On Wunderlist Shutting Down

From an Email from Wunderlist:

Wunderlist goes away on May 6th, 2020

We have some important news for you. Wunderlist is shutting down on May 6th, 2020. We hope that our new app, Microsoft To Do, will become the new home for all your lists and tasks. It’s built by the Wunderlist team and available for free on Android , iOS , Windows , Mac and web.

We know it’s hard to pack up and move, but we want to let you know that we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Microsoft To Do makes you feel like home. We will be with you every step of the way.

You may have questions about why we’re doing this and what it means for you. After May 6th, your to-dos will no longer sync but you’ll still be able to import your lists, tasks and other content into To Do. We are no longer accepting new Wunderlist sign-ups. Take a look at our blog post for more answers to all your important questions.

From Wunderlist’s Blog:

We’ve been working tirelessly to ensure our new app, Microsoft To Do, feels like a new home for your lists. We want you to be able to start planning your day and checking off those to-dos as soon as you hit that import button. Your favorite features are all in To Do – features like list groups (folders), steps (subtasks), file attachments, and sharing and task assignments. We held ourselves to a high design standard on Wunderlist, and To Do is no different. In fact, we have even more background options in To Do, so now you can color code each list to keep work separate from home.

This brings us to our important news.

When we first announced Microsoft To Do, we also announced that Wunderlist would eventually retire. We planned this so we could concentrate on building a more integrated and secure app that helps you get stuff done in a smarter way.

It’s time to let you know that on May 6th, 2020, we plan to shut down Wunderlist.

Why are we doing this now? We’ve stopped releasing new features and big updates to Wunderlist, so as the app ages it’s become more difficult to maintain. As technology continues to advance, we can’t guarantee that Wunderlist will continue to work as it should, or as we’d like it to. With all our latest updates, we’re confident in To Do being the best alternative for Wunderlist now and so we believe it’s the right time to make the next move. Now, we want to dedicate all our time to growing that cross-suite experience that transforms how you achieve your goals and dreams.

After May 6th, your to-dos will no longer sync. For a period of time, you’ll still be able to import your lists into To Do. Starting today, we will no longer accept new Wunderlist sign-ups.

We know this is a lot to take in, so have a look at our FAQs for more answers to all your important questions.

Queue up the sad trumpet song as one of the best lightweight task managers bites the dust. I used Wunderlist years back and loved it, but as I got more and more into GTD I moved to more complex apps out there. Still, I was happy Wunderlist was an option for others and recommended it countless times to friends and families.

I have to say, the video they made about moving from Wunderlist to To Do seems like a fever dream from an abstract minimalist. It was honestly unsettling to watch, or even understand the point of it.

I have not used Microsoft’s To Do, so I can’t say if it is a 1:1 comparison to Wunderlist; even if it was though, I’m not about it being a Microsoft application, and I can only imagine the whimsey and fun that app had is either gone entirely or greatly diminished.

Jeff Perry @JeffPerry