Microsoft buys Wunderlist


After being reported by The Wall Street Journal yesterday, 6Wunderkinder — maker of the Wunderlist suite of to-do apps — today officially announced it was being acquired by Microsoft:

Today marks a momentous day for me and the entire Wunderlist family. I am incredibly excited to share with you that we are joining Microsoft. 

"The addition of Wunderlist to the Microsoft product portfolio fits squarely with our ambition to reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world," writes Microsoft's Eran Megiddo in a statement. "It further demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to delivering market leading mobile apps across the platforms and devices our customers use — for mail, calendaring, messaging, notes and now tasks."

The acquisition is rumored to be worth between $100 million and $200 million, according to WSJ's close sources, but the terms have not been publicly disclosed. 

As with Microsoft's recent acquisition of Sunrise, Wunderlist will continue business as usual in the near term according to its CEO Christian Reber, with new features planned for the future. "So what will change for you? Nothing right now. Our team in Berlin will continue to build and deliver you Wunderlist," he writes in a blog post. "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."

Wunderlist is a great app that I use it across all of my devices. Hopefully we'll soon see how Microsoft builds on it and begins to use its smarts to improve its current offerings (I find it telling that it was Eran Meggido, General Manager of OneNote, that announced the deal for Microsoft).

Regardless, the Redmond company is certainly making some interesting moves in the mobile apps space having previously snapped up Sunrise and Accompli. New Microsoft, indeed. 

Sources: Wunderlist, Microsoft