Microsoft Planner, a popular Office 365 task management tool, is now available for government customers in the United States. In an announcement yesterday, Microsoft pointed out some features will not be available immediately. Missing features will roll out to government customers over time.
Office 365 Planner makes it easier for businesses to manage teamwork operations, allowing the creation of team-wide email notifications, project due dates, and visual dashboards. When Microsoft launched Planner in 2016, the company said it simplified workflow management:
“The addition of Planner to the Office 365 lineup introduces a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure team work easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.”
With Microsoft Planner support for US government organizations, users can manage work schedules based on strict security and compliance. Planner is available for Microsoft 365 Government GCC and Microsoft 365 Government GCC High.
The company says support for Microsoft 365 Government DoD (Department of Defense) will be launched soon.
As mentioned, some features are not available, but Microsoft says the following will come to Planner in upcoming updates. Firstly, Microsoft Teams integration in Planner for government will come to GCC and GCC high during the first quarter (Q1) 2019.
Email notifications for Microsoft Planner will also come to Microsoft 365 GCC customers during Q1. For those using GCC High, the feature will not drop until Q4 2019. Finally, SharePoint integration is also planned, with a release scheduled for Q2 2019 across GCC and GCC High.