We first came across the news that Microsoft was beta-testing a new to-do app for Windows in November. That time, the company code-named the app Project Cheshire, and now we are hearing of it again, as it decided to close down its Wunderlist app in favor of a new app called To-Do.
Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist
In 2015, the Windows maker bought the popular mobile to-do list application Wunderlist, and now, it is preparing its users for the ultimate retirement of the app with the launch of its new app To-Do. The new app is being built by the team behind Wunderlist. Microsoft says it will incorporate favorite elements of Wunderlist in the coming months. The company said it will not close down the old app until it is confident that it has incorporated the best of Wunderlist into the new To-Do app.
Still, if you are one of those who thinks that the company may cancel its decision to scrap the old app, then you must know that the Windows maker has made the retirement of Wunderlist clear. In the meantime, the company is motivating users of the old app to switch to the new one by providing an importer, notes TechCrunch.
How the To-do app is better
The new To-Do app keeps things pretty simple, unlike the feature-packed old app, notes TNW. According to the company, the app starts off with a screen called “My Day” that provides a list of items that needs to get done on a particular day. Any task that the person does not get done is hidden away the user hits the lightbulb button for suggestions about things they should get done.
To-Do “delivers a smarter, more personal and intuitive way to help people stay organized and get the most out of every day. Powered by Office 365 integration and an intelligent algorithm, it is the first step on our journey to simplify task management and help you achieve more,” the company said in a blog post.
A person can choose from 10 color themes for the interface, create separate lists of their own, add notes, reminders, and due dates for tasks, and sync between multiple devices. The app has been developed to integrate with Microsoft Office. It is built on Office 365, and Outlook is its first integration. This will allow users to access and handle Outlook tasks across multiple devices. It can also be deployed across large enterprise teams, offering the same level of security as other apps from Microsoft.
As of now, the app is not ready enough to meet the expectations of Wunderlist users. However, this is just the beginning, and several new features will be added over time. List-sharing and apps for the iPad, Android tablets and Mac are in the works. The preview version of the new app is available now for IT admins via the Office 365 admin center and on for consumers on the web for Windows, Android, and iPhone.