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Our 8th feature in 8 weeks: due times

This January, we made a resolution to help your team have its most productive year yet. And, we’ve kept it – in January and February, we marched out 8 new features. We started the year launching Attachments View, then Android, and yesterday we told you about convert task to project. And today, at 10:59am, we checked off the task to launch due times.

Get all the details below, then take a spin through Asana to check out these features that make communicating with your team in Asana smoother and simpler (and more emoji-ful).

Due times

When getting things done at an exact time is crucial to your team, sometimes a due date just isn’t enough. Due times make scheduling, planning, and prioritizing easier and can now be added to any Asana task. We think hitting your next deadline will be even more attainable with this level of detail in Asana.

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How it works

Add a due time where you set a due date in the task pane. Your due time will show up everywhere a due date shows up: in the center pane with your lists of tasks, on the task itself, and on Calendars. Or, you can still add just a due date if that’s all you need to get the work done on time.

Due times has been a highly requested feature; here are some of the ways teams are excited to use them:

  • To indicate if clients, customers, or partners require support or service by a certain time.
  • To indicate a task’s time sensitivity to teammates.
  • To get more granular when planning your day by dividing tasks up by morning and afternoon, or even hour by hour.
  • To include the times of important meetings on Asana Calendars.

But that’s not all…

We’ve launched many other new features since Jan 1st:

Attachments View

 attachments_viewEvery project now has a gallery-like view, which puts all the files related to a project in one place. Whether you attach a file from Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, or your computer, you’ll be able to browse the attachments from every task in your project, in one beautiful view. You can even open the relevant task without leaving Attachments View.

Comment Pinning

We are continuously improving comments to make team communication in Asana faster and more actionable than email. To make sure your team doesn’t miss important comments that provide context, clarity, or crucial information for moving work forward, use our new comment pinning feature. Click the pushpin icon next to the comment’s timestamp to “pin a comment.” The comment will be highlighted and elevated to the top for everyone on your team to see.

Undo recently sent comments

Because everyone makes mistakes, if you send a comment and notice an embarrassing grammar error or simply weren’t finished with your thought, you can now “undo” task comments within 20 seconds of hitting ‘comment.’

New Android app

We launched our brand-new, beautiful, blazingly-fast and now beloved Android app in January. Download it now if you have an Android device, or if you’re using an iOS device, download our latest iOS app.

Improved Inbox

Archiving team updates in Inbox is now simpler and faster. Inbox now has two tabs: Inbox & Archive; you just click the “x” on the right of every story to archive. You won’t lose important notifications and getting up to speed on what your team has completed, commented on, or updated is a breeze.

Emojis

You can now brighten :sun_with_face: your team’s  (:boy: :construction_worker: :person_with_blond_hair: :woman: :older_man: :girl: :man:) workday by adding emoji to any task description :white_check_mark: or comment :speech_balloon:.

Convert any task into a project

As your teams’ workflows change, Asana can change with you. We’ve just added an easy way to convert a task to a project (in the dropdown menu of any task). If you have too many subtasks to manage or a piece of work changes in scope, you can transform the task into a project with one click, and without having to re-enter information.

But wait, there’s even more

We also have a few feature improvements (from our last Polish Week) to tell you about:

Set project colors for your entire team

You can now color-code projects for everyone on team, in addition to setting them just for you. Use this to categorize projects or differentiate tasks on a team calendar.

About me profiles

Scroll over any teammate’s profile image (or initials) to see their name and “About me” description. To add a profile description, click your name in the bottom of the left pane to access Account Settings.

Improvements to advanced search

Suggested searches and advanced search are easier to navigate.

For Admins – search for people in the Organization Members list

For premium Asana organization Admins, it’s now easier and faster to find members. Jump right to a specific person instead of scrolling through a long list.

iOS updates

We’re releasing updates to our app regularly, which include bug fixes and new features. Hypertext is up next.

We hope these big and small improvements are already making your workday better. Many of these features were created as a result of your feedback, so we’re eager to see what you think.

Special thanks to Nathan Stankowski, Cliff Chang, Rachel Miller, R.J. Aquino, Tom Brow, Tyson Kallberg, Steven Rybicki, Tyler Nisonoff

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