With a sizable portion of people working from home in light of the situation created by the ongoing pandemic, online collaboration tools have become more important than ever. To that end, Microsoft has now announced that "Tasks", which allows you to manage and track tasks, is now generally available in Teams.
Tasks was first announced back in 2019 as a consolidation of To Do and Planner, and the initial rollout for it began in July 2020. Back then, it sported the moniker of "Planner" on desktop and "Tasks" on mobile. With the management tool hitting general availability today, the desktop version is being rebranded to "Tasks by Planner and To Do", and now also features an icon identical to the mobile version. Later this year, it will be rebranded again to "Tasks" for simplicity.
As of now, Tasks in Microsoft Teams has been completely rolled out to customers with a Microsoft 365 subscription across non-government tenants. The company further states that:
We're also excited to report that Tasks in Teams for the Teams mobile app will soon begin rolling out to all users in non-government clouds and is scheduled to be completed in November. […] We’re working to make Tasks in Teams available for our government cloud offerings, with GCC going live in the coming months. GCC High and DoD will follow after that. We’ll keep you posted about those releases and any initial limitations soon.
Moving forward, the team behind Tasks is actively working to offer users the ability to create tasks from chats and channels. You can see it in action below:
If you have feedback regarding Microsoft Teams or would like to raise requests for new features, you can head over to the service's UserVoice page to make your voice heard.