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    858 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » Charts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    We recently announced and rolled out the new Microsoft Project, which was designed specifically to help teams of all sizes collaborate on projects more efficiently and achieve more together. It was designed to be simple and powerful, so that anyone can get started quickly and take control of any project – regardless of its size – right away.

    The new Microsoft Project has been redesigned. You can see your tasks on a Gantt chart (“Timeline”) view, a Board view (similar to Planner’s), and a Grid view, both requested from many of our Planner users. I encourage you to look at the links below and the attached GIF for a sneak peak.

    With this, we also rolled out a new subscription plan called “Project Plan 1” that allows you to start quickly and manage projects easily via the web browser.

    Link to Blog: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/29/new-microsoft-project-rolls-out-worldwide/

    Learn more: https://products.office.com/en-us/project/simple-project-management

    Thanks everyone…

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    I'm sure you guys are whooping and chest bumping at the Project 1 launch, but you've missed the mark sorely here. I've been championing Planner for years now and finally when we get people over to the platform (and bear in mind this has been FOUR YEARS since this pretty fundamental function was requested) you go and create a crippled premium isolated addition that literally no one in my company wants to use.
    Project is too expensive and complex for the basic planning we need
    Project 1 is overly simplified to the point where it's no use (did you even look at the gantt output? Can you see what's going on??)
    Planner will now never have the function as you've portioned that off to Project 1.

    People are leaving this in droves in favour of Enterprise Trello (with circa 250 users), and I've given up the fight. I expect to see the rest of the company following suite and I personally am now leaving Planner if the speed to market is so slow for basic features and misses the mark to badly like this.

    I'm really gutted.

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    11 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    James Ward commented  · 

    This is a feature in Trello (it's a Power-up app that shows the internal numbering system), however I would want an indexed number that is created when the task is created, not updated when it's moved across buckets etc. This would allow us to find and reference tasks when they're referred to elsewhere.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/94Ge3yQ3oDdjD1fcA

    It would need to be a single digit, or at least have the option for 1 decimal place) as the internal task number system on planner is nonsense to humans

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    345 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As an update, since we’ve still been seeing issues around date formatting, so we’re pursuing another fix that should help: If you’re using Planner within Teams, we will default to using the same language/local as Teams.

    If you’re seeing this issue persist outside of Teams and your language/locale is set properly for your Office account, please let us know in the comments below!

    Thanks,
    The Planner Team

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    Where is the language meant to be set? Mine is set correctly (EN-GB) in OWA, but I don't have access to the settings section of 365 (totalit IT team). Is this where it should be done?

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    105 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This limit has been removed – users can now have thousands of tasks assigned to them.

    We’re continuing work around performance and actively monitoring how many users hit this limit. So far, we only have seen users with unchecked Flows/automated task assignments hitting this limit.

    We are planning on publishing formal documentation around all of our Planner limits once we’ve completed more performance work, but don’t have anything to share at this time.

    Cheers,
    The Planner Team

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    James Ward commented  · 

    I'd expand this to mean that they are excluded from statistics. For a group with ongoing tasks the 'completed' qty starts to eclipse the ongoing tasks so becomes meaningless

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    Needs this to make the doughnut useful, after a lot of completed tasks the 90% green provides a false representation of a project status.

    Perhaps the doughnut includes recently completed, but after 1 month it archived the tasks?

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    148 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As an update, our colleagues in To-Do have delivered the ability to create tasks directly from Outlook.com!

    To-Do has rolled out the Tasks Pane for Outlook.com’s Mail & Calendar, and is also the new Tasks for Outlook.com! With Planner’s & To-Do’s integration, we hope that To-Do will become a central hub for all of your personal tasks, and that switching to Planner to collaborate with others is seamless!

    Here’s more information on the To-Do’s task experience within Outlook: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/using-microsoft-to-do-with-outlook-com-416865a1-0c4d-4e69-af6f-f98ffce3747c

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    783 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » Boards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for sharing your feedback.

