Microsoft announces Office 365 Planner preview expansion


Back in December 2015, Microsoft started rolling out Office 365 Planner to customers in the Office 365 First Release program. Today, they are making the Planner preview available to customers with Education and Nonprofit plans, as well as to Government tenants in the multi-tenant environment.

With the new Office 365 planner, teams can easily create plans, organize work, assign work, share files, chat about projects, etc. Once Office 365 Planner is set up by admins, users in a team will be able to use Planner.

In addition, we are expanding the preview to tenants that are configured with the “Select people” option for First Release. Previously, the Office 365 Planner preview was only available for tenants that are configured with the “Entire organization” option for First Release. To verify how your organization is configured for First Release, your Office 365 admin can navigate to the Office 365 Admin Portal, expand Service Settings and select Updates.

Your Office 365 tenant admin would have received a message in the Message Center with detailed steps on how to add Office 365 Planner preview to your tenant. As a reminder, Office 365 Planner preview is already included by default with E5, but must be configured for all other eligible Enterprise SKUs, Education, Nonprofit and Government tenants. The full list of Enterprise SKUs can be found in our previous blog post.

Microsoft is expecting Planner to be generally available to Office 365 commercial, as well as education customers in late 2016.

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