Wunderlist is being shutting down

By | 10/12/2019

Wunderlist IconI remember Wunderlist as my first third-party to-do manager. I’m former blogger writing for one slovak Apple blog and we were using Wunderlist there. Good design and team collaboration where just terrific. When Microsoft announced it has acquired Wunderlist, it was a warning sign. When big company acquires popular service, it usually means that company is working on its own solution and acquired service will be shutted down soon. And something like this happened to Wunderlist. Though it’s over 4 years from acquisition, Wunderlist still works, but Microsoft revealed date when Wunderlist will be shutted down.

Microsoft is working on its own solution called To Do. Company wants to add to To Do all great features from Wunderlist. It took ages to port these features from Wunderlist to To Do, so that was the reason why Wunderlist was still live for many years after acquisition.

Microsoft said that Wunderlist will be shut down on May 6, 2020. After this date, Wunderlist to-dos will no longer sync, but users will still be able to import their content into Microsoft’s own To Do app.

In September, To Do app got new backgrounds, smart lists and a personalized daily planner offering smart suggestions of tasks to be accomplished. It was also integrated into Microsoft apps and services, like Cortana, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Planner and company’s launcher for Android.

Wunderlist is now no longer updated and app is ageing. Even Wunderlist’s creator Christian Reber said he would be glad to purchase Wunderlist back from Microsoft. Microsoft is spending all of its energy in favor of its own app – To Do.

Since May 6, 2020, Wunderlist’s to-dos won’t sync anymore. Also, after that date, Microsoft said that there will be no guarantees that Wunderlist will continue to work properly. Also, Microsoft just stopped accepting new sign-ups for Wunderlist. If you are To Do user, or if you plan to move to To Do, you will be able to transfer your data from Wunderlist to To Do via Wunderlist importer in iOS, Android, Mac, PC or web app. If you prefer, you can also export your Wunderlist data to To Do directly from Wunderlist app.

Since fall update, To Do features similar design as Wunderlist, while introducing new features like the personalized My Day home screen. Also, Microsoft Outlook e-mails and Microsoft Planner tasks can now be sent to To Do. Planned Smart List feature will show everything with a due date, and this can be configured to only show today’s tasks.

“Some of you have been on this journey with us since the very beginning,” said Microsoft, in an announcement. “You, our users, mean everything to us, and we hope that you continue to share our vision and join us on this next step of our journey. You helped us make Wunderlist what it is, and we’d love for you to help us do the same with To Do. Tell us what you love and what you’d like to see added or updated. With our latest additions – printing, smart due dates, and dark mode – you can be sure that we always take your feedback into consideration when building new features,” the company said.

Wunderlist was acquired by Microsoft in June 1, 2015 for about 18 600 000 US dollars. According to data from Sensor Tower, there are globally 26 millions installs across iOS and Android devices since January 1, 2014.

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