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Admins—get ready for Office 365 Planner preview!

We recently announced Office 365 Planner—a new experience in Office 365 that offers a simple, visual way to organize teamwork. Planner makes it easy for your team to create plans, organize and assign work, share files, chat about what everyone is working on and get updates on progress.

We’re happy to announce that today we’ve started rolling out Planner preview to Office 365 First Release customers. Office 365 administrators who have opted into First Release will receive an email with instructions on how to set up the preview once it is available for their tenancy. Once administrators take the necessary actions, users can start using Planner by launching it from the Office 365 app launcher.

If you plan to participate in the preview, we want your help in shaping Planner’s future! Please post your feedback and suggestions on UserVoice so we can continue to improve Planner together.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner preview?

A. Planner preview is available to First Release customers on the following plans: Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Enterprise E3, Office 365 Enterprise E4, Office 365 Enterprise E5, Office 365 Education, Office 365 Education E3, Office 365 Education E4, Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium.

Q. When will Planner be available in my Office 365 tenant?

A. Beginning today, Planner preview will start rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers, and IT admins of applicable tenants will need to take a few steps to set up the preview. We expect the rollout of preview to First Release customers worldwide to be complete in the next several weeks. We expect to make Planner generally available to all eligible Office 365 commercial and education customers in 2016.

Q. Does Planner integrate with Office 365 Groups?

A. Office 365 Groups is a foundational service that allows individuals to easily create public or private groups. Each new plan created in Planner automatically creates a new Office 365 Group. Also, every pre-existing Office 365 Group will get an associated plan.

Q. Does Planner Preview apply to First Release for the Entire Organization and First Release for Select individuals?

A. Planner Preview currently applies to First Release Entire Organization only. We are evaluating support for organizations that are using First Release Select People.

Q. What are the steps involved in enabling Planner Preview for an Office 365 tenant?

A. Here is a support article that provides detailed guidance to tenant admins.

Q. Which Office 365 plans are eligible for Planner when generally available?

A. Planner will be included in the Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5 subscription plans (including corresponding Government and Non-Profit), Office 365 Business Essentials and Premium plans, and Office 365 Education.

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