool to help them visually organize their team’s work. IT admins wanted to provide their users with a simple work management solution while still meeting the strict security and compliance requirements of the US government. We’ve been hard at work to make sure Planner would do both,” wrote Eray Chou, PM on the Planner and Project team.

For now, a couple of Planner features including Microsoft Teams integration, SharePoint integration and email notifications aren’t available for US Government customers, but Microsoft plans to add them later this year. “New Planner features will arrive in Microsoft 365 commercial cloud first and in US government cloud offerings shortly thereafter due to increased audit and certification requirements,” explained Chou.

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