Microsoft has announced a new "intelligent task management app", developed by the team behind Wunderlist, which Microsoft acquired almost two years ago.
To-Do promises a "smarter, more personal and intuitive way to help people stay organized", and is now available in preview form across multiple platforms. The app is integrated with Office 365, and uses "an intelligent algorithm" to assist in users' task management, offering "helpful suggestions" to help prioritize what's most important.
In addition to simple to-do list functionality, the app allows users to add reminders, due dates and notes, as well as enabling them to "personalize each list with colourful themes". Of course, if you're busy enough to need to manage every day with to-do lists and reminders, one wonders how much time you'll have to spend on making your lists look pretty.
Microsoft says that the app's integration with Office 365 is a major advantage:
Our first integration with Outlook makes it easy to stay on top of your Outlook Tasks from anywhere. It will automatically sync your Tasks with To-Do, and allow you to access and manage them across devices.
As the only task management app built on an enterprise cloud, To-Do offers the advanced security that our Office 365 customers expect. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest, and To-Do is served out of our hyper-scale, global network of data centers. For commercial users, IT professionals can now enable the To-Do Preview through the Office 365 admin center.
In the future, Microsoft says, this integration "will enable the product to be even more useful in more places."
Microsoft plans to build in more features from Wunderlist "in the coming months", including list sharing; apps for Mac, iPad and Android tablets; and further integration with Microsoft services. "Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into To-Do," the company added, "we will retire Wunderlist."
Microsoft To-Do Preview is available to download now for iPhone and Android phones, and from the Windows Store (where it's still referred to by its development codename, Project Cheshire), and the web version is available here.