Microsoft Planner is a Trello rival you might actually use

Project management apps like Trello make doing tasks slightly less painful, and now Microsoft has come up with its own workflow app. The new app is called Microsoft Planner, and a blog post on the Office 365 site says it will be rolling out to Office 365 customers in the next few weeks. That will include anyone on Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.

Microsoft Planner is a Trello rival you might actually use

So what’s Microsoft Planner going to be like? Microsoft says it will allow users to “create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files,” so pretty much what you’d expect, then. microsoft_planner_2

Like all good project management apps, Microsoft Planner also includes visual dashboards so you can easily keep track of your productivity and email notifications, so your colleagues can stay informed of what you’re up to.microsoft_planner_1

Aside from some nice, flat design, Microsoft Planner doesn’t look particularly different from other project management apps like Trello – but it holds one key advantage: It’s called Microsoft Planner. When it comes to IT in business, people understandably want to stick to what they know, and the Microsoft name represents a very safe pair of hands. Trello should be worried.

Does this look like the sort of thing you’ll use? Let us know in the comments.

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