Microsoft To-Do Aims to Make Task Management Intelligent
The good news : Microsoft has a new, intelligent task management app called Microsoft To-Do that lets you manage your day’s activities easily. The bad news : This is the beginning of the end of Wunderlist.
Wunderlist is a wonderful task management app. Until it got acquired by Microsoft in 2015. After that, it was just a question of when its D-day would come. That day is coming soon, thanks to the arrival of Microsoft To-Do.
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If you’re looking for the silver lining, Microsoft To-Do is developed by the same team that created Wunderlist. That means you can expect some of the cool features of Wunderlist to be incorporated into Microsoft To-Do. Hopefully!
As for its features, it includes all the essential elements of a to-do app including setting up tasks, reminders, notes and so on. Its focus is to get things done – one day at a time.
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Intelligent Task Management
So, how is this different from any other app?
Well, it sports an Intelligent Suggestions feature that works its smart algorithm to offer to you the most intelligent task suggestions for the day. All you need to do is tap on My Day to add it to your task list for the day.
Microsoft To-Do also integrates flawlessly with Office 365, which means it can pull tasks from Microsoft Outlook into the app to help you manage all your tasks from one place.
Plus, there’s cross platform compatibility, which means you can access your lists from a Mac, Windows PC, Android, iOS, or Windows Mobile device. Note that the Mac and iPad versions will be launched later.
Working with Microsoft To-Do
Once you download Microsoft To-Do and fire it up, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account credentials.
Once you’re past that, you can turn on Reminders so you get an alert when its time to check something off your list.
Then its on to the My Day View, where you decide what you want accomplished that day. Just tap the + button at the bottom of the screen and type in your task.
After a task is created, you tap on it to set a reminder, give it a due date, or add notes. Or, you can create new lists from the menu and organize them based on some specific category, if you want to.
Importing To-Dos from Other Tools
If you have items in your Outlook Task list, they will be automatically synchronized with Microsoft To-Do. On the other hand, if you have been using Wunderlist or Todoist, you can seamlessly import items from those tools too!
Just tap on your profile name and on the Settings page, hit Start importing now to get the process rolling. Now the import itself may take some time, depending on how many tasks you have, so be a little patient with this process.
Despite being a newbie in the App Store, Microsoft To-Do worked flawlessly. Adding tasks, whether manually, or importing from Wunderlist and Todoist or pulling them from Outlook also worked like a charm.
Microsoft’s To Do app starts off everyday on a clean slate. Now whether that’s a good thing or not, is up for debate. Adding fresh tasks everyday in the morning is not something I particularly relish doing everyday. Hopefully, the Intelligent Light Bulb will make that task easy for me, but that’s still a task that I need to process.
In my use of the app thus far, I like the ease of use and clean UI of Microsoft To-Do. However, there’s still some way to go before it becomes a more wholesomely useful app.
There is no easy share option. No way to create sub tasks and no options to import files to tasks. And I’m sure there are users who wish to do a bit of customization as well.
Overall, in my opinion, with its latest app, Microsoft seems to have belittled power users and customers of Wunderlist. Users wanting to make the move from Wunderlist are bound to be disappointed with what Microsoft To-Do currently offers. Its just too basic and two steps behind.
Now, I am not a Wunderlist user. For my task management activities, I use TickTick and am perfectly happy with it. Microsoft To-Do still has some way to go before I take it up. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check out the app yourself. Click the link below to see the app for yourself.
Price: Free Download : App Store
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Do you have any plans to give Microsoft To-Do a try? Would it be your choice when Wunderlist is retired. We’d love to hear what alternatives you have on your mind.