TeamLab: What will the future bring?

As you may already know, we constantly gather all TeamLab users’ suggestions in our special feedback form to understand your needs and expectations. Today’s post illustrates two points: the value and importance of your feedback and our determination to be truly client-oriented company developing TeamLab according to your requests. But no more lyrics, let’s pass to the facts.

So, what are we going to implement from the features you’ve suggested?

Let’s start with the Projects section. The good news is that it will be essentially revised this month. We’ve followed your most popular requests and prepared a few important updates, including:

  • subtasks;
  • tasks priority;
  • project statuses: active, paused, closed;
  • new format for time tracking: hours/minutes;
  • the ability to filter tasks by due date, person in charge, milestone, status and your personal tasks;
  • extended description field in tasks;
  • the ability to remove attached files in tasks.

The listed options will be firstly released in the beta-version in several weeks, and you’ll be able to switch between the old and new versions to understand which one is more convenient for you.

In the next summer releases we also plan to significantly enhance the tasks features: introduce recurring tasks, the ability to “accept” a task and task statuses. The report system will also be improved and integrated with the Documents module, the section about milestones will be added.

There’re also two suggestions for Projects – Gantt charts and tasks dependency – that keep to be in the top requests. Paying attention to this high demand, we’re already working on its implementation. This functionality is closely connected with all the components of the Projects, and our goal is to make the integration of these new functions efficient and smooth at the same time, keeping the whole system as simple as before. It requires considerable human and time resources, but we plan to add the mentioned features in less than half a year.

Documents is the second point in TeamLab grand releases schedule for the near future. This summer we will add a completely new fully-fledged Document Editor, built in HTML5. Unlike the current editor in TeamLab Docs and other popular editors like Google Docs, Zoho Writer, this fresh TeamLab Document Editor will provide a considerable number of benefits, such as:

  • a richer toolset that includes advanced table processing, line spacing, multi-level numbering, text and heading styles;
  • fast upload and processing of multi-page documentation;
  • absolute identity of document displayed and printed or imported versions, regardless of browser or OS;
  • a maximum number of fonts with hieroglyphs included.

Currently, you can try the beta version of TeamLab Document Editor at html5.teamlab.com We’ll be glad to receive your feedback!

That’s our roadmap for Projects and Documents. As you may see, we’ve taken into account most of your popular suggestions and hope, you’ll be satisfied with the results :)

P.S. Next time you’ll get to know our plans on CRM and Calendar. Stay tuned!

 
Comments (48)
  1. vemcaster - Reply
    April 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I am afraid the beta version link is invalid.

    • Maria - Reply
      April 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

      just fixed it, the link is valid now. thank you

  2. Mr Hoe - Reply
    April 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    OLGA: I Respect the information of change, regarding enhancement to Projects, and tasks.
    1. Calander – How about synch.. Synch to hotmail live, google. and say Icloud calander. take the top 6 or something. then just create a link and it’s updated all the time.

    2. timecard.. timesheets.. I have not seen a Fix on the reporting.. A. A detail time card by User.. By a date selection. Shows the daily time, with task and project and total time for the report..
    B> Ability to Download or export report. to Excel.

    Thannks.
    Arlee

    • Olga - Reply
      April 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for your comment! As mentioned above, we plan to improve the report system, the section on time tracking as well. Concerning the calendar sync, we’ll think about it, thanks again.

  3. Accountant - Reply
    April 27, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Agreed.. Need a simple time saving way to synch up calander from Gmail, or Iphone Apple mail or hotmail to the Teamlab calander. Don’t want to spend the 1.2 hours doing export and import.. That’s old school.
    Fix what is basic and important.
    Fix the Timesheet report… So you can get time details by task and project for a user, for a given time period.

    Charles.

    • Olga - Reply
      April 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      We’ll take into account your suggestions about the calendar synch. Concerning the report system, as mentioned in the post, we plan to easentially improve it.

      • bookkeeper - Reply
        May 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        That’s Great news. Way to go..
        in dealing with many development dept. of service and software, they are very professional and know exactly when they are releasing updates. Take for example Sage, or Intuit.. I do Beta testing for both, and they absolutely know the next release date. Is your staff that small that you have no Idea of the Exact release date?
        Olga I find that Very strange.

        We hope to hear of the exact release date.

        In other words, if we don’t know , then it promotes disloyalty, look for something else that will more closely fit the needs.
        Example if you go to a tire shop to get your tire FIXED.. And you then ask what? Yes you ask when can I Reasonably EXPECT that you will be done? Pick up car right? How would you feel if the tire shop employee, gave no explanation, and just said come back “SOMEDAY” ?? Put your self in the shoes of the USER, the Client.. If you want to compare in the exact industry.. Check out Wave Accounting. A Free Online Accounting system. With their changes, Did they say.. oh just someday? I don’t think so .. No their development team gave specific release dates for improvements. Such as Feb 1 2012 Payroll module will be released. And Was It? YES.. So could we as users do some planning, Yes of course. That is the norm.

