How to enable phone sign-in for your Microsoft account

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Microsoft today announced the preview launch of a new "intelligent task management app" that's created to make it easier to plan and manage a day's activities. It can make a list for any of your requirements, work, home projects and even your groceries.

One of WIRED's most die-hard Wunderlist fans, Matt Burgess, attempted to use To-Do's import tool to move his lists over to the Microsoft app. The service syncs automatically with Outlook, and you will find your Outlook Tasks in To-Do right away provided that you use the same account for both services. It is connected to Office 365 and will offer built-in integration with Outlook along with other Office apps. The app also has a Suggestions feature that looks at all your to dos (including items from previous days you didn't get done) and "intelligently prioritizes the most important ones", Microsoft said.

In addition to simple to-do list functionality, the app allows users to add reminders, due dates and notes, as well as enabling them to "personalize each list with colourful themes". The new app is only available in a "preview" version although it is available on a number of platforms including Android, iOS, and Windows 10, as well accessible via the web. From the company's announcement post: "Once we are confident that we have incorporated the best of Wunderlist into To-Do, we will retire Wunderlist". Granted, this is a minimal app and service from Microsoft but if you are looking for a basic task-based application, To-Do may be the app for you. Don't worry if you lose your phone (or it is dead) because below account sign -ins, you can also click "Use Password instead".

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Check out Microsoft To-Do over at todo.microsoft.com; you can also download Microsoft To-Do Preview for iPhone, Android and Windows. Yes, the team released a Windows application version, but did not introduce new features in recent time.

The app needs to be configured to your Microsoft account and then the user selects the option that reads "phone sign-in" when attempting to log into your account. Microsoft says that the team will bring in favorite elements of Wunderlist into to-do in the coming months.

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