It has been four years since Microsoft scooped up Wunderlist, the popular cross platform to make the app. Although this software has so far been able to stay on the run and is still available, the introduction of Microsoft To-Do two years later had no native Mac app in sight of many users with a long time to add "Find a new task app" as a new task.
For those who have done with just iOS and web apps over the last couple of years, Microsoft To-Do has finally come to the Mac App Store. Overall, the free app is a credible port from Windows, although those who prefer the dark theme contained in that release will be disappointed to find it lacking here, and the Mac version does not now support Mojave's built-in dark mode.
Made for Mac
They are familiar with Microsoft To-Do know what to expect, but Wunderlist users will also feel at home. Today's tasks are presented in front of and in the middle of the My Day view, with smart lists for key (star) and Scheduled (due) tasks, which can be disabled or automatically hidden when empty via settings. Outlook users have the ability to view flagged emails as well, with a unified task view and custom user lists that take the rest of the sidebar to the left.
To-Do for Mac includes the same hand-filled color schemes and scenes available on other platforms that can be assigned to individual lists. Although a more bountiful palette would be welcome, the included scenes provide enough variety for everyone, but those with a large volume of to-do lists.
Make the list
Microsoft To-Do can be full of things that made Wunderlist a platform dressing, but the Mac app hasn't yet achieved feature parity yet. For example, it is currently not possible to duplicate a list, nor print or export data from this version. Wunderlist users can import data via the web app, but it took several attempts before we succeeded in doing so with our very sparse account.
On the plus side, synchronization was fast. Add new tasks to the My Day view in the Mac app, updated instantly in the web application (and vice versa), with only a brief delay on the iPhone X. Version 1.61 also syncs Microsoft Planner tasks, which were missing from previous Mac releases. When talking about integration, click Open in Outlook from flagged emails, unfortunately launch the web application, instead of the native Mac application.
There are a couple of good shortcuts baked into Microsoft To-Do. Although the user interface is already quite compact, the Command-2 window reduces to a "minified" view sans sidebar, while Command-1 restores everything to normal. Those who often use tags will love the pop-up menu when writing hashtags, so you can enter a single click with previous tags, or to see all tasks with the tag used on all lists.
Despite the lack of dark mode support and the fact that Microsoft To-Do may not be a substitute for Wunderlist city-function feature, the long-awaited Mac debut confirms the key features of our wish list.