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Microsoft Introduces To-Do – Intelligent Task Management App Replacing Wunderlist

If it’s one thing I have learned about task list apps such as Google Keep, iOS Reminders or Outlook tasks, if you don’t remember to use them, they are pretty much useless. That’s not stopping Microsoft from introducing a new app focused on simplicity and integration with the company’s Office 365 platform and supercharged with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

To-Do is an entirely new app from the same developers behind Wunderlist, an app/service Microsoft purchased a couple years ago and will now retire once all its features have been ported over to To-Do. In this first launch/preview, To-Do is available in a Web client as well iPhone and Android. Let’s check it out.

Microsoft To-Do  for iPhone, Android, Windows and Web

The interface features a clean design focusing on your tasks list, which includes completed and upcoming tasks. Tasks can be broken down into categories, whether it’s for Work, Home or another scenario such as grocery list or equipment for a kitchen renovation. New tasks lists can even be created from existing items.

To-Do helps you create a list for anything—for work, home projects or just your groceries. You can keep track of deadlines by adding reminders, due dates, and notes, and personalize each list with colorful themes. You can access your lists from anywhere with the To-Do apps for iPhone, Android phone, Windows 10 devices and the web. Source

Microsoft designed To-Do to focus on your day; if you have a backlog of tasks to complete, you can pick and choose from your list for the day. This makes the service feel flexible than the rigid top to bottom approach. Integration with Microsoft’s existing services and apps such as Outlook is another great way to start off with To-Do. You can sync existing task lists and benefit from secure encryption technologies already built into Office 365.

Functions like searching through your list are also available and the service seems to add a bit of personalization based on your location. I will be exploring the app some more and test it out later this week when I go into town. There seems to be a minor bug when trying to chase the due date on tasks. Instead of moving the due date to tomorrow, it remained stuck on today. I keep saying it, but I really like the clean interface a lot. You can add items, easily move them or down to prioritize or use the built in Sort filter.

Although the preview is currently limited to the web, iPhone and Android smartphones, Microsoft is already planning updates to support devices such as the iPad, Android Tablets, and even the Mac. Users can give it a try now by simply signing in with their existing Microsoft account then start creating a new list and add your to-do’s them.

I have Wunderlist on my iPhone, but I probably opened the app just a couple times. This low interaction is likely due to the chore like nature of remembering to use the app. Right now, I manage to do’s and reminders across a variety of solutions: text-based notes, sending myself email reminders and searching the old noggin. Microsoft’s new app seems interesting though, the clean interface is particularly, attractive and that just might encourage me to make a concerted effort to use it. Being that Microsoft plans to add a deep level of integration with Microsoft Outlook, this might just be exactly what I need to consolidate into a single platform.

Intelligent Assistant

Microsoft continues to flex its AI and Machine Learning muscle across its Azure and O365 platform with Microsoft Delve, Clutter, Focused Inbox and Cortana. According to its blog post, To-Do will also be enabled with this tech. Here’s a snip from the release notes that dive into some of the capabilities getting shipped with the preview.

Managing your to-dos and lists can sometimes take as much effort as completing them. 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.

You can also tap Intelligent Suggestions for ideas on what’s most important. Just tap the lightbulb, and you’ll see any to-dos from the day before, what’s due or upcoming, and other helpful suggestions based on To-Do’s smart algorithm. Just add the ones you want to get done to My Day.

Not sure about you, but, although a little scary, this is extremely exciting stuff!

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10 Responses to Microsoft Introduces To-Do – Intelligent Task Management App Replacing Wunderlist

  1. Richard April 20, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    Thank you for posting Andre! Great info to know. I used all kinds of ways to create To-Do Lists including Post-It, One Note, DropBox, etc etc. yet I always end up writing things on my yellow post-it notes on my desk and then can never find them.

    I gave this a try, but it did not work using Google Chrome on a Windows desktop PC with a Microsoft Office 365 account. After logging into my Microsoft account, I was able to create a list i.e. Personal/Work etc but could not add a task or to-do item on my list. Nothing happened when I hit that + sign to add a to-do item?

    I went to the Google Chrome Store and added Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager and will give that a try. Does Microsoft To-Do only work on the Microsoft Edge Browser? Thank for the nice post and info Andre!

    • Andre Da Costa April 20, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      The screenshots you see in the article here are from a Linux box with Firefox for Ubuntu. Its still in preview, so maybe its something you should report using Uservoice. I personally am not that big on To-Do’s to be honest. It just doesn’t feel worth it to go through all the effort. I need something that can actually remind me when I go into town not to forget something. Reminding is the issue here for me.

  2. Richard April 20, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    I guess it did not work for me because it is in PREVIEW only????

    Introducing Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview
    by Office 365 Team, on April 19, 2017

    Today’s post was written by Ori Artman, general manager of Microsoft To-Do.

    Today we’re excited to introduce a new, intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. Say hello to Microsoft To-Do—now available in Preview.

    • Steve Krause April 20, 2017 at 11:09 am #

      Did you try todo.microsoft.com? Be sure to use a Personal account (not O365 corp…). I just tested with my outlook.com account and it’s working great.

      • Robert Brown April 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

        Steve,

        I tried todo.microsoft.com and successfully logged in using my Microsoft account password. Clicking the ‘+’ that’s supposed to start a new to-do item did nothing at all. I’m not sure how this can be called a preview of anything.

  3. Akash April 20, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    nice post bro keep it up

  4. Richard April 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    THANK YOU, ANDRE AND STEVE: YEP…..IT’S WORKING FOR ME NOW IN MY PERSONAL MICROSOFT ACCOUNT. GREATLY APPRECIATE THE HELP. THIS IS NOW MY NEW GO TO TO-DO LIST MANAGEMENT. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HELP & POST!!!

    • Andre Da Costa April 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Hey Richard, glad to know its now working for you.

  5. Richard April 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    Hey Robert Brown: Same thing happened to me. I waited and thought a place would open beneath the + sign for me to add a to-do item. Tap with your cursor to the right of the + sign where it says to “Add a to-do” and you can start typing right there where your cursor is blinking to enter your to-do item or task. Hope this helps!

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