What you need to know
- Microsoft To-Do on all platforms now supports assigning tasks.
- iOS is the first platform to get the feature on a non-beta build of Microsoft To-Do.
- The update is rolling out to all platforms this week.
Updated July 29, 2019: It appears the iOS update was just a sign of things to come. Microsoft says the ability to assign tasks is rolling out to all platforms this week. The original story follows.
Microsoft To-Do on iOS now supports assigning tasks to users. The beta version of Microsoft To-Do for Android already supports assigning tasks, but iOS is the first platform to see the feature on a general public release.
The option to assign tasks shows up when you tap a to-do list item within a shared list. You can assign tasks to anyone on the shared list that the task appears in. The full changelog of the update (opens in new tab) summarizes the feature and mentions another fix that rolled out in the same update.
- Want to delegate like a pro? Introducing assignments – share a list of all those tasks you want to get off your plate and start assigning them to your colleagues, friends, family, neighbors... you get the idea. Tap on the detail view of a task in a shared list to see the option to assign it to someone who is in that list.
- We also fixed an issue that removed formatting from HTML formatted notes if you edited something else within the task, like adding a due date or checking it off."
Assigning tasks is a large step forward in bringing Microsoft To-Do to feature parity with Wunderlist, the spiritual predecessor to Microsoft To-Do.
Microsoft To-Do syncs your tasks and lists across all of your devices, including devices running Windows 10, iOS, Android, and Mac. It supports file attachments, sharing tasks and lists, and has a clean interface.
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This comment is directed towards Microsoft not Windows Central so excuse my annoying tone. It's great they want to release these updates that are basic and we've been asking for since the first release, but until you develop it enough to make it useful why even release it? When tasks are assigned no one even gets a notification to let them know they were assigned a task AND no one gets a notification task when said person completes your assigned task. 🙃
It was useful for me before it had this feature. Not every feature is "basic." Not saying this isn't a useful feature if you are using this with others, but yeah those points you mentioned would be nice for collaboration.
I agree those would be nice, but I don't think of ToDo as an enterprise management tool. This is an around the family thing. If you need to do this in a 'Organization', MS has tools for that, that do what you ask.
Actually ToDo is the enterprise solution. It integrates with Exchange and Planner as well.
I agree with Cody Patterson, those are basic. I'm no software developer so I can't say if it's best to delay the implementation of a new feature before it's gotten all the basics down, but notifications for tasks in a collaborative environment is really, really basic.
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