When we first announced the public preview of Tasks in Teams, we also announced a three-stage naming sequence for how the app name would appear in Teams. The timing of that original sequence has since changed, which we noted in an Oct. 30 update to the general availability blog.
Today, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve hit Stage 2 in the sequence. This changes the Tasks in Teams app name to Tasks by Planner and To Do from Planner, the original app name, for all non-government users. The app icon has changed to its final form, too. Both changes also apply to the Planner tab in Teams channels. When adding that tab, you can search “Planner,” “To Do,” or “Tasks” to find it.
The goal of this sequence is to help all customers easily find the new hero task management app in Teams. We believe Tasks by Planner and To Do better reflects the app’s functionality—it combines team tasks from Planner and individual tasks from To Do—so that customers who don’t closely follow Microsoft news will start (or continue) using the app with confidence.
Here’s where we stand currently.
Please note, this does not affect the functionality of Tasks in Teams in any way; the name and icon changes are merely cosmetic. The name change also does not impact the Planner or To Do standalone apps.
We’ve also added a banner inside the app announcing the name change.
Although this is a big change, it’s a temporary one. Stage 3 is right around the corner, and our goal is to start rolling out the final app name, Tasks, in the coming months. We’ll make sure to communicate that rollout here and in Teams when the time comes.
If you have any questions about the current name change, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you. And keep checking our Tech Community Blog site for the final naming sequence announcement and other product news.