Microsoft, the company, may not need an introduction. It’s the US software giant whose Windows operating system powers most of the world’s personal computers.
The first version of Microsoft To Do. (opens in new tab) was launched (as a preview) in April 2017. It was not until two years later that Microsoft debuted the full version of the app. The to-do app interface is very similar to Wunderlist, a to-do list app that Microsoft acquired in 2015.
Many people around the world say positive things about the To Do app (opens in new tab). We decided to check it out and confirm even though it really is as good as they said.
Microsoft To Do: Plans and Pricing
The main advantage of the To Do app over its rivals is that it is completely free. You do not pay a dime to use the app, so take it as a service from Microsoft. The company makes enough money from 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. It is 1.4 billion (opens in new tab) Windows users worldwide, and you’ll probably have a Microsoft account if you’re one of those users. If not, it’s easy to make yourself. Just go to the URL account.Microsoft.com and you can find out the rest.
When you start 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 adding a task, you can set a due date for it, categorize it by importance, or add a comment. Similarly, you can set a reminder so that the app will sound an alarm on your device when it is waiting
You can sort the tasks you have created by specific factors, including due date, creation date, importance, or alphabetically. This feature is useful for people who have many tasks and who will find it difficult to review them individually.
The To Do app’s sorting function is useful for organizing tasks, but not as good as a grouping function, which the app lacks. 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 any to-do list via an invitation email or a direct link. But they must have a Microsoft account to access it. There is no viewing mode on To Do, which we consider a disadvantage.
Although Microsoft has promised to integrate the To Do app with its other apps, it has not delivered much. The best thing you can do now is 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 disadvantage.
Microsoft To Do: Interface and Usage
The To Do app has a minimal, neat interface. There is not much you can do with the app other than create and sort tasks, so you should have no trouble figuring it out.
Microsoft To Do: Support
If you encounter any challenges with the To Do app, the first place to consult is the FAQ page, which provides solutions to common problems. This page is easily accessible on the web interface or the desktop or mobile app.
You may not be happy with the information on the FAQ page. In that case, you can contact Microsoft’s support team directly via live chat.
Microsoft To Do: The Competition
There are countless task management apps that compete with To Do. They include popular ones like Todoist and TickTick (opens in new tab). To Do does not have as many task management features as you would see in these competing apps. But it’s completely free, while rivals are freemium or strictly paid apps.
Microsoft To Do: Final Judgment
If you need a simple task management app that you do not have to pay a dime for, To Do is a perfect choice. But you will not enjoy as many features as you get in a full-fledged task management app.
We believe To Do is best for managing personal schedules. It does not have suitable functions for task administration and team collaboration.
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