Microsoft To-Do Task Management Connector Update
This task management connector update may be less wonky.
For task management, Microsoft’s To-Do connector for Business could pave the way toward something more robust but as a Wunderlist user forced to move from my comfy place, I’m uncomfortable.
What can To-Do do now that it didn’t before?
They have added actions that offer the ability to create a to-do list, to get a specific list or one with a given ID; to add, update or delete a task in your list(s), or to retrieve a list of the tasks from a specific list or from all lists.
Previously non-existent in this connector, triggers have also been added for when a new task is created or updated, or when one has been created or updated in a specific folder.
Why Task Management through Tech?
I’m not happy when I miss a deadline…any deadline. Mostly, I dislike looking foolish, so I rely heavily on tech for task management. You could argue that if that’s a problem I should just go back to paper and pencil. Fair point.
But that brings up a bunch of other issues. Where’s that paper with my list on it? I wrote a note-to-self during a meeting but now I don’t know what it means. Or, my personal nemesis: repeating tasks for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual to-dos.
You see? Not really an option.
In 2015 Microsoft bought Wunderlist from founder Christian Reber but retired it today in favor of its own task management app. As a Wunderlist user and fan, I’ll admit bias here.
While Microsoft did state in its blog that Wunderlist app was becoming more difficult to maintain over time, its replacement seems short-sighted. Microsoft already had a head start with the user-friendly interface for which Wunderlist was known. And it could have spent time restructuring the areas they felt needed adaptation to make it even better rebranding it as To-Do.
Even after Reber’s widely reported lament in tweet offering to buy the app back from Microsoft in late 2019, still today marks the ax of Wunderlist.
While the added actions and new triggers in the Microsoft To-Do (Business) connector make it possible that it will ultimately impress, right now I see To-Do as a rush to market. I’d rather have a piece of tech that’s killer from the start.
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