The ‘Planner’ app in Teams will soon become the ‘Tasks’ app.
This means that you will now be able see your individual tasks and team tasks in a single app. Microsoft are also introducing a list view and a new mobile tasks experience within the Teams app for mobile devices.
They will begin to roll this out in June and expect to be complete by mid-July.
How will this affect me?
You will see personal tasks powered by To Do (which also powers Outlook tasks) and team tasks powered by Planner. Existing Planner tabs will behave the same as they do today but will show an additional list view. You will be able to add new Tasks tabs to the channels in teams they belong to. You can also access the Tasks app in the same ways you previously accessed the Planner app.
Renaming the Planner app in Teams to Tasks and enabling a mobile experience in Teams
The new Tasks experience will contain individual tasks and team and channel tasks, similar to how Files encompasses a user’s personal files in their own OneDrive for Business as well as their team and channel files. This adjustment will be made in two steps.
Once they’ve made the new tasks experience broadly available to all public cloud organisations, they’ll enable the Tasks in Teams mobile experience and complete a logo update and an interim rename of the Planner app. Its interim name will be Tasks by Planner and To Do. This will help ensure the app can be found when searching for Planner while adding a tab or searching for the app in the app catalog.
A few months after the interim name change, the app name on desktop will be shortened to Tasks.
This name change applies only to the Planner app in Teams. All other Planner clients and To Do clients will keep their existing names, and you can continue to use those clients to manage tasks just as you do today.