Wunderlist's founder wants to buy the app back from Microsoft
It's been over four years since Microsoft acquired Wunderlist, and now Wunderlist's founder wants to buy it back.
What you need to know
- Wunderlist's founder wants to purchase the app back from Microsoft.
- Microsoft acquired Wunderlist and has progressively rolled its features into Microsoft To Do.
- Wunderlist will eventually be shut down once Microsoft ports all of its features to Microsoft To Do.
Wunderlist's founder, Christian Reber, wants to purchase Wunderlist back from Microsoft before the app is shut down (via The Verge). Reber tweeted his hope to buy the app back over the weekend and mentioned both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft General Manager for Tasks Marcus Ash. Microsoft acquired Wunderlist in 2015 and the app is set to be shut down once its features are ported to Microsoft To Do. Reber wants to keep Wunderlist running and expressed his sadness that the app is being shut down.
Wunderlist was reportedly purchased for between $100 to $200 million in 2015 and Microsoft has gradually ported its features over to Microsoft To Do. The process has taken years as Wunderlist's APIs are powered by Amazon Web Services. Microsoft chose to rewrite code and move everything over to its own cloud, Azure.
Still sad @Microsoft wants to shut down @Wunderlist, even though people still love and use it. I'm serious @satyanadella @marcusash, please let me buy it back. Keep the team and focus on @MicrosoftToDo, and no one will be angry for not shutting down @Wunderlist. pic.twitter.com/27mIABncLFStill sad @Microsoft wants to shut down @Wunderlist, even though people still love and use it. I'm serious @satyanadella @marcusash, please let me buy it back. Keep the team and focus on @MicrosoftToDo, and no one will be angry for not shutting down @Wunderlist. pic.twitter.com/27mIABncLF— Christian Reber (@christianreber) September 6, 2019September 6, 2019
Wunderlist is still a highly-rated productivity app, and some users prefer it over Microsoft To Do. Microsoft has improved Microsoft To Do significantly since its launch, but it still falls behind Wunderlist in some categories.
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