Release notes

January 2018

  • Custom fields on boards: Custom fields now appear on task previews in your boards projects so important information is front and center—such as status, priority, cost, or channel. Quickly scan your project so you can see where work stands, find what needs your attention, and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Custom fields are available for Asana Premium. Learn more.

  • Comment-only boards projects: We recently released comment-only projects and now you can change your project access on boards, too. Create comment-only projects for work you want to share with a lot of people but only a few need to contribute to, such as company goals, your product roadmap, or launch plans. This way, your teammates will have the information they need to do their jobs, and you can safeguard against unwanted edits or accidental changes. Comment-only projects are available for Asana Premium. Learn more.

  • CSV importer: Import your spreadsheets right into an Asana project so you can begin managing your projects in a collaborative, flexible tool with just a few clicks. If you use Excel, Google Sheets, Smartsheet, or want to move Trello projects into Asana, these spreadsheets can easily be converted to a CSV file, and then imported. Learn more.

  • Reports: All customers will now see a Reports section in their left sidebar with search results such as tasks I’ve created. In addition, Asana Premium customers will see new and existing custom saved searches under this section. Learn more.

  • Disable Inbox notifications for today’s tasks: Stop receiving notifications in your Asana Inbox for tasks starting or due today with this new hack, so you can more quickly scan your Inbox. Go to My Profile Settings and select Hacks to disable these notifications. Please note, hacks are experimental features that we’ve been tinkering with. They’re not supported features and may change, break, or disappear at any time.

  • New button styles: We’ve made some visual updates to our buttons so they’re easier to use.

  • New date picker on mobile: Quickly set a start or due date in our mobile app with the newly designed date picker. Start dates are available for Asana Premium. Get Asana for iOS or Asana for Android.

  • Share to Asana for Android: Now you can easily add work to Asana with the Share to Asana option for Android. When you’re in another app, tap the Share menu to create a task in Asana. Learn more about Asana for Android.

  • Status updates for iOS: Share an update on the status of your project with your team so everyone’s in the loop right from your iPhone or iPad. Learn more about Asana for iOS.

December 2017

  • New Employee Onboarding template: When new employees join your team, use this Asana-created template to ensure they have a smooth start. Track required paperwork and to-dos, and give new employees all the information they need to be successful in tasks. To use the template, navigate to the Templates tab in the new project screen, and then click Use Template next to New Employee Onboarding.

  • Mobile link improvements: When you tap an Asana link from your email or Slack message on your mobile device, you will now be taken directly to where you want to go in Asana so you can get to work faster.

  • Sort tasks on Android: You can now mark tasks for Today, Later, or Upcoming in your My Tasks on Android.

November 2017

  • Comment-only projects: With comment-only projects, you can share more work with more teammates, and feel confident that information will stay accurate—with no accidental changes or edits. If you’re using Asana Premium or Enterprise, you can start creating comment-only projects today. Learn more.

  • Siri integration: Asana and Siri now work together on your iOS app to ensure you can easily add your to-dos, reminders, and work to Asana from anywhere. Whether you’re between meetings, out for coffee, have one last idea before bed, or simply don’t want to type—Asana and Siri keep good ideas moving forward. Learn more.

  • Asana is now available in French and German: We’re excited to make Asana easier to use for teams all over the world. We rolled out the entire Asana experience in French and German, and Spanish and Portuguese will be coming early next year. Learn more.

  • Performance improvements: In August we announced Asana is 2x faster. Since then, we’ve been working on even more speed improvements. Now projects and My tasks sort faster in all possible views, and pages load faster so you can access your work more quickly.

  • Updated Team Overview: When you select Team Conversations from the sidebar, you’ll be taken to a revamped Team Overview page where you can easily add project templates for your team.

  • Simplified project header: We simplified the project header so it’s easier to find the action you need to take.

October 2017

  • Start dates: Not all tasks are created equal—and some pieces of work simply take more time. Knowing when to start is just as important as knowing when work is due, and now you can add start dates to tasks if you’re using Asana Premium. Start dates help you allocate enough time for work, so you can hit deadlines stress free. Learn more.

  • Gmail Contextual Add-On: Asana for Gmail is now available in the G Suite Marketplace. With this integration, you can turn your emails with clients, customers, and teammates into actionable tasks in Asana—without leaving your inbox. Learn more about connecting Gmail and Asana.

  • Mobile calendar: Based on your feedback that Calendar View is important for working on the go, we’re excited to announce calendar is now available on your iOS (including iPad!) and Android devices.