    We would like to hear more about how you would utilize this view. If you have a particular scenario or set of teammates for which you’d like to view tasks for, please share below!

    Cheers,
    The Planner Team

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    137 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » Charts  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    We recently announced and rolled out the new Microsoft Project, which was designed specifically to help teams collaborate on projects more efficiently and achieve more together. It was designed to be simple and powerful, so that anyone can get started quickly and take control of any project – regardless of its size – right away.

    We’ve brought the Planner board view to the new Project! Along with this, you can see your tasks on a Timeline view, and a Grid view, both requested from many of our Planner users.

    With this, we also rolled out a new subscription plan called “Project Plan 1” that allows you to start quickly and manage projects easily via the web browser.

    Link to Blog: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2019/10/29/new-microsoft-project-rolls-out-worldwide/

    Learn more: https://products.office.com/en-us/project/simple-project-management

    Thanks everyone for your patience, I encourage you to check out the new Project, and even start a trial – see the attached GIF

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    James Ward commented  · 

    Essential, much like the timeline view in project with milestones and selected buckets/tasks displayed.
    Also needs a web part to show on ANY group page.

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    This needs refinement, we need to be able to define who is ultimately responsible for the task. Something akin to a simple RACI assignment would be suitable.

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    94 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum » Boards  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve just released a Filter menu in Planner where you can filter tasks by due date, label, or assignee. You can also enter a keyword to search for a task by it’s title!

    We value your suggestions and comments highly – thank you for contributing to this feature.

    Let us know what you think!
    To send us a message, open the Office Help menu (question mark icon in right corner of Planner or Office 365 menu) and select “Feedback”. Include the word “Planner” and it’ll make it’s way to us.
    OR
    To share your thoughts with the Planner community, include #MicrosoftPlanner in a Tweet.

    Cheers,

    The Planner Team

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    Just like Trello, be able to view tasks, in date order, and filtered to how imminently they are due.

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    Also needs to be able to filter by due date - as per Trello's:

    Due in the next day
    Due in the next week
    Due in the next month
    Overdue
    Has no due date
    Clear Filter

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    13 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your feedback. We now set posting Task Activity (Task Assign and Complete) to the Group Conversation to Off By Default. Plan/Group owners can turn this setting on/off in the “Edit Plan” dialog.

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    And I'm not quite sure how this got past testing...

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    Oh dear jesus please implement this, when you're first setting up a plan it just HAMMERS you with notifications. It also seems to ignore the 'subscribe' option on one of my plans, meaning I get all this **** twice.

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    Hello! We wanted to provide an update to our status below. As we announced in our previous status update, our initial integration with To Do was our first step in a journey of bringing all your Microsoft Task Management services closer together, including Outlook and Planner. Through To Do, you can see your Planner tasks within Outlook on the Web.

    However, the continuing feedback on this post makes it clear that there is a desire for more work to be done to improve this experience. We want to make sure this feedback and votes aren’t getting lost by being added to this existing post.

    Instead, we’d like to make sure you have a forum to express these continuing pain points / desires, and a way to vote for which ones you’d like us to work on first (and how we should prioritize those asks against the many other great asks…

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    378 comments  ·  Microsoft Planner - Feedback Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello!

    Thank you again for your feedback and patience. We’re happy to announce that the schedule view of tasks is fully implemented and the iCalendar format feed is coming soon! Head over to tasks.office.com to check it out!

    Here’s a link to our support article to learn more about viewing your tasks on a calendar: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/view-your-tasks-on-a-calendar-8647d2c9-9bc7-466a-b5b3-74b3596fade2?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

    If you’re still interested in an integration with Outlook, please follow along with the conversation on this thread: https://planner.uservoice.com/forums/330525-microsoft-planner-feedback-forum/suggestions/11037114-integration-with-outlook-tasks

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on these two new features! Feel free to comment below, send us a smile through the O365 menu (select the question mark icon, click ‘feedback’, then include the word “Planner”), or tweet using #MicrosoftPlanner.

    Cheers,

    The Planner Team

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