That's Wunderful

“Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire 6Wunderkinder GmbH, a Berlin-based startup behind the Wunderlist to-do list app, for between $100 million and $200 million,” writes Amir Mizroch for The Wall Street Journal. The popular to-do app is just one more mobile application acquisition made of late by Microsoft, having already purchased the email app Acompli (now rebranded as Outlook) and calendar app Sunrise, each as equally well regarded in their respective categories as Wunderlist is in the to-do category. According to the WSJ, the trio of acquisitions “point to an integration of Microsoft productivity tools, with an emphasis on mobile apps,” though neither Microsoft or 6Wunderkinder GmbH have released any information on their plans post-acquistion.

+ Interestingly and perhaps tellingly, Wunderlist integration within the Sunrise calendar app was announced less than two weeks ago, allowing users of both apps to view and create new lists inside Sunrise.

+ Full disclosure: I use and very much like Sunrise, which Microsoft acquired back in February of this year. On its blog announcing the acquisition, Microsoft wrote, “the Sunrise app will remain in market and free after the acquisition. It will continue to support a wide range of third-party apps and calendar services. In the coming months, we’ll share more about how we’ll build on its success and apply Sunrise’s innovations to other Microsoft apps and services.” I wouldn't be at all surprised to see similar language regarding Wunderlist.