  • New in-product illustrations: We’ve given some of our in-product illustrations some TLC, so it’s easier to understand what’s happening in the product.

  • New filter icon: When viewing a project, you will notice a new icon in the top right corner of the main pane. Instead of a gear, you will now see a filter icon that allows you to change the project view and update custom fields.

September 2017

  • Wufoo Forms Integration: Streamline information gathering and follow up by connecting your Wufoo forms to Asana. Form responses will become tasks in the Asana project you specify. Learn more

  • New iPad app: Asana is now optimized for iPad. With split screen functionality (like in our web app), it’s easier to quickly scan tasks, check in on your team’s progress, and chime in with comments or attach relevant files to keep your work moving forward. Learn more

  • Convert Workspace to an Organization: If you’re currently in a Workspace and wish convert to an Organization, you can now do this right in the Asana app. Learn more

  • Asana for iOS 11: With the release of iOS 11, we made some major improvements to the Asana iOS mobile app. You can now create and view user profiles, import files, and use Apple’s VoiceOver functionality. Learn more

August 2017

  • Quick replies in tasks: Let task creators know you saw the task and you are working on it. You’ll see the option to add quick replies next to the comment box on tasks assigned by a teammate, that have not been commented on yet.

  • Improved performance: We’re continuing to work on the performance of Asana. Since our announcement that Asana is 2x faster, we’ve made more improvements to the time it takes Asana to load, the speed of sorting in My Tasks and projects, and the speed of scrolling through your My Tasks and projects.

  • New Project members dialogue: It’s now easier to add and manage project members in the redesigned project member dialogue. To update member settings, just click the + button in the project’s header.

  • Improvements to merging subtasks and setting dependencies: You’ll now be notified that you cannot mark a task as a duplicate of its subtask, since this action cannot be taken. Also, since tasks cannot be dependent on each other, tasks that are already waiting on the selected task have been removed from the list of dependency options.

  • Add project members in Progress View: When you share a status update for your project, you can now easily add new project members so they can see what’s happening and receive future updates.

  • Redesigned keyboard shortcut menu: Curious how to do common actions in Asana quickly? The redesigned shortcuts menu makes it easier to see how you can do more, with less clicks. To get to the menu, click on Help in the top right of the app, then select Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • Likes: At Asana, we believe in building a product that’s useful for all teams, no matter the culture or environment. And while our team had a lot of love for hearts, many customers told us that hearts weren’t widely understood or appropriate in every workplace. We learned that likes are a more universal symbol of appreciation. And we’re all about sharing team appreciation. Now you can like comments, tasks, updates, and more to give a quick “thanks”, “got it”, or “good job” to your teammates, in a way that’s inclusive for all teams.

  • Improvements to copy task: When you copy a task from your My Task list, you will now automatically remain the assignee of the task.

  • Microsoft Outlook & Teams Connector: Now you can get notifications of Asana tasks and projects right inside Outlook and Teams. Learn more

  • Microsoft Azure Directory (Enterprise): SCIM can now be enabled for Asana Enterprise customers that use Microsoft Azure Active Directory. When using SAML with Microsoft Azure AD, you can now enhance that integration with SCIM functionality as well. Learn more

  • Microsoft Power BI: Use Microsoft BI to quickly report on and analyze your Asana data. Learn more

July 2017

  • Asana loads faster: When you initially open Asana, the app should load much faster so you can start the day strong and jump into work.

  • New Microsoft OneDrive + Asana integration: Keep all your work and files together in Asana. Now you can upload any of your OneDrive documents—just connect your OneDrive account.

  • Domain export from API (Enterprise): For admins or others monitoring company data in the cloud, they can now automatically generate backups and exports of Asana data on their own system. This makes auditing and reporting on Asana data easier than ever before.

  • “Meet” your teammates: Anywhere you see someone’s profile photo, you can hover over it to see their photo, role, team, and more.

  • Refined color palette: We gave the app a fresh coat of paint to make it easier on the eyes and so everyone can see the same pops of color on any Asana page.

  • Simplified dropdown menus: We made adjustments to certain menus to make the most popular actions easier to take and find. Anytime you see a caret or ellipses, click for more options.

  • Quickly add yourself: Type “me” into various type-aheads to more easily add yourself (e.g., as the task assignee or as a follower) to searches, tasks, projects, etc. in Asana.

