While Microsoft maintains a good footing in the productivity apps domain following its acquisition of Wunderlist in June of last year, the company does not seem to be resting on its laurels yet. A new report from Thurrott highlights the software giant has been busy working on a new to-do list app codenamed 'Project Cheshire'. According to the report, the new productivity app from Microsoft has now entered private beta, which means a full-fledged version is inching near to a release.
There is little information about the app at the moment, save for the expected fact that it is supposed to let users create lists of tasks or items that can be marked off once completed. You can also supposedly set reminders and sync your lists across multiple platforms using the app. The app offers the option to add a theme to your list with a simple color picker and banner images. But what makes Project Cheshire interesting, is its ability to suggest tasks for your list. To compare, Wunderlist allows users to share files, assign tasks to individuals, discuss items with contacts and publish lists online.
Project Cheshire was spotted in the wild more than six months ago. Since then, the app seems to have gone though a slight makeover including the addition of new features and enhancements to the user interface on Windows 10. The app’s rather simple design is what Microsoft believes to be Project Cheshire’s appealing factor. Project Cheshire is reportedly set to arrive on the iOS and Android platforms soon, though it is not clear when the full launch will take place. On the Windows App Store, where the app has already gone live, the Redmond giant bills the to-do list tool as an “incredibly focused, to-do app that helps you get things done.”
Although the app is not complete yet, it looks like Microsoft is putting more emphasis on fine-tuning the beta version to make the software as easy to use as possible when the full version rolls out. It remains unclear, however, whether Microsoft plans to keep Project Cheshire alongside Wunderlist or whether they plan to replace the existing to-do list app altogether. You can see a few images which are reportedly of the new app in the gallery below.