The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do

The Planner app in Teams will be renamed with an updated experience powered by Planner and To Do

Date: MC211421, Plan For Change, Published date: Apr 29, 2020



Updated December 3rd, 2020: Changing the app name in Teams from “Planner” to “Tasks by Planner and To Do” is scheduled to go live within the next few days to all non-Government tenants. The change is intended to better reflect the app combing the To Do and Planner experiences.

Once we've made the name change, users will see a banner announcing the change. In the future, we will shorten the app name to “Tasks”.

These name changes will not impact the naming for Planner or To Do experiences outside of Teams.

The Teams mobile "Tasks" app is expected to begin roll out in December.

Note: We will communicate via Message center separately once we are ready to proceed with Government tenant (GCC, GCC-High or DoD) roll-out.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 57213 and 65385


When This Will Happen

December 2020


How This Will Affect Your Organization

Users will see individual 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. Users will be able to add new Tasks tabs to the channels in teams they belong to. Users can also access the Tasks app in the same ways they previously accessed the Planner app.

Renaming the Planner app in Teams to Tasks and enabling a mobile experience in Teams

We’re planning to rename the Planner app to Tasks. 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.  We’ll make this adjustment in two steps. 

Once we’ve made the new tasks experience broadly available to all public cloud organizations, we’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 users can continue to use those clients to manage tasks just as they do today. 

Task publishing functionality will be available as part of a private preview.

Note - Government tenants will see the name change when it rolls out but will not see the additional user experience changes until a later date. We will communicate via Message center once these are available.


What You Need To Do To Prepare

Your organization’s internal training or documentation may need to be updated to reflect the name change and updated experience. 




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