Microsoft today introduced its new to-do list app called Microsoft To-Do in a preview. To-Do is a new app from the team behind Wunderlist, which is an app Microsoft acquired back in 2015. Microsoft To-Do is a completely different app from Wunderlist, and it’s part of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. Redmond has been working on the app for more than a year now — and surprisingly enough, the app is pretty minimal at the moment in terms of features.
The not-so-surprising part? Wunderlist is now on Microsoft’s list of things to ditch. Once Microsoft To-Do gets some of the best features of Wunderlist, Microsoft will be retiring Wunderlist. Redmond already provides a tool that lets users import their content from Wunderlist into Microsoft To-Do — so users should be able to seamlessly transfer from Wunderlist to To-Do.
Microsoft stated in a blog post:
“Today’s To-Do Preview would not have been possible without the support and input of Wunderlist fans over the last six years. In the coming months, we’ll bring more of the favorite elements of Wunderlist into the To-Do experience, adding features such as list sharing, apps for Mac, iPad and Android tablet, as well as additional integrations with other Microsoft services. Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist. While the name and icon may change, the team that brought you Wunderlist continues on. We look forward to making To-Do even more useful, intuitive and personal.”
This isn’t the first time Microsoft is killing a service that it acquired. Most notably, the company retired Sunrise Calendar late last year and integrated some of the features from Sunrise into Outlook Calendar. Sunrise Calendar users weren’t quite happy with the change, mostly because Outlook Calendar honestly didn’t provide the same user experience as Sunrise.
Whether Wunderlist users will like Microsoft To-Do should be interesting — the app is built by the team behind Wunderlist, so most of the things are quite similar. The design of Microsoft To-Do is quite similar to Wunderlist, but it’s still lacking some of the features that are available on Wunderlist. Only time will tell.