Microsoft keep expanding the reach of Office365. There’s a move from their core office apps to additional online productivity tools. Planner is the latest of these. Pitched against the likes of start-up tools such as Trello, Smartsheet and Taskword it’s a good example of one of the largest corporates pitching some disruptive innovation against their own toolset!
It does try to integrate with the rest of the Office365 toolset, but this is currently rather clunky. Jumping to a new tab if you try and access discussions or the related Notebook. But if Microsoft continue with regular updates based on user feedback as they promise, I’m sure these bumps will be ironed out pretty quickly.
So why not give it a try on your next project? You’ll need an Office365 business or education subscription, then Planner is included for free.