  4. April 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Nice Work! My friend Thierno Ba love Teamlab so much!

  5. Alberto Santana - Reply
    April 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hi!!

    These are very good news for Teamlab’s users!

    But, what about a task with more than one assigned and responsible person?. It’s a long time demanded suggestion

    You’re making a great great job!!

    Congrats!

    • Olga - Reply
      April 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Alberto, it will be added very soon as well.

  6. Brainbug - Reply
    April 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hi thank you to let us informed about your roadmap and for your very good job.

    Even, what about ability to give permissions by user group into teamlab access ? it is a feature asked by a lot of Teamlab users regarding the feedback ideas.

    Some group should be only limited into community and others group with projects access etc etc..

    Other very important stuff should be to have “Post-it” function into forum to let at top every important informations. Only admin could add or remove it.

    Thank you again for your time.

    • Olga - Reply
      May 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Hi! Concerning the access rights management for every TeamLab module, this option will be implemented in our upcoming release this month. As for the “post-it” feature, could you please describe it more clearly at http://feedback.teamlab.com for us to understand you right and for other users can to vote for it.

      • Brainbug - Reply
        May 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

        This feature, is present in a lot of forum software. It allow to an admin to stick topic always present at the top of forum category.

        ————–
        On PhpBB :
        Sticky Topics

        Announcement topics are the most prominent topics in a forum, having their own section at the top of the list of topics. Stickies are less prominent, but still remain at the top of the forum no matter when the last post was made.
        ————

        The purpose so, is to add an option for an admin when creating a topic, option called “Stick this topic” when posting it, so the topic always stay at the top of forum categories and cannot be remained except by an admin himself.

        • Olga - Reply
          May 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          Thanks. Now your request is pretty clear. We’ll forward it to our developers.

  7. max - Reply
    April 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    it is great news for all teamlab users, but i have a question: all the features of next version of team lab, is that include in open source version or just in saas version?

    • Olga - Reply
      May 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

      For the near future, the listed options will be added to the SaaS version only.

  8. Stefan - Reply
    May 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    That’s a pitty. I evaluated the open source/server solution but chose another product because of its greater feature set. I still liked TeamLab’s simple approach a lot so I kept checking back if the missing features would be added. Now I see you’re making good progress, but if it’s SaaS-only, it’s of no use to me as a self-hosted setup is the most important requirement for sensitive information like projects and status.

    • Olga - Reply
      May 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Stefan, we’re working on the server solution as well. We plan to introduce Teamlab server version for the companies like yours this year. I just mentioned that in the near future – I mean in the spring – we’re not going to improve the open source version significantly.

      • Stefan - Reply
        May 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

        With server version, you mean the open source version, or is there more to it than a name change? If there will be progress on the open source version at a later time, I’ll happily keep checking back again later.

  9. max - Reply
    May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    please tell me the anther product name your choosed,thanks

    • Stefan - Reply
      May 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I chose todoyu, which is more specialized on project management. TeamLab is a well designed and easier to use software, with additional features, but its project management part is a bit more limited (as of now).

      So while I can use todoyu now for project management, I’m still watching TeamLab for its complete portal solution. If the open source version had Active Directory integration (or even better, single sign on), I’d love to use it as an intranet.

  10. May 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Hi,

    iam sorry for my english spoken – iam french, but I would like to say:

    we are very happy with all this features… But we are coming from “Zoho Projects” and we love teamlab for its simplicity. We hope all new functions will not add difficulties to learn, and daily use.

    But what our team is really waiting for is the mail functionnality to send and receive email to apply on project… We will use it as ticket for customer support…

    have a nice day.

    Pascal

    • Olga - Reply
      May 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Pascal, we’ll release TeamLab email client this summer.

  11. SB - Reply
    May 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I looked at the beta version for doc editor, all I need to say it is great. You guys are doing some great work at teamlab, we love your product.
    one featurep I think that is really needed in the project document area is able to set permissions on file and folder level like how we can do it on My Documents area.

    thanks.

    SB

    • bookkeeper - Reply
      May 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      I looked and tested it as well. I would offer.
      Short commings. GREAT START..
      Positives. Fast refresh rate. Fast type and edit, good response on the server.

      1. cannot seamless paste in a table
      2. cannot paste in contents of another word document
      3. Formating.. very limited. take a look at formating in Google docs, or word .. Symbols, mark up text.
      4. Comment ability. Comment box.. multiple people look at document, offer there changes or comments.
      5. Export to Word? does not seem to work effective.

      Yea TeamLab.. Keep improving.

      • Olga - Reply
        May 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Thanks for sharing your impressions. The feedback is priceless, you know :) We’re still developing the editor, fixing some errors and working on new features. We plan to add collaborative editing and comments in the second version of the editor.

    • Olga - Reply
      May 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks for your comment. We’ll work on it.

  12. May 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    One thing I’d really like to see in the Projects module is some integration with the CRM module. It would be great to have contacts linked to a particular project, so that:

    1). From a project, I can quickly find the contact details of people related to the project.

