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Microsoft Gives Wunderlist an End Date

Microsoft set an official date for shutting down Wunderlist -- May 6, 2020.

The announcement presumably brings to a close the drama surrounding the task list app and service, which Microsoft acquired in 2015.

Christian Reber, who as CEO of 6Wunderkinder sold the app to Microsoft, created a stir in September when he Tweeted at Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and another Microsoft executive about his interest in buying back Wunderlist.

An ax has been hanging over Wunderlist since Microsoft released a preview of the Microsoft To-Do Office 365 application in April 2017. At the time Microsoft said the eventual plan was to retire Wunderlist.

According to a FAQ accompanying the announcement blog on Monday, Wunderlist is not currently accepting new user registrations. After May 6, users will no longer be able to update or edit their lists or tasks. Microsoft provided links in the FAQ to resources for exporting the account or importing lists into Microsoft To Do.

As for why it will discontinue Wunderlist three years after the initial announcement and five years after the acquisition, Microsoft's blog stated that the app is becoming more difficult to maintain as it ages, and that the company is confident that the recent updates to Microsoft To Do make the app a worthy replacement for Wunderlist.

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 10, 2019


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