Microsoft has announced a new feature for their popular Microsoft To Do app.
Adding due dates and reminders is the best way to keep track of your tasks and complete them on time.
Microsoft has just released smart due date and reminder recognition in To Do for Windows. This is the fastest way for you to add due dates, reminders, and repeat information to your tasks by typing in all the details in the task title using natural language. The app will now automatically recognize and highlight the relevant information and add it to your task.
How it works
Click on + Add a task in any of your To Do lists.
Add a due date
While typing details for a task, type the due date using natural language. For example, type in “tomorrow”, “Apr 27”, and “Friday,” and To Do will automatically recognize the due date and add it when you save your task.
Add a reminder
While typing task details, type the reminder date and time using natural language. For example, type in “tomorrow 5pm”, “Apr 27 10am”, “Friday noon”, and To Do will automatically recognize the reminder and add it when you save the task.
Add repeat information
While typing task details, type the repeat information using natural language. For example, type in “daily”, “every Monday”, “daily 5pm” and To Do will automatically recognize the repeat information and add it when you save the task.
Sometimes an apparent date or time can be part of the actual task title and not meant to be a due date or reminder. For example, in “buy food for April”, “April” is a pet’s name but To Do will highlight and set it as due date.
Fortunatelty you can turn off the smart date and time recognition on a case-by-case basis by pressing backspace on the highlighted word from your keyboard. Microsoft will unrecognize it and the word will become part of your task title. You can also delete or modify the due date, reminder, and repeat information anytime using the buttons in the task input bar.
This feature is currently available on To Do Windows app for English (EN-) languages only. Microsoft To Do also have smart due date, reminder suggestions in To Do iOS app and is working on extending support to more of their apps and languages.
To try the feature download the To Do Windows application or update it to version 2.66 or above. For more details on how to use this feature or turn it off check their Support article here.