It was back in May of 2020 that Microsoft announced Lists, the company’s new task tracking app for Microsoft 365, and today, we are finally learning more about when the mobile apps will arrive. Also coming later this month are a few updates for OneDrive for iOS as well.
Rolling out in mid-January, the Microsoft Lists app for iOS (MC232966) will let you access your SharePoint lists from your phone or tablet. The company officially describes the app as “a Microsoft 365 app that helps you track information and organize work. Lists is simple, smart, and flexible, so you can stay on top of what matters most to your team. Track issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync. With ready-made templates, you can quickly start lists online, in our new mobile app.”.
With Lists starting to become generally available on most major platforms, it’s important to understand how Microsoft currently looks at To Do and Lists – both apps are very similar in functionality but there is an important distinction.
To Do is a purpose-built app specifically designed to help individuals track their tasks, making it simple to create and manage tasks across devices. Microsoft Lists, on the other hand, supports teams and organizations, allowing them to manage a process or workflow in addition to tracking information over time through customized views that allow you to apply rules for reminders and notifications.
Along with this new List app arriving, Microsoft will be pushing out an update for the OneDrive app as well. Two new PDF updates (MC227458) will let you bookmark a specific page in a PDF and you will also be able to rotate page orientation while viewing a PDF document.
To make Lists the robust app that Microsoft pitched back in May, the company needs apps on every platform with the same fidelity as the desktop client. By rolling out the iOS app, is one small step towards achieving that goal.