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June 2, 2015

Microsoft Buys Maker of To-Do List App Wunderlist

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Microsoft has snapped up the start-up behind to-do list app Wunderlist as the company looks to grow its mobile offerings.

The software giant is reportedly shelling out as much as $200 million for German firm 6Wunderkinder GmbH, which is best known for its iOS and Android app Wunderlist, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Wunderlist founder and CEO Christian Reber said he and his team are ecstatic to be joining Microsoft.

“Thank you to Microsoft. We are beyond thrilled to be continuing our journey with you,” Reber said in a blog post.

Wunderlist, Microsoft“Seeing Wunderlist grow to what it is today – 13+ million users, who have collectively created more than 1 billion to-dos – blows my mind. Yet, it’s only the beginning. Our aspirations are much bigger. Joining Microsoft gives us access to a massive wealth of expertise, technology and people that a small company like us could only dream of amassing on its own.”

The company will not move from its Berlin headquarters, but will report to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash. So it will be business as usual, both for the company and the users of its app.

Wunderlist redesigned its iOS and Android apps in March to add features requested by users such as ‘folders’ and ‘quick add.’

But Reber said more changes are on the way.

“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,” he said. “We are excited and can’t wait to share with you what we have been working on–watch this space.”

Microsoft has been on a bit of a buying spree, of late.

News of the 6Wunderkinder GmbH acquisition comes on the heels Microsoft acquiring calendar app Sunrise for more than $100 million in February. Interestingly, Wunderlist recently announced its integration with Sunrise.

The Redmond software giant also intends to continue to have Sunrise operate independently but will use its technology for future Microsoft products, sources told the publication.

Microsoft did the same thing with mobile e-mail firm Acompli last December. It purchased the firm for its technology and talent but also allowed the start-up’s services to continue.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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