    2). From the CRM module, I can quickly see which projects are related to a particular contact.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Olga - Reply
      May 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Robert, we’re thinking over the integration between Projects and CRM right now as it’s one of the most demanding options.

      • May 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        OLGA: You indicated that there would be a release this month (may 2012) Exactly when will that be? It is now May 18-2012 Time is flying by. If we understood correct. it would be a beta version? Isn’t it nice to see all the interest in improvements? You seem to have an active user community.
        The users on our teamlab.. have all made comments of improvement they would like to see, which are covered above. to summarize.
        1. Improvement to a Timesheet.. More functionality.
        Entering time to Project and task is great.. but reporting is Poor. Need report of timesheet BY USER.
        2. Improvements to task. Great everyone is looking forward.
        3. Improvments to Forum.. Great again excitment to see it rolled out.
        4. Lots of excitment About the common sense improvement to CRM.. Email system.. That is terrific.
        It will interesting.. Basically if all clients are in the CRM module, then emails can be sent to them directly from within the module. Imports to CRM– From VCM, Text Comma, Excel . direct from Google or MSN.?

        5. Document editor.. – watch the connectivity issues.

        6. Improvement to Calander ,, Synch to ICalander, Google Cal, Yahoo Calander, MSN Calander ? Then basicall which ever calander the team members are using , thier calander will synch to thier personal calander.

        • Olga - Reply
          May 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

          Thanks for your comments on TeamLab features, we’ll take them into consideration. Concerning the improvements to tasks – they will be included in the coming release of TeamLab Projects. You’ll be able to switch to the new Projects version this week and estimate the changes by yourself.

  13. Rem - Reply
    May 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Парни, красавцы!
    Нам с вами по пути! Развивайтесь!

    • Olga - Reply
      May 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Спасибо :)

  14. Konrad - Reply
    May 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It would be great if time tracking will work with ajax. So that there is no need of having the time tracking window always open. I would appreciate that feature …
    Thanks Konrad

  15. May 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    We’ve been using TeamLab for a year, and decided that the most desired things, that we really needed and wanted were:
    1. Adjustable task statuses
    2. Report «Closed tasks with spent time», where we’d able to see list of closed tasks with aggregated spent time. Because now we can get either list of spent time, or spent time for a user, or by clicking each of tasks and get the time.

    And list of small issues that spoil our life :) like small textarea for task description, it’s deshonestly that comments have wysiwyg but task’s description doesn’t

    • Olga - Reply
      May 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Iliya, as for your minor issue – small text area – it will be changed in the nearest release. Concerning the other suggestions, thanks a lot, we’ll consider their implementation.

  16. Anthony F. Camilleri - Reply
    May 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I would also like to echo the already-made comments about two-way calendar-sync being a must-have feature.

  17. May 23, 2012 at 1:25 am

    В данном посте было сказано, что обновление в Проектах будет в течение нескольких недель. Для меня они очень важны. Прошел уже месяц – когда можно опробовать бета-версию?

    • Olga - Reply
      May 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Михаил, все верно. Вы можете переключиться на новые “Проекты” в разделе “Настройки” Вашего портала.

  18. Mario - Reply
    June 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I’d like to have also a ‘wiki’ section under each project, following its sharing settings

  19. June 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I have some recommendations:
    1. When creating a Milestone or a task, and a date is picked, we need to be able to set a date range and times. Also, we need the ability to set a reminder. As it stands right now, the milestones and tasks with dates show up on the calendar, but you can’t set reminders. So we have to add additional duplicate calendar items so that we can take advantage of the reminder feature of calendar items.
    Also, as a side note… even if you add a ‘description’ to the milestone, the description does not show up on the calendar item, only when viewing the milestone in the project screens.
    Finally, the 10 MB per file limit needs to be raised. Many PPT presentations can easily be over 10MB. Raising the limit to 20 MB seems more reasonable.

    2. strangely, in the pre-release version when I created a project template, I can’t set who the team members are for the template like I could in the stable release version. So now I have to manually add team members to every new project I create. I am thinking about switching back to the stable version, even though I need the ability to have multiple admins that is available in the pre-release version.

  20. Olga - Reply
    June 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Steve, thank you for the recommendations!
    Please, mention them in our special feedback form, so that other users could vote for your ideas – http://feedback.teamlab.com/

  21. June 12, 2012 at 2:02 am

    When will the above mentioned changes go live? Is there a beta version which I can test as I am really looking forward to the changes in Project

  22. June 12, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Never mind, I didn’t know you could switch to the pre-release version

  23. fabio - Reply
    July 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    but
    i want a new version for installing it on my server
    but i go to download and i found a old release

    Yuo know a data for standalone teamlab setup ?

    • Olga - Reply
      July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Fabi, we’ll update the open source version in the near future, approximately, in a month.

  24. jordi - Reply
    February 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    where is recurring task? or repeating tasks
    please!!

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