Natural language support
When entering to-do's you should be able to enter the item with natural language such as "Meeting with John today at 3pm" or any number of a wide range of ways. The app would know that it needs to be done today at 3pm. Other shortcuts should be supported including the reoccurring items such as "the second Monday of each month".
Natural language is faster to enter items vs selecting each field. After you enter the task with natural language there should be some visual que that tells you the system has recognized the item such as date, time, list, etc.
Todoist supports this and if you want people to change platforms this is a must have feature.
In our iOS & iPadOS apps we’ve brought smart due dates to the app. Will be coming to more platforms in the future.
ron yona commented
I Don't understand. Cortana had that ability already. Isn't it as easy as "borrowing" the ability that was already there? I used to add tasks with natural language with Microsoft launcher until the ability was shut down.
alisha oberoi commented
It's hard to find educated people on This topic, but you sound as if you know what you are talking about!
Juan A. B. commented
No updates on this?
Anthony Thong Do commented
Just for inspiration https://www.holistics.io/blog/introducing-holistics-open-source-smart-date-parser/
If you add this feature, please only make it as an option. I prefer to NOT have natural language "turned on" because it makes entering a task more difficult/complicated sometimes.
Brison Harvey commented
As soon as this feature comes in, I'll be back. But the lack of development is why I migrated away from O365 in the first place. Hoping for the best...expecting the same...
Make this happen. Now.
Been waiting forever for this. Gotta move on with my life. Bye Microsoft! You ruined a perfectly good thing (RIP Wunderlist).
It's been 6 months since my last comment on this thread. I keep getting updates for To Do on Windows with no discernable changes. I like To Do, and my wife and I have O365 and share a To Do list. But still no smart dates? What on God's green earth is the hold up? This needs to be done BEFORE Teams integration and BEFORE adding more smart lists and BEFORE any other feature. This should be job one.
Microsoft is really poor in software UI, UX and Office Collaboration (always can't merge changes from other collaborating online users, Save a Copy, Save a Copy).
Unbelievable that they are not aware that they need a new UI/UX team to design software, don't still relying on CODERS to design software without any App Standard understanding by common users who are using Google & Apple apps.
Today, tomorrow, Mon, tue ... next week, after 3 days ...
I have been using natural language in todoist for five years. I have switched to ToDo last month to have better integration with MS 365, but unfortunately this feature is missing and it is very efficient to have it in ToDo.
I made the switch from Wunderlist when To Do was launched and, while not initially available, this feature was promised when To Do launched for Mac. I'm patient, but second to writing things down in a list, this is the one other thing I need this app to be able to do. I've waited a long time but adding an item, having that item go to the bottom of your list, which you then have to find, select, and add a due date is cumbersome and negates the convenience of the app entirely! I'll move to Todoist I suppose. I've waited soooo looong for this and my to do lists have suffered long enough.
[Deleted User] commented
C'mon, people, they've implemented DARK THEME! It's much better than working properly application, it's much more important than usability.
I strongly recommend everyone to switch to Todoist, which with the current speed of Microsoft is ahead at least by 20 years in technologies.
John Nott commented
I think it's time to move to another app. For a company with the financial muscle of Microsoft, to leave the natural language feature out of non-iOS apps is a bit of a shame and gives some clue as to the importance of Todo to them. It's quite obviously "good enough" for Microsoft - there's no push to make it the best in the field.
The Windows app in particular is - in comparison to Todoist - just functional. There's no "wow. This is the app I need to use" about it. It's rather damning that Wunderlist had natural language features and Microsoft have only implemented them on some app versions i.e. the feature has merit, and was worthy of porting but development priorities are elsewhere. Then again, Outlook tasks have barely changed since Outlook 2000 so it's not without precedent for Microsoft to let features stagnate I suppose.
Jorge de Andrés commented
Thank you. Didn't know todoist had this feature. I was missing it since wunderlist closed. For me it is a must-have.
Mo Legend69 commented
1 year since last update. "Working on it" faster please
Aaron Eff commented
I'm very disappointed that this feature isn't on Android or even *Windows* yet. I live and die by my to-do list... it takes me 2-3x as long to create a task if I have to click/tap a bunch of different fields. I like almost everything else about the app, but I stick to Todoist because it's just faster. Adding natural language parsing would make me switch in a heartbeat.
No one from Microsoft seems to read these. They don't incorporate features across all platforms and they don't answer responses to these threads. Very disappointing.