Microsoft is continuing its productivity software and service push with new updates to some of its core products this week.On October 2, Microsoft removed the beta tag from its Wunderlist to-do app for Windows 10.The company also delivered this week a new Skype updates for iOS9 and OS X El Capitan users.
The Windows 10 version of Wunderlist features an updated design, support for Live Tiles and integration with Cortana.Windows 10 users can say (or type) requests involving Wunderlist using Cortana. Microsoft-provided examples of sample requests: "Add finalize presentation tomorrow to Wunderlist," and "Show me my Wunderlist to-dos due today."
According to an October 2 blog post, the Wunderlist team is still working on a universal app version of the product that will work on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and Windows Phones running Windows 10 Mobile. The team didn't say when it would deliver this, however.
Microsoft bought Berlin-based productivity app startup 6Wunderkinder, the developer of Wunderlist, in June 2015. Wunderlist runs on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Android, Kindle Fire and the Web. Microsoft officials have said the intention is to continue to deliver updated versions across all of these platforms.
Microsoft also updated Skype for iPhone and iPad with full iOS9 compatibility on October 2. Version 6.3 of Skype for iOS now has support for Slide Over and Split View; teh ability to reply to Skype chats directly from notifications on the lock screen; and the ability to start a Skype chat more easily from Spotlight search.
Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out Skype 7.13 for Mac with OS X El Capitan support. Skype users on that platform now can use Split View mode and more easily add Skype contacts.
One more productivity app tidbit: The Microsoft Garage incubator has made available for Windows Phone users a new app called Home Team. Home Team, available in preview form, helps users find and recommend local, trusted service professionals.