Over this year, Microsoft To-Do task management application has come a long way. Just a year ago the company was lamenting the difficulties of folding Wunderlist features into the service. Since then, numerous improvements have been made. The latest ability will also be of benefit to Outlook users.
Microsoft's mail and calendar apps are getting a new integration with To-Do. On the latest Insider builds, Microsoft is testing a To-Do shortcut located on the left panel of Outlook.
In the Outlook Mail app, the button sits next to the shortcuts for Calendar, People, and Settings. This integration is hardly a surprise as Microsoft recently allowed To-Do to sync directly with Outlook.
The new shortcut is available in Outlook Mail and Calendar from version 16005.11001.20041.0 and newer. It is still a preview at the moment, so you will need to be on the Windows Insider program. The test is available on the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead branches.
As mentioned, To-Do has been scoring plenty of updates this year. Among the features Microsoft has added this year are Hashtag support, recurring tasks on iOS to Shared Lists and a Star Rating system. The result is Microsoft To-Do becoming increasingly useful.
Microsoft To-Do started life as Project Cheshire and became the replacement for Wunderlist, a service Microsoft acquired in 2015. The company was more interested in Wunderlist's features than the platform itself.
However, the company later stressed the difficulty of transitioning Wunderlist into To-Do. We expect the transition of Wunderlist features to continue, making To-Do an even more compelling option for task managing.
As for Outlook, other big changes are coming to the email client, including an updated Dark Mode.