|Original author(s)||Christian Reber|
|Developer(s)||6 Wunderkinder GmbH (Microsoft Corporation)|
|Alexa rank||1,364 (February 2016[update])|
Wunderlist is a discontinued cloud-based task management application. It allows users to manage their tasks from a smartphone, tablet, computer and smartwatch. Wunderlist is free; additional collaboration features are available in a paid version known as Wunderlist Pro (released April 2013). Wunderlist was created in 2011 by Berlin-based startup 6Wunderkinder.
In April 2017, Microsoft announced that Wunderlist would eventually be discontinued in favor of Microsoft To Do, a new multi-platform app developed by the Wunderlist team that has direct integration with the company's Office 365 service.
On December 6, 2019, Microsoft announced that it would shut down Wunderlist on May 6, 2020. After this date, the application would no longer sync but users can still import their content into Microsoft To Do.
Wunderlist allows users to create lists to manage their tasks on many devices, mobile as well as desktop. These lists can be shared with other Wunderlist users. Through the "Detail View," users can add due dates (including repeating due dates), reminders, assignees, subtasks, comments, files and notes to tasks. Tasks can also be organized with #hashtags. The user adds lists to categorize tasks, and can place these lists in folders to organize their structure. Using a feature known as "Mail to Wunderlist", users can send or forward emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to add tasks to their Wunderlist accounts. With the company's browser and sharing extension known as "Add to Wunderlist", content from the Web can be added to Wunderlist from Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS and Android.
With Wunderlist Pro, several additional features can be used, including unlimited assigning, unlimited file upload size, and unlimited number of subtasks (the free version of Wunderlist allows 25 subtasks per task). Additionally, Pro users can choose from an additional 10 backgrounds.
Users can sign in and use Wunderlist in a web browser, with no download required. Wunderlist can also be downloaded for a number of devices, including Windows 7 and 8 computers, Mac computers, Android phones and tablets, iOS (iPhone and iPad, v 7.0 and later), Kindle Fire, Chromebook, and Windows Phone. In 2015 Microsoft released Wunderlist for Apple Watch devices.
In October 2014, Wunderlist announced its first integration, with cloud storage company Dropbox. Users could now access and link their Dropbox files to their Wunderlist tasks. Later that month, a Calendar Feed feature was released for Wunderlist, allowing a user's pending tasks to appear in other calendar services such as Google Calendar, Microsoft's Outlook Calendar, Apple's Calendar, Slack, and Sunrise Calendar.
Differences from competing applications
Wunderlist can export notes to the JSON file format, but cannot save as PDF or HTML. Notes can, however, be printed to PDF from the Wunderlist Web App by use of a virtual PDF printer or Google Chrome's "Save as PDF" feature.
Although right-to-left languages display correctly in Wunderlist's web browser application, the text is incorrectly justified to the left (as normal for left-to-right languages). Right-to-left language text in the Wunderlist iOS application, however, is correctly aligned to the right.
The Wunderlist website has no record of its release history, but this is planned for the future.
In 2009, Wunderlist's CEO Christian Reber called on the social network platform XING for business partners to create a new to-do app. Frank Thelen responded and together Reber and Thelen developed first concepts for Wunderlist. The necessary seed funding was granted by High-Tech Gründerfonds and e42 GmbH. The first version of Wunderlist was launched on November 9, 2010. Initially, the program was created for desktop PCs and platforms such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. In December 2011, the app received approval for the iPhone. Subsequently, the developers released a version prepared for the iPad with the name Wunderlist HD. In September 2012, the developers announced a shutdown of their service Wunderkit. Instead they wanted to focus on creating a new version of Wunderlist, which was later on released in December 2012 under the name Wunderlist 2. In September 2013, the company announced to have over 5 million users. In July 2014, a new major update was released under the name of Wunderlist 3, with a new real-time sync architecture. Wunderlist reached 10 million users in December 2014.
Following its acquisition of the app, Microsoft announced in April 2017 a preview of To-Do, a multi-platform task management app developed by the Wunderlist team that was intended to eventually replace Wunderlist and incorporate most of its features. As of January 2019, To-Do has not yet reached feature parity with Wunderlist, with its team citing that the service has to be completely re-written to use Microsoft Azure instead of Amazon Web Services.
Frustrated by the perceived lack of roadmap, in September 2019 Reber began to publicly ask Microsoft-related accounts on Twitter whether he could buy Wunderlist back. Shortly afterward, however, Microsoft unveiled updates to To Do that make it closer-resemble Wunderlist.
In December 2019, it was revealed that Microsoft would fully shut down Wunderlist as of May 6th, 2020.
In its initial round of funding, 100,000 euro was invested in 6Wunderkinder by Frank Thelen and others. In December 2010, High-Tech Gründerfonds invested 500,000 euro (approximately US$660,000) in the company. T-Venture also invested an undisclosed amount in the startup. In its Series A round of funding in November 2011, Atomico invested $4.2 million while High-Tech Gründerfonds invested an undisclosed additional amount. In May 2012, High-Tech Gründerfonds sold off its stake in 6Wunderkinder to Earlybird Venture Capital. In November 2013, $19 million was raised in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Earlybird and Atomico.
In 2014, Wunderlist won the "Golden Mi" award from Xiaomi, and also named as one of its Best Apps of 2014 was given a "Google Play Editor's Choice" award, and was named in Google Play's Best Apps of 2014 as well as Apple's Best of 2014.
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