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Microsoft is trying to win over former Wunderlist app users by upgrading its To-Do app on all platforms. The To-Do app (iOS, Android, Windows) will look more like Wunderlist and perform better after some UI changes.

The company's lesser known To-Do web app got a redesign, making it look more like Outlook. Through the web app update, users get a Planned smart list feature that shows upcoming tasks for the next five days.

To-Do's mobile apps also got updates. On iOS, users can now move between lists by swiping. Users can tap the new yellow "Move" button to choose a new list. The "To-Do List" was also renamed "Tasks."

On Android, there's an undo feature if a task is accidentally deleted from a list. Mobile as a whole will see improved syncing and performance with shared lists.

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The updates are small compared to the addition of list sharing, steps for tasks, organization hashtags, and support inking within the app. It also begs the question why the updates weren't the same across the board.

In 2015, Microsoft bought Wunderlist and began preparing its list-loving users for an inevitable shut down. The company hoped to replace Wunderlist with the To-Do app, built by the Wunderlist team.

The app looks interesting, and fairly easy to use, but if you Google to-do apps, more than a dozen will generate. And Wunderlist is still available for download. There's not a lot of ways to "reinvent" a to-do list.

Remember the Milk (iOS, Android) or the Things app (MacOS, iOS) looks the same. If you're more of a traditionalist and prefer sticky notes, you might like the Google Keep app (Android, iOS, Windows). Google Home, Siri, and Alexa also track tasks.

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Takeaways

  1. Microsoft updated its To-do app across platforms, hoping to operate closer to Wunderlist.
  2. Updates include an undo feature on Android, a "move" button, and swiping on iOS. Mobile in general has better syncing and performance, while web got a total redesign.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.