Microsoft wants you to STOP using PASSWORDS, and this is why

Gwen Vasquez
April 20, 2017

Your Outlook Tasks will sync with To-Do, so you can access and manage them across your devices. The company plans to integrate with more services, and once the preview period is well underway, Wunderlist will be retired. To-Do is basically Microsoft's replacement of the Wunderlist task management app that they acquired back in 2015, so if you liked Wunderlist then there might be features in To-Do that could appeal to you as well. The company plans to sunset Wunderlist when it feels the new To-Do app has the best features from that older app, but there are no specifics on when that will actually happen. The app does this with the My Day feature, which gives you a fresh list of stuff to do every day. However, you can also tap on the light bulb icon to show tasks left undone, as well as suggestions on what has yet to be done. "It's an interesting, clever twist on the classic 'Today" list in other task management apps, allowing you to plan your work with intention and goal each day.

More importantly - to Microsoft, at least - is that To-Do has been built to integrate with Microsoft Office. Microsoft says it comes with "advanced security" and the data is encrypted in transit and at rest.

The feature is available for Authenticator on iOS and Android, but not Windows 10 Mobile.

If a user misplaces, loses, or has changed their device, they can choose to log in with their password on the confirmation page, Simons says.

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As one could surely imagine, this new To-Do application has been designed by the 6Wunderkinder team - the creators of the original Wunderlist platform.

If, for any reason, users don't have access to their phone at the crucial moment then there are fallback options, but using the phone as a login device is one of the simplest and most effective solutions to the growing problem of the post-password era.

Microsoft's Alex Simons announced the app update via an official blog post. And they noted that support for Work accounts would arrive on To-Do on the web in the coming weeks, and gave the timeframe towards the iPad app as the "coming months".

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