Microsoft, the company, may need no introduction. It is the American software giant whose Windows operating system powers most of the personal computers in the world.
The first version of Microsoft To Do (opens in new tab) was launched (as a preview) in April 2017. It wasn’t until two years later that Microsoft debuted the full version of the app. The interface of the To Do app is very similar to Wunderlist, a to-do list app that Microsoft bought in 2015.
Many people around the world say positive things about the To Do app (opens in new tab)† We decided to try it out and confirm for ourselves if it really is as good as they said.
Microsoft To Do: Subscriptions and Pricing
The main advantage of the To Do app over its rivals is that it is completely free. You don’t pay a cent to use the app, so consider it a favor from Microsoft. The company makes enough money licensing software and selling hardware and can therefore afford to give away a lot of software for free.
Microsoft To Do: Features
To use the To Do app, the first requirement is a Microsoft account that includes all the services the company offers. There are 1.4 billion (opens in new tab) Windows users around the world, and you will likely have a Microsoft account if you are one of these users. If not, it’s easy to make your own. Just go to the URL account.Microsoft.com and you can find out the rest.
When launching To Do, the first feature you should notice is adding tasks. Look for the Add a task button and click it to enter a task. After you add a task, you can set a due date for it, categorize it by importance, or add a comment. Likewise, you can set a reminder so that the app sounds an alarm on your device when it’s due
You can sort the tasks you’ve created by specific factors, including due date, creation date, importance, or alphabetically. This feature is useful for people who have many tasks and would find it difficult to search them individually.
The To Do app’s sorting feature is useful for organizing tasks, but not as good as a grouping feature, which the app doesn’t have. For example on Todoist (opens in new tab)A popular to-do list app, you can group multiple tasks under one umbrella to help you stay focused.
The To Do app supports collaboration (opens in new tab) to a certain extent. You can invite people to join a to-do list via an invitation email or direct link. But they must have a Microsoft account to access it. There is no display-only mode on To Do, which we consider a drawback.
While Microsoft has promised to integrate the To Do app with its other apps, it hasn’t delivered much. The best thing to do right now is to flag an email in Microsoft Outlook (opens in new tab) to make it appear as a task in the To Do app. The app has limited third-party integration, which we consider a drawback.
Microsoft To Do: Interface and Use
The To Do app has a minimal, uncluttered interface. There isn’t much you can do with the app other than creating and sorting tasks, so you shouldn’t have a problem figuring it out.
Microsoft To Do: Support
If you’re having trouble with the To Do app, the first place to refer is the FAQ page, which contains solutions to common problems. This page is easily accessible through the web interface or desktop or mobile app.
You may not be satisfied with the information on the FAQ page. In such case, you can contact Microsoft support team directly via live chat.
Microsoft To Do: The Competition
There are tons of task management apps that rival To Do. They include popular ones like Todoist and TickTick (opens in new tab)† To Do doesn’t have as many task management features as you’ll see in these competing apps. But it is completely free while the rivals are freemium or strictly paid apps.
Microsoft To Do: Final Verdict
If you need a simple task management app that won’t cost you a dime, To Do is a perfect choice. But you won’t enjoy as many features as you would in a full-fledged task manager app.
We think To Do is best for managing personal schedules. It does not have suitable functions for business task management and team collaboration.
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