The official Microsoft Planner app has finally launched on Android just a couple of months after its debut on iOS. The app works in conjunction with an Office 365 work or school subscription and allows for a streamlined way to manage members and tasks. Here's the official app description and some of its features:
Planner provides a simple, visual way to organize teamwork. Planner makes it easy for your team to create new plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat about what you're working on, and get updates on progress.
Organize work visually: Each plan has its own board, where you can organize tasks into buckets. You can categorize tasks based on their status or on whom they're assigned to. To update the status or change assignments, just drag and drop tasks between columns.
Visibility: The My Tasks view provides a comprehensive list of all your tasks and their status across all your plans. When working together on a plan, team members always know who is working on what.
Collaborate: Built for Office 365, Planner lets you work together on the same tasks, attach captured photos directly to them, and even have conversations around tasks without switching between apps. With Planner, all your team's discussions and deliverables stay with the plan and don't get locked away across disparate applications.
Works across devices: Planner works across all your devices. And with Planner, everyone is always on the same page. Continue conversations and updates tasks while on-the-go or at your desk.
Microsoft Planner is a relatively new project which launched publically around a year ago and while it does have a rather niche target demographic (i.e. paying Office 365 subscribers) Microsoft does seem to be expanding its functionality and availability substantially.
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