Two months ago, Microsoft announced that the desktop version of Microsoft Teams is getting a new feature that would allow users to create tasks from their chat or channel messages. As per the company's Roadmap, the update has now started to roll out gradually and will be generally available in the coming weeks.
Previously, Teams users had to copy and paste the information manually to create a Planner task. Thanks to this feature, the company has now eliminated the need to switch apps or windows, allowing users to quickly assign tasks directly from any chat/channel conversation in Teams.
The process to create a task is relatively straightforward, as you need to navigate to the specific message, select “More Options,” and click on the “Create task” option. A Planner window will instantly appear on your screen. Just fill in the details, and finally, click the “Create task” button. Once created, these tasks will appear in the Tasks app in Teams, as well as in Microsoft Planner.
The new task management capability is likely to be welcomed by employees who struggle to track important messages to report an issue or ask for something to be done. However, it remains to be seen if Microsoft will improve this functionality by providing a similar Microsoft To Do integration in future releases.