Death By Microsoft-Farewell Wunderlist

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Wunderlist logoI suppose we should have seen it coming. As soon as Microsoft announced it had bought Wunderlist, the small German list and task manager, the writing was on the wall.  This has, of course, happened before. Microsoft bought Sunrise, one of the most highly rated calendar apps, merged it into the appalling Outlook mobile app, and shut down the standalone version.  Now Wunderlist is going the same way and has been reincarnated as Microsoft To Do.

This has, of course, happened before. Microsoft bought Sunrise, one of the most highly rated calendar apps, merged it into the appalling Outlook mobile app, and shut down the standalone version.  Now Wunderlist is going the same way and has been reincarnated as Microsoft To Do.

Now Wunderlist is going the same way and has been reincarnated as Microsoft To Do.

Evolution of Wunderlist

On its blog, Wunderlist writes: “Today marks an evolution of Wunderlist. We’re excited to announce the Microsoft To-Do Preview, which would not have been possible without the support and input of our Wunderlist fans. To-Do is an intelligent task management app that makes it easy to plan and manage your day. We’d love for you to come on this journey with us as we—with your help—continue to evolve and improve how you plan and manage your day. Say hello to your Preview of Microsoft To-Do! A smarter task management app We built To-Do because you told us how much you loved the feeling of completing your to-dos, ding!”

I wonder how many of those “loyal users” that helped develop To Do had lifetime subscriptions? If you did you are crap out of luck as Wunderlist, like Sunrise, will shut down. No timeline has been given but if you want to use standalone apps then you have been cast adrift.

Todoist Stays Standalone

I was going to say that I don’t blame the developers. After all, if you have worked your sensitive off for many years, the lure of the Microsoft Dollar must be very appealing. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Todoist, in my opinion, a far superior task management and list service, has stated that it categorically is not for sale and will stoically pursue the standalone path.  Todoist MD Amir Salihefendic explains why in a post on Ten Time Zones, it’s an uplifting read.

If you prefer to use something independent and decent like Newton Email as opposed to Outlook and Business Calendar as a standalone calendar, then if you search there are alternatives to Microsoft’s mobile offerings.

I cannot see how good Microsoft To Do is because to use it you must have Outlook on your mobile device and that is something I am not prepared to do.

Finally, if you are starting to rub yourself with blood and standing on the edge of a pier looking at the circling sharks, there is good news. Here is a guide as to how you can import all your Wunderlist data into Todoist.

 

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