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Microsoft Finalizes Project Cheshire With Launch of To-Do App

To-Do is a cross-platform app that allows users to notes take and manage tasks. It has been in development as Project Cheshire and raises questions about the future of Microsoft-owned Wunderlist.


We have been following the progress of 's Project Cheshire application since last year. The note-taking/reminder application is finally available as a full version. Microsoft has today quietly rolled it out across mobile platforms. In the process, the app has ditched the Project Cheshire codename and is simply known as .

Back in November, Microsoft brought Project Cheshire to private beta. In October, the app had appeared in the Windows Store. However, it was a dummy test app that said, ‘coming soon' when opened.

At the time, I wrote that Project Cheshire did not seem to have any compelling features. In other words, it is just another note-taking and task management application. That said, Microsoft's Cortana page leaked a feature that integrates the virtual assistant with To-Do.

The page was removed, but adding Cortana integration could mean the app has more substance than frist thought. Either way, Cortana integration is not part of To-Do at launch. Instead, we get some basic task management features such as the ability to create reminders and have notes sync across devices.

version of To-Do

Interestingly, there is a hint that Microsoft is favouring Android and iOS through the launch of To-Do. The Windows 10 Mobile app is still listed as Project Cheshire, which suggests it is still in testing. Android and iOS listings have the proper To-Do name and show the app UI in full (above).

Of course, it is normal for Microsoft to give preference to rival platforms over , but it still irks us when it happens.


The creation of Project Cheshire raises questions about . Microsoft acquired the task management service in June 2015. At the time, Wunderlist had 13 million users and was growing, but it has since declined and Microsoft has done little to boost it.

If To-Do is the way forward, especially with Cortana along for the ride in the future, perhaps Microsoft will decide to discard Wunderlist?

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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