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Microsoft officially launches Planner, its Trello competitor

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Rafael Beltrami
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The Microsoft Office lineup is getting a new addition today: Microsoft Planner, team collaboration software that lets you visually organize plans, assign tasks, share files, chat and more.

The new app, first introduced into testing last fall, enters a competitive space which includes pro software like Atlassian s JIRA Core, as well as other easy-to-use tools from startups like Trello and Asana.

Very much like Trello, Planner also utilizes the concept of Boards to keep work organized.

For example, Planner is integrated into Office 365 Groups, which means that the conversations in Planner are also available in Outlook 2016, Outlook on the web, and the Outlook Groups Mobile Apps.

As part of the Microsoft Office suite, Planner is an enterprise-ready tool, with support for technical requirements larger organizations demand, including multiple redundant backups, instantaneous recovery and HIPAA, FISMA, ISO27001 and EU Model compliance.

There s a learning curve to being able to fully take advantage of Project, which is why, often, users simply turn to Excel for managing projects, or one of the newer solutions, like Trello.

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