Microsoft today announced that it is rolling out a new feature for Planner on the web that lets users add custom background to plans. The firm says that the feature provides a way for users to “visualize [their] work in a fun and flexible way” and allows for easier differentiation between the boards for those with access to multiple plans.
The feature, located under Plan settings, provides users with image suggestions based on the name of the plan. The company adds that the capability is powered by the same ‘Designer’ feature available on PowerPoint and automatically surfaces “unique high-quality background images” depending on the plan. For example, a Coffee Store plan will contain suggestions of coffee beans or a coffee scene.
To access Suggested Backgrounds, users must click on the ellipsis (…) menu at the top and head to ‘Plan settings’. Currently, there appears to be no way for users to upload their own images, and it is not clear if that ability will be added later. Additionally, suggested backgrounds are currently only available for the web version of Planner. The firm has not provided any information on whether the feature will roll out to other clients.
It will also be interesting to see if the Redmond firm introduces a similar feature for Tasks in Teams, considering that that experience too is similar to that of Planner.