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There are a lot of organization apps and platforms available, and choosing the right one can be rough. Now add in the need for collaboration and things get even trickier—is there any app that can keep track of groceries, help manage projects, enable team communication, and do it all in a platform-neutral manner? Wunderlist.

1. What Wunderlist does

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Image: Wunderlist

Wunderlist's purpose is right in its name: It's a list-making app. Saying that doesn't do it justice though—it numerous features and capabilities that make list creating, keeping, updating, sorting, and sharing a snap.

Say you want to keep your grocery list in digital form instead of on the fridge. Just use the pre-created grocery list that comes with Wunderlist, which you can add items to simply by tapping or clicking on the list and typing away.

See: The quest for the perfect to-do list (TechRepublic)

Creating lists is quick both in the web app and the mobile versions and everything syncs automatically so you won't ever have to worry about not having the latest updates to a list you or someone else modifies.

2. How Wunderlist is better

As I mentioned above, Wunderlist isn't alone in the note-taking app world. What makes it stand out is its simplicity and effectiveness: Wunderlist isn't trying to be all things, and that makes it better.

There isn't a lot of guesswork with Wunderlist. Every button and option is right where you'd expect it to be, and adding things like notes and attachments is clear and confusion-free.

One of the real standout Wunderlist features is Mail To Wunderlist. Any email account that you add and verify on your Wunderlist account is capable of sending an email to Wunderlist, provided you turn that feature on first.

At that point you can forward any email to me@wunderlist.com and it will appear right in your inbox. You can also compose new messages if you need to add an item and don't want to open up the app.

Wunderlist is simple, but that doesn't mean there aren't dozens of amazing features that are too numerous to share here. Suffice it to say, if you're a person who uses the built-in iOS or Android Reminder app you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the features you didn't know you needed.

3. Who should use Wunderlist

Everyone, from the individual to the enterprise, can make use of Wunderlist. It's free and available on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, as a Chrome addon, and as a web app. The free version has some restrictions, though the casual user is unlikely to be affected by them (5MB file attachment capacity, 25 shares per list, and 25 subtasks per item). Paying $4.99 per month unlocks pro features and removes those restrictions.

See: Microsoft acquires Wunderlist and strengthens its mobile strategy (TechRepublic)

There's also Wunderlist for Business that's perfect for businesses of any size, and it adds some great enterprise-level collaboration features that make it a lot more like Evernote than just a simple list and to-do app.

Wunderlist also features terrific integration with Outlook, which is unsurprising given that it was purchased by Microsoft in 2015. If you work in an environment that uses Outlook.com, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016, or Office 365 you can use the Wunderlist Outlook extension.

There's no reason not to give Wunderlist a try, even if you use another platform. You'll be pleased with the features, ease of use, great user interface, and universal access. Head on over to Wunderlist.com to check it out.

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About Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.

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