Microsoft Acquires Task-Managment App Wunderlist
Microsoft has confirmed through a blog post that the company has acquired the startup behind Wunderlist. In the blog post, Microsoft assures Wunderlist users that the app will stay free and that will continue to work with many third-party services. Microsoft does, however, mention their plans to add on to the app.
“Customers can expect the app to remain free in all of its existing markets. There will be no price changes for Wunderlist Pro or Wunderlist for Business customers, and the service will continue to support a wide range of third-party apps and integrated services.”
The company that created Wunderlist, 6wunderkinder, was bought by Microsoft for somewhere between $100 million and $200 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. The German startup 6wunderkinder was founded by a handful of friends back in 2010.
The app is now regarded as one of the must-have productivity apps. Wunderlist was even called “the best to-do list app” in a review by The Verge. It allows users to create lists that sync across devices. The service is available on every major operating system.
Wunderlist not only functions as a personal productivity app, but can also be used for team collaboration, as well. Since the lists in the app can be created and edited by multiple users, the productivity app can be used by a team of people to get things done.
6wunderkinder also published a blog post in response to the deal struck between the two companies.
“Over the next few months as Wunderlist becomes a part of the Microsoft family, we’ll introduce a host of new features, continue growing the ecosystem of partner integrations and progress in delivering Wunderlist to billions of people.”
Microsoft has recently been acquiring companies behind other popular apps. As the Next Web reports, earlier this year, Microsoft bought another popular app maker, Sunrise Atelier. Sunrise Atelier created the calendar app, Sunrise.
The latest acquisitions made by Microsoft highlight the company’s desire to increase its presence on mobile platforms. The technology giant is also working to better develop cloud-based applications.
It’s not clear how Microsoft will use its latest service. Wunderlist could be left as it sits, or rebranded under a different name. When Microsoft acquired Acompli, the service was renamed Microsoft Outlook.
“In the months to come, we’ll share what’s in store as we build on and apply Wunderlist’s innovations to Microsoft’s apps and services.”
We’ll just have to wait and see what exactly Microsoft plans on doing with the beloved productivity app.
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