Microsoft has today taken to the Office Blogs to announce the launch of the successor of its task management application Wunderlist, which it acquired back in 2015. The Redmond giant has taken the wraps off its new, simplified task manager called ‘Microsoft To-Do,’ so much for an innovative name. It is now available in public preview on the web, iOS, Android, and Windows 10. It is expected to be released on Mac and for tablets in the coming months.
As one could surely imagine, this new To-Do application has been designed by the 6Wunderkinder team — the creators of the original Wunderlist platform. Most of the aesthetics and functionality of this platform have been inspired by its predecessor. Microsoft is now looking to port over a majority of the preferred features to To-Do before — grab a seat — retiring Wunderlist.
Yes, the company plans on retiring the widely popular task management app in the coming months, when it is confident that To-Do matches up to the standards of the audience. It hasn’t completely forgotten about you and is offering you to import your existing lists from Wunderlist over to To-Do. Speaking on the same, Ori Artman, general manager of Microsoft To-Do said:
Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist. While the name and icon may change, the team that brought you Wunderlist continues on.
Much like every other task management application, Microsoft To-Do enables you to create simple to-do lists, set reminders, notes, and keep track of ongoing projects. You will have the ability to customize each of the lists with a colorful theme, making it easier for you to distinguish between different notes.
Now, it’s not just that Redmond ported features over from Wunderlist and launched the application with a new name. To-Do brings along a couple of nifty features – like ‘My Day’, which encourages the user to focus on his daily schedule and ‘Intelligent Suggestions’, which provide you suggestions of tasks you’d like to add to today’s list.
My Day will always be the first thing you see when you open the To-Do app, as Microsoft wants to enable you to get a head start with planning your day from the get-go. The said list will be refreshed each day, thus, pushing you to charge it up with the tasks at hand.
With regards to the same, Artman continues to add,
To-Do helps you focus and plan your day from the moment you open the app. Every morning, your My Day list starts out with a clean slate, allowing you to be more intentional about what you want to get done.
The app has been further supercharged with the ‘intelligent suggestions’ feature — available on tapping the lightbulb at the top right. This new feature will surface incomplete tasks from the day before, what’s due or upcoming and other helpful suggestions using its underlying algorithms.
While the vocabulary of the blog post seems to suggest that the To-Do application will only be accessible to Office 365 subscribers but the Redmond giant has clarified that it is surely not the case, reports ZDNet. This Wunderlist replacement is accessible to anyone with a Microsoft account. You do not require to go out of your way and purchase an Office 365 subscription to access and manage the tasks across devices — comes with Outlook integration.