Late yesterday, the Financial Times reported that SwiftKey was in talks with Microsoft about a potential acquisition that could be officially announced during the week. The report was right and this morning both Microsoft and SwiftKey have made the news official on their respective blogs.
The financial details of the acquisition weren't disclosed, but yesterday's report mentioned a $250 Million figure — or about a quarter Instagram if you want. The rest of the deal's terms aren't perfectly transparent either, but SwiftKey's co-founders Jon and Ben made it clear that the keyboard will continue to be developed for Android and iOS.
Our number one focus has always been to build the best possible products for our users.
Getting bought by Microsoft hasn't hindered the productive folks over at Wunderlist. They're now ready to roll out an update to their Android app with a revamped interface that finally looks good enough to deserve a Material Design adjective. Its previous update had claimed that, but it was actually the bastard child of some iOS and Android design elements. This one, on the contrary, does away with the clunky design, reduces a few shadows, flattens a couple of boxes, cleans some icons, and generally looks shiny, in a faded pastel kind of way.
The update isn't just superficial though. It adds a shortcut to create new tasks from the notification bar and a Quick-Add function to send tasks to their lists and assign dates to them (type "tomorrow at 9am" and Wunderlist will schedule your task for that time). Read More
Microsoft wants a home on your mobile devices, even if they're running Android. Just look at what it's up to these days. It's bringing more Office apps to the Play Store. It's signing deals with OEMs left and right. It's bringing Cortana our way. In the past year, it has purchased Accompli and Sunrise Calendar. Now it's buying Wunderlist.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has agreed to pay between $100 million and $200 million for 6Wunderkinder, the German company behind the to-do list app. Read More
From now on, you can add Wunderlist to the myriad services available for integration in Sunrise Calendar. Any tasks that have a date associated with them will appear alongside any other all-day events in your calendar. This is in line with Sunrise's philosophy that they "always pair what you need to do with a time when you’ll be doing it."
Once you have connected Wunderlist, it will work just as described. If you have completed a task, it will still be there, but with a checkmark. Here's an example from my calendar, where I had a task for paying my credit card bill. Read More
Task management isn't usually meant to be enjoyable, but that doesn't mean it can't be elegant. That's the thought behind Wunderlist's latest version that brings the app up to speed with Lollipop — well, slightly — with some added functionality to boot.
The app has received a major update on all of its supported platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, Chrome, Mac) to include list folder support. That should help you clean your sidebar, group similar lists together, and keep the ones that matter the most out in plain view.
The second change, and the most relevant for us here, is the redesign of the Android app. Obviously, there's a FAB, because what would Material be without a FAB? When tapped, it triggers a beautiful animation that divides it into two buttons for adding a new task or a new list. Read More
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Wunderlist now has another nice feature under its belt. The company behind the popular to-do list manager has announced the addition of Dropbox integration. Users can utilize this to attach files of any size or type to their Wunderlists.
To access the feature, click on the Dropbox icon under the detail view and select the file you wish you want to add. The file will then sync across your devices with Wunderlist installed and those running Dropbox, just as you would expect.
The company says that Dropbox is just the first of many services it intends to integrate its service with in the future, but it hasn't detailed which ones are next on the list. Read More
While Astrid may be one of the leading to-do lists on Android, there is a considerable amount of innovation to be done in the world of keeping track of things that need doing. Apparently! Enter Wunderlist, an app that Matt liked well enough, but couldn't quite manage to make him keep coming back. Perhaps today's update will change his mind, though, as it brings a host of new features such as improvements to the UI, push notifications, Smart lists, and a better widget.
The previous iteration of this app had a nice-looking wooden background but, that aside, it still used the old Gingerbread-style tabs to switch sections. Read More