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article imageMicrosoft has bought popular to-do list app Wunderlist

By James Walker     Jun 2, 2015 in Technology
Microsoft has announced that it has bought the immensely popular productivity app Wunderlist. The acclaimed app allows users to create synchronised to-do lists with reminders and due dates and then share lists with friends, family and co-workers.
Microsoft confirmed the news, rumoured for a couple of days, on the official company blog today. The team at 6Wunderkinder, the German developers behind Wunderlist, will be welcomed into the Microsoft ecosystem and Wunderlist's innovation applied to existing Microsoft apps.
6Wunderkinder founder and CEO Christian Reben also wrote of the news on the Wunderkinder blog, calling the merge with Microsoft as a "momentous day" for the Wunderlist family. He explains that joining Microsoft will ultimately lead to a better Wunderlist owing to the access to "a massive wealth of expertise, technology and people" afforded by the Redmond software giant.
Wunderlist now has over 13 million users who have created over one billion to-do notes between them in the time of the app's existence. Microsoft has confirmed the app will remain as a free product and that there will be no price changes for Wunderlist Pro or Business.
The app is the latest productivity-focused acquisition that Microsoft has made in recent times alongside calendar provider Sunrise and email client Acompli which is already being integrated into Microsoft's own Outlook service. It is easy to see how Wunderlist is an attractive acquisition to Microsoft.
The app could be made to integrate very well with the company's own existing products such as OneNote which already allows for the creation of to-do lists but in a less immersive experience than Wunderlist. The two combined could create a very powerful note-taking and organisational offering to combat the likes of Evernote with, reinforcing Microsoft's presence in the productivity market that it used to undeniably dominate with its Office suite of desktop programs.
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