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Microsoft 365 Task and Project Management Tools

This article applies to: Office 365 Productivity Bundle

Microsoft offers a variety of task management apps designed to meet different needs.

To Do and Planner are available to students, staff, and faculty.

Project has an additional license cost. Staff and Faculty can request a Project license. A Project license is required to create projects. However, any Microsoft 365 user can perform basic tasks such as updating tasks, or viewing projects without a Project license. Microsoft lists which licenses have access to which features in Project.

To Do – Great for personal task management. Tasks show in Teams and Outlook task lists.

Planner – Designed for simple team task management. Create plans, assign tasks, and track charts of your team’s progress.

Project – Project can handle more complicated management such as scheduling, tracking costs, and dependencies of projects, just to name a few.

Already using Microsoft Teams?

Use the Teams Tasks app to combine personal To Do and shared Planner tasks in one place. Project also has a Teams Project app.

Support and information for getting started with project management tools are provided by Microsoft, not through the Cornell IT Service Desk.

See Microsoft’s comparison of project management tools.


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