Integrate a task management (todo-list) system that is worth using!
Currently, Microsoft (at least) has four different tasks/todo systems, and they are all half-baked. I would like to see Outlook.com combining all of them into a well-arranged view.
1) Tasks from the Outlook.com Calendar. Simple, straight forward tasks, with no form of grouping or list-building.
2) Tasks Cortana creates for me, including person-depending and location-depending reminders. Would nice to have a place where I can see, add and edit them. Especially when Windows 10 is here.
3) Flagged Emails: After flagging a number of mails, I can't see all of them anymore on the top. It would be nice if they would integrate themself as tasks which then could be categorized and added to lists.
4) OneNote based todo lists. Of course, not everthing that gets an check box in OneNote should pop up in Outlook, but a system where I can choose, which notebook-pages should be added as a todo lists would be nice.
These are the four, consumer facing ways I know how to create a task/todo item within the Microsoft ecosystem. At the moment they are loose ends, none of them well enough thought out to become the single todo app for me. But that could and should change.
Thanks for the detailed feedback and comments on this. Like you’ve noted we, as a company, have put work into tasks and task management before and it is an area we continue to give thought to as there is still improvement to make. I will pass this feedback and the comments on to the right folks for more consideration. If I can share anything substantive back, I will. Thanks again for the feedback and engagement.
Alan W commented
Yes, please provide a way to sync Tasks much like email and contacts. Thank you!!
Need to be able to put times as well as dates in for tasks. If there were start/finish times/dates work done could calculate automatically
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Better than only putting a flag to a mail, is adding a date by which that mail has to be treated. If the system could give a sign when the due date is there (like the other Outlook does), this would give a list of To Do's for today, instead of a mountain of flagged mails without any time priority
Daniel Azam Azmir commented
Add a "To-Do List" feature - basically merge Wunderlist with Outlook - seamless usability without swapping between apps.
Also, improve the usability of UNGROUPING sub-folders and vice versa.
Provide option to change background color - too bright with white.
to many things to remember
Tasks: ability to group, filter, sort and/or search by category in OWA...and add to app. For those that follow GTD, we have lots of tasks, they are tagged (categorized by project and/or context) and they are usually not tied to date (so not on a calendar). The desktop application handles them okay, but the web app has little functionality. The Android and iOS apps don't even incorporate tasks.
Please put back in the Microsoft task feature. I miss it and used it a lot in combination with my email.
#4 Above is probably a bad idea. A TO DO List is a LIST. The LIST defines the subsequent TASKS. Tasks are done in STEPS. Steps are ONE at a time and in list order. We should not assign our own tasks (Managements Job), therefore we should not be able to pick and choose which steps to take to complete an assigned task. In My Honest Opinion.
*Of course all of this functionality already exists with ASPX
#3 Above is incorrect. We SHOULD not be able to assign ourselves tasks. That is our Managers job. We SHOULD Author our own TO DO List, including the straightforward steps within each LIST. That's why it is called a LIST.
#1 Above is correct.
#2 Above is incorrect. That function already exists depending on permission(s) granted to the user, specifically PAGE (Static) VIEW Permission.
I concur. Take for instance Outlook 2010 for desktops, its Task is very powerful, but it lack structure, no workflow process (eg: Getting Things Done GTD, action, time, task management system by David Allen).
Difficult to share, delegate, coordinate, follow-up, and track progress. It lacks Sub-Tasks (interdependent tasks that require to be executed before the previous task), etc... Template for repetitive/reoccurring tasks. Lack of integration with other hardware and operating systems.
This is without question Outlooks Tasks greatest weakness. In an area wherein people are expected do more (personal and professionally) than ever with less resources (time included), the managing of such projects are more frequent and complicated. Often times tasks/projects involve many details; Family members (Baptisms, Weddings, Parties, Vacations, and Funerals), Organizations (Clubs, Faith, Charities, etc...), Personal goals, Business (Employees, Subcontractors, etc...), Crisis management (Hurricane, Flood, Illness). All these things require; Research, Planning, Delegation, Coordination, Follow-up, etc... MS Outlook Tasks has so much potential, the first overall Communication/Management platform for the masses of its kind, and all we keep getting from Outlook developers are minor, mostly aesthetics.
Frustrating, Outlook development team has failed to realize that there are only to forms of communication, social (25%) and productive (action driven 75%). Outlook Tasks has the potential of becoming a dominant factor in how people choose to interact with people productively and all world keeps getting eye candy. What a shame... Many others have been developing formidable solutions to fill the Outlook Tasks void, and it Outlook Team does not wake up soon, they could end-up trying to catch-up to the competing for a long time no different then it has happened in the past wherein they were the dominant players at one time. Microsoft is fast becoming a formidable player in the Could services, what better need solution than Task/Project management for everyone, device and platform?
'Tasks' is bloody awful. It is cumbersome. What used to be Calendars was much more user friendly. I want to see a list of tasks, one per line and I want to be able to click on it and have it displayed in toto so that I can edit or view it without clicking on more buttons. I also want to be able to set up more than one reminder and specify hours/days/weeks before the event for that reminder to send me an email.
Scott Beam commented
If You want a standard Try Franklin Covey Prioritize, due date , and in order , Come on Microsoft - All this work ----give us what people want and need .
I used Outlook tasks for years because they could handle complex recurring tasks like no one else. However, in order to have it mobile, I have switched to TickTick. They can actually handle my complex recurring tasks and I can see them on my computer at work, my computer at home, and my phone. Win!! (Sorry, Microsoft, you lose.)
In this entire mess, please, don't forget to add the Tasks sync in the Android "Outlook" app...
I can understand Google not caring about Microsoft Outlook's Tasks, but not Microsoft itself.
WHERE'S THE EASY TO SEE FLAGGED SECTION ?!?!
please leave my computer alone