Microsoft plans to eventually retire Wunderlist in favor of To-Do

Wunderlist on Windows Phone
Wunderlist on Windows Phone (Image credit: Windows Central)

In the wake of the preview launch of its new To-Do app, Microsoft has announced plans to eventually say goodbye to Wunderlist. There's no firm timeline involved, but as development on To-Do moves forward and it absorbs the best of Wunderlist, Microsoft says Wunderlist will be retired.

In its blog post announcing the To-Do Preview, Microsoft says:

Today's To-Do Preview would not have been possible without the support and input of Wunderlist fans over the last six years. In the coming months, we'll bring more of the favorite elements of Wunderlist into the To-Do experience, adding features such as list sharing, apps for Mac, iPad and Android tablet, as well as additional integrations with other Microsoft services. Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist. While the name and icon may change, the team that brought you Wunderlist continues on. We look forward to making To-Do even more useful, intuitive and personal.

Microsoft acquired Wunderlist and its developer 6Wunderkinder in mid-2015, reportedly paying somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million to $200 million. While Wunderlist later released a Windows 10 app, it was unclear what Microsoft might choose to do once word surface that it had begun work on its own To-Do list app, known as Project Cheshire at the time.

Though the move to retire Wunderlist might ruffle some feathers in the short term, it's good to see Microsoft is taking its time to make sure the best aspects of Wunderlist make their way to To-Do before that happens. For now, you can continue to use Wunderlist or check out Microsoft To-Do by grabbing both at the Windows Store.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl