Microsoft Planner is getting Guest Access support, UWP app also in the works

Laurent Giret

Microsoft Planner, the company’s new visual tool to organize teamwork, will soon support guest users. The announcement was spotted earlier this week by Office Servers & Services MVP Juan Carlos González (via MSPoweruser), and Microsoft notes that the feature should start rolling out to Office 365 customers over the next couple of days.

With Guest Access in Planner, users will be able to invite external users to view and edit tasks. This will likely be very useful for companies working with freelancers and external consultants. To enable Guest Access in Planner, Office 365 admins will have to enable it in settings for the Office 365 Group. “With this update, guest users will also be able to access Planner plans for any groups and teams they’ve been added to,” Microsoft noted.

In addition to Guest Access support, Microsoft has also revealed on the Planner Uservoice website that it has started working on a Planner UWP app. The company has already launched Planner apps for iOS and Android, so it’s nice to see that Windows 10 users are not forgotten. Many other Planner improvements are in the pipeline, and you can help the team prioritize new features on the dedicated Feedback forum.