Planner and Teams in Connect

The Office of Information Technology has enabled two new Office 365 apps, Planner and Teams, for all Rutgers Connect users. These tools will appear in your Outlook app launcher, aka “waffle.” They work best for users who are members of Office 365 Groups.

Planner is an application for creating, assigning, and managing tasks. It is useful for collaborating among small groups.

Teams is a chat-based workspace that integrates all the people, content, and tools that the team needs to be more engaged and effective. It is useful for communicating with team members through messages that require an instant response.

Every group has its own needs and workstyle, so selecting the best tool is important. This article highlights some of the features available in Planner and Teams.


  • Organize your work
  • Manage tasks
    • Assign user(s)
    • Set due dates
  • Collaborate
    • Communicate with group members
    • Attach project related files
  • Monitor progress
    • Use charts to view progress
    • Get email updates


  • Communicate with your team
    • Email
    • Chat
  • Share files
    • Store all your files and docs in one place
  • Team OneNote
  • Audio/Video Meetings
    • On-demand
    • Scheduled
  • Integrate other apps

Still not clear what is suitable for your group? Please submit a ticket in RULhelp and help will be on the way!

Kalaivani Ananthan