Wunderlist Shutting Down: Microsoft “Retiring” Productivity App

Wunderlist Shutting Down

Wunderlist, the popular productivity app, is sailing into the sunset. In late April, Microsoft (who acquired Wunderlist in 2015), announced that they are shutting down Wunderist and launching a new to-do app called Microsoft To-Do. The new app, Microsoft says, will eventually “Bring more of the favorite elements of Wunderlist into the To-Do experience.”

For those who aren’t familiar, Wunderlist is a popular to-do list and productivity manager that’s designed for smartphones. In just a bit, we’ll explain why Wunderlist is shutting down and what other services you can use.

Wunderlist Shutting Down: When Is Wunderlist Shutting Down?

Regular Wunderlist users don’t need to worry–Wunderlist isn’t shutting down right away. According to a blog post by Microsoft To-Do program manager Ori Artman, Wunderlist won’t be officially “retired” until a host of features from the app are added to To-Do.

The features Microsoft wants to add to To-Do from Wunderlist include list sharing, Mac, iPad, and Android tablet apps, and additional integration with other Microsoft products.

Although Microsoft hasn’t announced a formal shutdown time for Wunderlist, it’s safe to bet it will take place in 2017.

If you currently use Wunderlist, you should switch to Microsoft To-Do (Which is built by the former Wunderlist team) or another to-do list app as soon as you can.

Wunderlist Shutting Down: Why Is Wunderlist Shutting Down?

The shortest explanation to why Microsoft is shutting down Wunderlist is that they want you to use Microsoft’s in-house products.

Microsoft has a reputation for purchasing apps from external developers, integrating their feature set into Microsoft’s own in-house products, and then shutting down the old indie apps.

The best-known example is Sunrise, a popular calendar app which was later merged with Outlook.

Wunderlist Shutting Down: What Is Microsoft To-Do?

We’ve got the details about Microsoft To-Do in another article. But what you need to know is this: Microsoft To-Do is a to-do list app that’s (currently) free to use and closely integrates into Microsoft Office. It is built by the team behind Wunderlist.

Microsoft is offering an importer to users that brings in lists and to-dos from Wunderlist into To-Do. These lists are also available in Exchange and Outlook.

Right now, the most noteworthy feature is Microsoft To-Do’s “Intelligent Suggestions” feature. This feature–which you access with a tap on a lightbulb icon–gives suggestions of things you might want to add to your daily task list.

Microsoft says that this feature lets users review tasks from the previous day, as well as their upcoming tasks. In addition, the app’s data is encrypted in transit.

A preview version of To-Do is available for enterprise users to enable through the Office 365 admin center, and ordinary users can use a web app or download iPhone and Android apps.

Microsoft To-Do’s importer also allows users to import data from Wunderlist or Todoist, a similar third party app.

Wunderlist Shutting Down: What Are Some Wunderlist Replacements?

With Wunderlist sailing into the sunset, there are a few different options for users to try out:

Microsoft To-Do: The obvious choice for switchover from Wunderlist is Microsoft’s successor app. Although it’s built by the same team, the feature set is currently very small–you still can’t, for instance, turn web pages or individual emails into tasks, or easily schedule tasks for future days.

Any.do: Any.Do is a to-do and productivity app with a very useful “Moments” tool that effortlessly syncs across your devices. It is free to use, but has a premium version with many more features. It also integrates with calendars easily.

Todoist: Todoist is a popular to-do and productivity app. One of Wunderlist’s biggest competitors, it operates on a freemium model (Free to use, but more features if you pay). Todoist is easy to get started with, and can be used on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

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