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The remote communication industry has prospered more than any during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video conferencing solution Zoom proved to be the game-changer during the global coronavirus lockdown. Zoom usage has soared from 10 million daily meeting participants back in December 2019 to 300 million in April 2020. But Microsoft Teams has become one of the most trusted solutions after Zoom got stuck with its privacy and compliance issues losing its leadership in the market.

Microsoft in April this year mentioned that it now has 75 million daily active users of Teams, a jump from 70 percent in a month. The popularity of Microsoft Teams has been increased due to its advantage over its competitors in terms of features. Teams has a more competitive advantage as it provides features like audio/video call, file management, planner, integration of apps, and more.

Microsoft Planner might come up with an updated version by incorporating a new feature of scheduling recurring tasks by this November 2020. This visual tool was built in 2016 by Team Microsoft as a tool to organize team-work conducting over the Microsoft Office 365 platform.

The Planner helps create plans and assign tasks for official purposes, or in some instances, for educational purposes, bringing the stream of work-files under a single, organized tool of this Microsoft Planner.

However, despite the several updates that followed it’s development concerning easy mobile accessibility or a modified user surface, many users have objected to its lack of recurrence feature. This lack of recurring tasks in the Planner is possibly due to an indirect correlation between the calendar month and plan.

Earlier Microsoft Team recommended Microsoft Flow, a cloud application as a substitutive medium to meet public demands.

Those tasks requiring a monthly reminder had to be indirectly incorporated into the Flow forum, whose functioning was based on trigger and action. Unfortunately, this is quite an elaborative process and often leads to confusion.

Many users have failed to successfully process it due to the elongated and far more complicated procedure. Recently, following the user’s demand, Microsoft’s Dev team is finally endeavoring to incorporate a recurring task that shall be solely used via the Planner platform.

Microsoft forum plans to bring the update by this November; however, the upcoming update’s specifics remain uncertain.

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