Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Task Management Edition
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We’re a week away from Microsoft Ignite 2020 and this year’s event will be a free 48-hour all-digital experience. If you have not registered yet, secure your spot today and browse the session catalog to build your personalized schedule.


Here’s a quick rundown of sessions to get you started if you’re looking to learn more about Planner, Tasks in Teams, and other task management capabilities across Microsoft 365.


Keg Segment

The Future of Work by Jared Spataro

When, where, and how we work is fundamentally changing. Microsoft is in a unique position to understand the secular trends that are reshaping the future of work today, and for decades to come. Learn about the risks and durable trends impacting teamwork, organizational productivity, and employee wellbeing. Jared Spataro, CVP of Modern Work, will share the latest research and a framework for success for every IT professional and business leader to empower People for the new world of work, as well as the latest innovation in Microsoft 365 and Teams empowering human ingenuity at scale.

Tuesday, September 22 | 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM PDT

Tuesday, September 22 | 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM PDT

Wednesday, September 23 | 2:00 AM - 2:20 AM PDT


Digital Breakout

DB136 | Embrace a New Way of Work with Microsoft 365 by Angela Byers and Shin-Yi Lim with Ed Kopp (Rockwell Automation) and Magnus Lidström (Scania)

In an unprecedented time of workplace transformation, opportunities to thrive belong to those who embrace and adapt to the new normal. How do we collaborate remotely, stay connected and produce excellent work as a team? How do we stay productive while working from home? Join us for a new way to think about and manage work with Microsoft 365. Learn how Microsoft 365 makes it easier for your team to organize, share and track work all in one place – so you save time and accomplish more together.

Wednesday, September 23 | 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM PDT

Wednesday, September 23 | 8:15 PM - 8:45 PM PDT

Thursday, September 24 | 4:15 AM - 4:45 AM PDT


Ask the Experts

ATE-DB136 | Ask the Experts: Embrace a New Way of Work with Microsoft 365

Wednesday, September 23 | 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM PDT

Thursday, September 24 | 5:00 AM - 5:30 AM PDT


Pre-Recorded for On Demand

OD258 | Enable Business Continuity for your Firstline Workforce with Microsoft Teams by Scott Morrison and Zoe Hawtof

As organizations continue to adjust their operations and workforce to maintain business continuity, new capabilities in Microsoft Teams help Firstline workers stay focused on meeting customer needs. This session will focus on Shifts, Tasks and core communication along with Walkie Talkie capabilities to create a secure and centralized user experience that saves you time and money.​


OD260 | Office Apps and Teams: Enabling virtual collaboration for the future of our hybrid work environment by Shalendra Chhabra

Connecting our solutions in a way that helps you stay productive and saves you time and effort is a priority to us. Our modern Office apps including Microsoft Teams as your hub for teamwork, and Outlook for direct communications and time management – we continue to create connected experiences to simplify how you stay organized and get things done. Learn how to manage your time more efficiently in your hybrid work environment by leveraging our collaboration capabilities.


Skilling Videos

Check out more content and resources in the Virtual Hub and Microsoft Tech Community Video Hub – all links will be live when the conference officially kicks off.


Get more done with Microsoft Planner by Si Meng

Microsoft Planner gives teams an intuitive, collaborative, and visual task management experience for getting work done. Whether you’re new to Planner or consider yourself an expert, learn how to use Planner and find out more about recent new enhancements. We’ll also share the latest Planner integrations with Microsoft 365 applications, including the new Tasks app in Microsoft Teams.


Managing task capabilities across Microsoft 365 by Holly Pollock

Find out how task management across Microsoft 365 helps you find your tasks where you need them, regardless of where you captured them. In this session, we’ll share the latest integrations of tasks from Teams, Outlook, To Do, Planner, Office documents, Cortana and more.


Automate your Planner tasks workflow by Jackie Duong

Learn how to use Microsoft Power Automate to customize your Microsoft Planner tasks workflow for your organization.


Transform change management by syncing Message Center posts to Planner by Paolo Ciccu

A lot of actionable information about changes to Microsoft 365 services arrives in the Microsoft 365 message center. It can be hard to keep track of which changes require tasks to be done, when, and by whom, and to track each task to completion. You also might want to make a note of something and tag it to check on later. You can do these things and more when you sync your messages from the Microsoft 365 admin center to Microsoft Planner. Learn more about the new feature that can automatically create tasks based on your message center posts. Demo showing newly added message center feature where one can automatically create tasks in planner based on their message center posts.


Cortana – what’s new and what’s next for your personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365 by Malavika Rewari, Saurabh Choudhury, Srikanth Sridhar, and A.J. Brush

Discover new ways to get time back on your busy schedule and focus on what matters with Cortana, now a natural part of Microsoft 365. From staying connected hands-free with voice assistance in Microsoft Teams and Outlook mobile to preparing for the day's meetings with your personalized briefing email to finding what you need fast using natural language in Windows 10 - learn what's possible with Cortana as well as what's coming next.


Digitize and transform business processes with no-code building blocks and app templates in Teams by Weston Lander and Aditya Challapally

Organizations are already transforming many of their business processes on Teams – from approvals and task management, all the way to crowd sourcing the organization for top ideas.  Learn how to use embedded building blocks and production-ready app templates to digitize and streamline key processes.  In this session we’ll share how customers are leveraging these solutions without any custom development required, as well as how some recent innovations can help simplify these processes


Post-Ignite Expert Connections

If you like engaging in conversation with Microsoft product experts and peers, come join us after this year’s Ignite digital experience starting on September 24, 2020 through October 2020. Sign up here and choose from over 200 topics – and we would like to highlight two topics from the Planner team:


Using Microsoft Planner to better manage work remotely​

How has your team adopted Planner during remote work? Tell us about your experience and what could help your team manage work more efficiently.


Task management: Plan your work​

We're curious to know how users typically manage their tasks and plan out their workday, work week, and workload. Join us to discuss topics like how you manage personal tasks in addition to group tasks, the importance of keeping tasks in one location, etc.



See you at Ignite on September 22-24, 2020 and follow the #MSIgnite action on Twitter: @MS_Ignite, @MSTCommunity, @MSFTMechanics. Be sure to check back here on this blog for the latest product updates and news.




“Tasks in Microsoft Teams” – The Intrazone podcast

In case you missed it, several members from our team sat down with the hosts of The Intrazone, a biweekly podcast series, to talk about Tasks in Teams and our journey on connecting task experiences across Microsoft 365. You can listen to that conversation below.



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