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Microsoft To-Do arrives on Mac to complete platform roll-out of Wunderlist successor

18 June 2019, Nick Peers

Microsoft has just unveiled Microsoft To-Do 1.59 for Apple Macs running macOS 10.13 or later. It joins the native apps for Windows 10, iOS and Android.

Microsoft To-Do is – surprise, surprise – Microsoft’s reminders and task-planning app. It’s a redeveloped version of Wunderlist, which Microsoft acquired back in 2015. Although Wunderlist is no longer actively developed, it’s still receiving semi-regular minor updates.

On the surface, Microsoft To-Do is functionally identical to its predecessor. It’s a cross-platform tool that makes it easy to plan and manage everything from small tasks like putting together a shopping list to huge projects with multiple goals to meet. Everything’s linked to your Microsoft account and syncs automatically across your devices.

Microsoft To-Do on the Mac shares the same user interface as its Windows counterpart.

Everything can be organised into a three-level hierarchy: lists, tasks and to-do items (within each task). You can assign due dates or reminders, make them repeat at set intervals, and add file attachments and notes. These can then be quickly assigned to the day planner to help you work your way through them.

It’s also possible to share lists with other users, who can then both view and make changes to the shared list. One feature missing from To-Do that was in Wunderlist is the ability to assign specific tasks to others – this may appear in a future update.

Other features added since Microsoft’s acquisition include machine-learning to help it better anticipate your needs by prioritising tasks and suggesting what to add to your day planner. There’s also integration with Office 365 in the form of the Outlook desktop client as well as online at Outlook.com.

Now that Microsoft has completed the circle by rolling out Microsoft To-Do for Mac, it’s possible that it may soon bring down the curtain on Wunderlist. When installing To-Do for the first time, Wunderlist users are given the opportunity to sign into their old account and import across lists and tasks, but sadly folders, attachments and task assignments are all lost during the import. Whether this will be rectified before Microsoft sunsets Wunderlist is not yet clear.

Microsoft To-Do 1.58/1.59 is available now as a free download for Windows 10, Mac, iOS and Android. A Microsoft Account is required to use the app.

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