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Planner: Task Email Notifications for GCC-High

Task Email Notifications for GCC-High aims at bringing two primary categories of email notifications to the Planner customers in GCC-High. 1. Assignment email Notifications and 2. Due date digest email notifications.


Rich text and images in Planner task notes

We are adding support for rich text (bold, italics, underline, etc.) and images in the Planner task notes field.

NOTE: We will update this post once we have Microsoft Graph documentation for the new rich text task notes field available.


Planner tasks storage location update

We are pleased to roll this out after the delay (MC229058 – May ’21). Starting in mid-October 2021, a copy of some Planner tasks will be stored in a user’s Exchange mailbox. All Planner tasks will continue to be stored in the Planner Service.

When this will happen:


Planner: View Planner tasks on your Outlook calendar for GCC, GCC High, and DoD

Users in GCC, GCC High, and DoD environments can view Planner tasks in their Outlook calendar by importing plans into Outlook via an iCalendar feed.
More info:


Lightweight Plans in Planner

With the upcoming “Meetings” solution: New hybrid work innovations in Microsoft Teams Rooms, Fluid, and Microsoft Viva, meeting participants can quickly capture tasks and expect them to automatically sync into the Microsoft 365 Task Ecosystem (Planner, To do/Outlook, and Teams Task app). To enable this, meetings create a plan in Planner for the captured tasks.

To support this more ad-hoc form of task tracking, Planner now supports plans that don’t require an M365 Group, which we are calling “Lightweight plans”. Instead of using Groups, access to these plans is determined by a simple list of members stored in Planner that can contain any user with a valid AAD ID in that tenant (more details below).


Planner File Recommendations

This new Planner feature allows users to quickly add attachments to their tasks from an intelligently curated list of relevant files. The recommendations are based on the task and the user.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66364.


“Tasks by Planner and To Do” app name to be shortened to “Tasks” within Teams

Reminder: Last year we announced the public preview of Tasks in Teams. At the same time, we also announced the planned three-stage naming sequence for how the app name would appear in Teams.

This update reflects the final stage where we shorten Tasks by Planner and To Do to simply Tasks for simplicity, brevity and to better reflect the app combining the To Do and Planner experiences. You’ll still be able to find the app by searching Planner or To Do and this will not impact the functionality of the app.


Planner Mobile Push Notification Update

We are updating the delivery method for mobile push notifications in the Planner mobile apps for iOS and Android. Notifications from these apps will be delivered via a direct push method, where the contents of the notifications will be sent to the mobile device over Apple and Google push notification services. End users will see no changes to their existing user experience with Planner.

Notification content may include;


Planner’s New Roster Containers

This release of a new type of container in Planner will allow plans to be created independent of an M365 group. This will be enabled by Roster containers, which is a simple list of members stored in Planner that can contain any user with a valid AAD ID in that tenant. We are calling plans contained by Rosters “Roster plans”.


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