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Microsoft has released a completely new to-do application. Do the old users of the Magic List stick to it?

via:博客园     time:2019/9/11 18:44:17     readed:1684

Christian Reber, the founder of "Magic List" the other day, solemnly offered to Microsoft on Twitter to buy back his work and received a lot of responses from older users. It was not known whether it was coincidence or pressure. Microsoft released a new version of Microsoft To-Do (hereinafter referred to as To-Do) yesterday.


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The new version of To-Do shows a full desire to survive, as the official promotional film says "We took the best of what you love", introducing a lot of wonderful list features, in order to make old users "feel at home." The implication is, "I've lived to be the son of your favorite wonderful list, and stop using the guy who will never be updated again."

At present, to-Do versions of Windows 10, iOS, Android, MacOS and Web have been updated to the latest version.

Task List Customization Background


From the interface point of view, To-Do changed the previous version of the rough, whether it is the button, font or color are much more exquisite, and support for different task lists to set different backgrounds, click on the upper right corner of the task list. "

"my day."

Of course, as an app, appearance is important, but the focus depends on whether it works. To-Do 's task management revolves around the "my Day" task list, which is equivalent to the "smart list" in the wonderful list.


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"My Day" is initially presented as a blank day. You can add all the things you need to accomplish that day to the list. I don't know what to do today. Click on the bulb button in the upper right corner, the system will give suggestions based on the information of the task you completed the day before yesterday, the to-do list and so on. Click on the plus sign after the task to add it to the plan for the day.

One trick: Task lists start with Emoji when they are named, and the icons of the lists become emoji.

In fact, in August this year, To-Do has been a major update, filling in a number of previously missing functions, such as subtasks, list grouping, and so on.

Sub task


To-Do on the left and Fantastic List on the right

"Sub-task" is one of the important functions that the original To-Do lacks compared with the wonderful list. In To-Do, this function is called "step". When you open the task details, you can disassemble the steps on demand. It can be seen that today's To-Do has almost the same interface as the wonderful list.

List folder grouping


After clicking on the button in the lower right corner of the left taskbar to establish the grouping, you can group the list by dragging and dropping, or you can enter the list and click on the upper right corner. "


Synchronized Markup Mail

To-Do synchronizes marked messages for Outlook, which is turned off by default and needs to be turned on manually: click on the top user profile image on the task list


However, this feature serves as a reminder, and the content of the mail still needs to be skipped to Outlook.

Wonderful List Enters Countdown

In less than two major updates in a month, Microsoft's emphasis on To-Do is evident, and to-Do functionality is getting better and better, which also means that the magic list is getting closer and closer to leaving the stage of history.

Microsoft purchased a fantastic list in 2015 for between $100 million and $200 million, and founder Raeber joined Microsoft and continued to lead the application team. However, like many small teams acquired by big companies, Wonderful List can not escape the fate of being "assimilated" or even played badly. Two years later, the original To-Do developed by the Wonderful List team for Microsoft came out. According to the plan, this application will gradually replace Wonderful List, and Microsoft will provide migration channels for old users. 。


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However, To-Do has been criticized since it came on the shelf. Many users complain that the new apps are far less useful than the fantastic list. In September of the same year, Reeber's departure from Microsoft also seemed to imply that the ideas of both sides were inconsistent. Last March, he explained on Twitter why the integration of the two applications was slow: Amazon's cloud service, AWS, was originally used in the Magic List and needed to be migrated to Azure after being acquired by Microsoft. "Everything needs to be rewritten (including integration into Exchange/Office), which is so time-consuming that both are delayed." Can be integrated.

In addition, many old users of the wonderful list are reluctant to migrate because of the bad experience of To-Do. The development progress is slow and users do not support it. The result is that the wonderful list has not been updated, the old users are lost, and To-Do has become semi-finished products and new users can not be retained. But Microsoft has said that once the To-Do functionality is developed, the magic list will stop servicing.


Reeber offered Microsoft a fantastic list of repurchases on Twitter

Although Microsoft did not give a specific time to close the magic list, Reeber apparently did not want this to happen. He said buying back his software was "a serious proposal" and listed development plans, including open source software, making software lighter, stronger APIs, and adding cross-team collaboration capabilities.

However, it's much harder for Reeber to get the list back into his hands than it was when he sold it. Although his comments give older users a glimmer of light, Microsoft's intention to replace the list with To-Do is clear from the fact that Microsoft released to-do updates immediately after his comments.


Overall, to-Do has been better at "inheriting" the benefits of the Magic List after several updates. The appearance of the new design is also impressive. The start-up and synchronization speed of mobile and computer versions are also satisfactory (I personally think the synchronization speed is much faster than Apple's own iCloud). If you are a loyal user of the Magic List, Consider moving.

You asked me how to import a fantastic list? Believe me, no matter you open the fantastic list or To-Do, you'll definitely see the migration hints, and you don't have to bother looking for them at all.

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