Microsoft Continues To Enhance To-Do with new ‘Important’ List

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Brad Sams in Microsoft Consumer Services with 12 Comments

A few weeks back, I switched from Todoist to run Microsoft’s To-Do full time for my task-based needs. Since the company decided to start fixing the app and is making serious updates once again, I’m hopeful that in the near future it will match all of the functionality of Todoist but for free.

The latest feature to make its way to the app on iOS and desktop is a new ‘important’ task list that makes it easier to identify important tasks that need to be completed faster than other items on your list.

This feature is available for those running the desktop and iOS previews and rolled out a couple days ago. To mark a task as important, click the start at the end of the text field and it will be added it to the list.

This is a good addition for some but I also worry that this can create more noise than necessary. With this update, inside of To-Do, you now have three different lists “My Day”, “Important”, and “To-Do” but what I really want is one master list that shows everything from every list.

I know that some may need the important list and it’s fine to add this feature but for those of us who want one ‘master’ list of all of our items on our agenda for the week ahead, it still results in multiple clicks to find them inside the app; here’s to hoping we see a feature like this in the near future.

For now, Microsoft is continuing to update the app with more features which is a good thing for everyone who uses this product.

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Microsoft Continues To Enhance To-Do with new ‘Important’ List”

  1. mikemeltz

    I really would like the ability to send emails into a list (like todoist)!

  2. RM

    How about adding a way to set an alarm for a task?

  3. Trickyd

    Not sure this is worthy of your time Brad , Microsoft bought a pretty decent To-do product - Wunderlist and then killed it to replace with a new app with a small subset of the features - those that feature in many basic programming intro courses. Why not just rename Wunderlist if the name was the issue.

  4. will

    Still no Mac version...over a year later.

  5. gabbrunner

    I've been playing with to-do as my personal task list for more than a year now, to see when it was ready to use in my small business, instead of Planner. I've always been interested in it because of the excellent My Day workflow, which I find really productive. Basically you distil your large lists down to a small one each day, which you actually have a chance of completing. I find this great.

    With shared lists working well now, I have finally ditched Planner and implemented to-do, and everyone seems happy with it. Missing features for me are the ability to assign a task - and get notified once it's been completed - and desktop notifications, also mainly for assigned tasks. But it's getting there, isn't it?

  6. Vladimir Carli

    I am a long time Wunderlist user and I am beginning to test Microsoft todo because I am afraid that sooner or later wunderlist will shut down. What I am most concerned about is that Microsoft tries to lock us in their ecosystem making the app unusable. The most important area for me are the sharing capabilities. For now you can only share tasks with users within your organization, which is a huge limitation. If they don’t open this and make it possible to share with users who don’t have paid Microsoft subscriptions, it will be a disaster. We also need to be able to use multiple accounts, share lists between business and home users etc. Is there any news if this is going to happen or not? If not, it’s really not worth testing.


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