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Asana Lessons

Learn the Asana basics in less than 15 minutes with these quick lessons

Tasks

Tasks Lessons

Track all of your work

3 Minutes

My Tasks

My Tasks Lessons

Always know what to do next

3 Minutes

Projects

Projects Lessons

Work with teammates

3 Minutes

Inbox

Inbox Lessons

Communicate even faster

3 Minutes

You can use tasks to track, collaborate on, and organize all your work.

Tasks can be to-dos, ideas, notes, or reminders.

Assign a task to yourself or a teammate.

Press Tab+M to quickly assign a task to yourself.

Add a due date so your deadline is clear.

Add instructions and expectations in the task description field.

Type @ to link to other tasks, people, conversations, or projects.

When you @mention someone, they’ll be added to your task as a follower.

Followers get notified when new comments or attachments are added.

Add anyone who needs to stay up to date on your task as a follower.

They can always unfollow to stop getting notifications on your task.

Add comments to ask questions or give followers updates.

Heart a comment to let followers know you’ve seen it.

Add relevant files or irrelevant GIFs as attachments.

You can also attach directly from Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

Create subtasks to break your task into smaller steps.

When you’ve added a subtask, press enter to add another.

Subtasks can contain all the same details as regular tasks.

Click the comment bubble to add comments or attachments to a subtask.

You can create tasks from any screen using your top bar.

Every Task has a unique URL to easily copy and share.

Congrats! Looks like you’re up to the task.

On to the next lesson!

Always know what to do next with My Tasks.

My Tasks is a list of every task assigned to you.

It makes managing your work simple.

Click on your My Tasks list and start typing to add tasks.

Like a text document, add a new line for each new task or paste in any list.

Forward to x@mail.asana.com to turn your emails into tasks

Asana will translate your email into a task, including your attachments.

New tasks will appear at the top of your list in New Tasks.

Tasks you add to My Tasks are private to you.

Click Make Public to share them with your team.

Prioritize tasks as Today, Upcoming, or Later.

Click on the blue dot next to the task, to quickly sort it.

Mark the tasks you’ll have time for Today.

Teammates can view your My Tasks list to see what you’re up to.

They’ll only see tasks you’ve made public or shared in a project (more on projects later).

Mark tasks due within a week as Upcoming so you can see what will be due soon.

On its due date, your task will move from Upcoming to Today.

Just like magic.

Mark tasks due in more than a week for Later.

They’ll be out of your way until their due date approaches.

Your tasks will move from Later to Upcoming a week before they’re due.

Keep My Tasks prioritized to always know what to work on and what’s coming next.

Now you know how to track and plan your work!

Next, learn how to work with your team in Asana.

Work together on groups of tasks with projects.

Projects help you track and organize the steps in a process or initiative.

Like an event plan, product launch, or editorial calendar.

Like My Tasks, simply click and type to add tasks to your project.

If you have your steps in a document or email already, paste in that list.

Add tasks to your project from email.

View your project’s unique email address from the project dropdown menu.

Add your tasks to other related projects.

Tasks can be included in multiple projects.

Add sections to organize tasks in a list project.

Type : at the end of any task title to make it a section.

Or, add columns to organize tasks in a boards project.

Drag and drop tasks between or within columns to reorder.

Assign your tasks and set due dates.

Never miss a deadline with your project calendar.

Drag and drop tasks on your calendar to change their due dates.

Add everyone who needs to stay updated on your project as members.

Project members will get notified of new conversations, statuses, and tasks.

Post conversations to make announcements or start discussions.

Your post will be sent to all project members.

Use Progress to see how your project is moving forward.

Set a project status to update your team on how it’s going.

The Project Owner will be reminded to set a status once a week.

Open and organize projects from your sidebar.

Favorite projects to pin them to the top of your sidebar.

Click the star button on the left of your project name to favorite it.

Create new projects from any screen using your top bar.

Now you can move projects forward with your team.

Just one more lesson before you dive in.

Communicate and coordinate faster with Inbox.

Check Inbox to quickly read and respond to your latest updates.

Inbox will notify you when you have a task due…

and when teammates update tasks, conversations, and projects you follow.

Open and respond to updates without leaving Inbox.

Click an update and you’ll have all the context you need to respond.

Archive updates you’re ready to dismiss.

Click the X that appears on the right of an update to archive it.

Open Archive to move dismissed updates back to your Inbox.

Click the arrow that appears on the right of an archived update to move it back to Inbox.

Unfollow tasks or projects to stop receiving updates about them.

In the end, you have control over the updates you receive (or choose not to receive)

When you’re ready, you can turn Asana’s Email notifications off.

Most communication with your team can be more easily managed from Inbox. Just remember to check it often.

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to have a great work day with Asana.