Microsoft today revealed an update for its To-Do application, now simply called To Do, which makes the application much more useful and enjoyable to watch. But not everyone is happy, since the development of this application potentially signals the withdrawal of another.
The new version of tasks includes a renewed appearance with new funds. The application also includes a smart daily planner, lists that can be accessed from multiple devices and integration with other Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Microsoft Planner and Cortana. It looks a lot like the popular Wunderlist task application, and that's not a coincidence. The company explicitly says that it built the new To Do on the back of Wunderlist, and named the specific characteristics of the crops it is bringing from its main application. I'm not happy with that: the founder of Wunderlist, Christian Reber.
Reber said on Twitter that he would be willing to buy Wunderlist to avoid its closure and force people who still use it. This is not the first time you make the offer. He simultaneously said he would love to build a new version of Wunderlist and that he is " happy to buy it again any day" in March . But now that the closure of Wunderlist is closer than ever, its offers on Twitter sound more serious.
Still sad @Microsoft wants to close @Wunderlist even though people still love him and use him. I mean it @satyanadella @marcusash please allow me to buy it again. Keep the equipment and focus on @MicrosoftToDo and nobody will be angry about not closing @Wunderlist . pic.twitter.com/27mIABncLF
– Christian Reber (@christianreber) September 6, 2019
Microsoft acquired Wunderlist in 2015 for an undisclosed price and deployed Pending Tasks in 2017 Reber, who had joined the company at the same time as his application, left shortly after the launch of To-Do. Quickly he turned to Twitter to explain why Microsoft was creating a new application instead of simply renaming Wunderlist and calling it one day. Apparently, the main reason is that the Wunderlist API is built on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft could not port it to Azure in a timely manner.
When Microsoft revealed Pending Tasks, it also frankly said that it would eventually close Wunderlist, although it also specified that it would not do so until it integrated the useful features of Wunderlist: “ Once we are sure we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into Microsoft To-Do, we will remove Wunderlist. While the name and icon may change, the team that brought it to Wunderlist continues. ”
Reber described what he would do if he recovered Wunderlist, including increasing its utility for businesses and making it free for consumers.
– Christian Reber (@christianreber) September 8, 2019  Maybe I'm outdated, but if I wanted to buy my product again, maybe I wouldn't say I would do my best to make it a viable competitor for the seller's new product. Anyway, Reber's tweet caught the attention of many who expressed their love for Wunderlist and supported their apparent offer.
Microsoft, for its part, is encouraging Wunderlist users to migrate to the new To Do. Your press release also specifically thanks to "our Wunderlist and To Do fans".