Microsoft’s Project Cheshire Heads To Private Beta

Posted on November 8, 2016 by Brad Sams in Android, iOS, Microsoft Consumer Services, Mobile with 14 Comments


Microsoft is working on a new to-do style app that is currently called Project Cheshire. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because I got my hands on the app back in June and now the product is now part of a private beta.

Since its first unveiling, the app has been updated and has a bit more polish to it than what we saw previously. Also, there are iOS and Android apps and the Windows 10 desktop app is UWP too.

The app allows you to quickly set reminders and also offers up suggestions about what may be important to you as well in a simple interface. As you would expect, all items sync across the different iterations of the app.

What’s interesting about this app, aside from that fact that it is barebones and doesn’t really have any compelling feature, is that the company recently purchased Wunderlist. That app is another to-do style application that had 13 million active users, at the time of acquisition, and does the exact same thing as this application does but much more elegantly. Of course, this could be an early version of the next update to Wunderlist but why they would tear it down to rebuild it seems a bit foolish.

Posted below is a gallery of the new app but there is no word on when it will be released.

Thanks for the tip anon!

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    mebby Alpha Member #219 - 2 months ago

    I agree with Brad's assessment. I use Wunderlist now and like it. Though it has not seen many changes since Microsoft bought it.

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    the_zeni - 2 months ago

    What if... this app isn't actually about what we see (another todo list app, yay) but about some underlying technology?


    Seeing it is on multiple OS already even in this early stage of development, it is maybe about cross platform UWP Apps (powered by some of the Xamarin Technology) or something similar? Just some loud thinking, no actual source for this.

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    John Dunagan Alpha Member #1483 - 2 months ago

    I wish I knew what I wanted in a to-do app. But for me, now, it's like obscenity: I'll know a great to-do app when I see it.

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    djncanada Alpha Member #2026 - 2 months ago

    This is becoming insane.

    4 services/products from Microsoft 

    'project 2016


    MS Planner/Groups




    will Cheshire bring Wunderlist into the O365 fold or is MS starting another tool due many cooks in the kitchen


    office is under 1 team

    what team controls planner?

    is Project part of Office team?

    Wunderlist is out of Germany


    lots of silos..very bad for users

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      TheJoeFin Alpha Member #227 - 2 months ago
      In reply to djncanada:

      I want to believe that this is Microsoft's plan to unify their task trackers... but it continues to feel like a pipe dream

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    gregsedwards Alpha Member #1910 - 2 months ago

    I do love Wunderlist, but it's a bit of a Skype situation at the moment. There are these weird paid tiers for business users and groups that don't quite fit in with the Office 365 strategy. Plus, it definitely has its own style going on. It's one of those tools that you'd never know was owned by Microsoft. Maybe Cheshire is aiming to bring Wunderlist into the Office 365 fold, much as they've done with Skype Teams, now Microsoft Teams.

    I like the idea of using Cortana's NUI to set reminders, but I don't necessarily want my tasks split between her notebook, Wunderlist, and other tools I use. I seems weird to silo a task just because I use a specific app to create it.

    At Ignite, lots of people were asking about this kind of thing. Microsoft's response was that they were looking at ways to let the team use whatever task management tools they preferred, but also to let you as an individual drive your reminders to separate tools like Wunderlist or Cortana. Maybe Cheshire and tools like Flow are designed to deliver on that kind of functionality.

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    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 months ago

    Here's a list:

    1)  Clean up missing images in this article.

    2)  #firetheeditor.

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 months ago

      Well, that's one done.  ;)