Microsoft acquired the popular iOS app Wunderlist a few years ago with the intention of developing its own productivity list generation app that will allow a larger group of mobile consumers to take advantage of Wunderlist's best features . This is a similar path that Microsoft took with the email app Accompli, which later became Microsoft Outlook for mobile devices. In the case of Wunderlist, Microsoft not only renamed the app but also created a new one called "Microsoft To Do". The founder of Wunderlist, who has worked with To Do for years, wants to know if he can get it back.
According to the tweets, Reber says he's serious about getting Wunderlist back and that he wants it to be open source and free. He even tweeted a list of upgrades he wanted to create, including features such as shared folders and cross-team collaboration.
The founder is not aware that he has exactly sour grapes. He only says that he is sad that his plans for Wunderlist did not work out, but he is grateful for the Microsoft exit.
If anything, it seems only regret about the fact that Wunderlist itself is shut down.
Microsoft said years ago that this was his intention, but it would hold off until it felt like a competitive product Wunderlist has users who would love it.
On Monday, Microsoft introduced another upgrade to Microsoft To Do, suggesting that shutdown of the Wunderlist is approaching.
The upgrade offers a more elegant appearance with a wider range of backgrounds, including the Wunderlich TV Tower Theme.
The app also includes smart lists and a personalized daily planner that contains smart suggestions for tasks to do, Microsoft reminded its users of it, and it is available on a variety of platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows and Mac supported.
The app is now also integrated into other Microsoft apps such as Outlook, Microsoft Planner, Cortana and Microsoft Launcher on Android, among others. If you prefer, it works well with Alexa.
With the release, Microsoft again urges users to migrate from Wunderlist to To Do to gain access to these features.
However, there was no end to longevity for Wunderlist, which remains one of the top 100 productivity apps in the US App Store, according to App Annie, over four years after its acquisition.
We asked Microsoft if it provided more details about its plans for Wunderlist and if there was an answer to Reber's request.
"Once we've integrated the best of Wunderlist into Microsoft To Do, we'll withdraw Wunderlist. We look forward to making Microsoft To Do even more useful, intuitive and personal, "said a Microsoft spokesperson. The company declined to comment on Reber's tweets.
As far as Reber is concerned, he has already written several times to Microsoft and now tries to make it more official via Twitter. The offer, he says TechCrunch, is indeed serious, and the price would be based on the negotiation. "Chances are bad, but I'm trying," he says.