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Microsoft Launches Lists, a new “smart tracking app” for Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Launches Lists, a new smart tracking app for Microsoft Office 365 - Appy Pie

Microsoft has launched a new tracking app called ‘Lists’ for Microsoft 365 users globally. While it may seem like a to-do app, Lists offers seems more like a competitor to Airtable, with the addition of all the usual Microsoft integrations one would expect.

Microsoft describes Lists as a tool to “track issues, assets, routines, contacts, inventory, and more using customizable views and smart rules and alerts to keep everyone in sync.” The app will launch this summer on the web, with mobile apps set to launch later this year.

Lists will feature a bunch of pre-made templates for various things including team contacts, event itineraries, business travel approvals, and onboarding checklists. Microsoft has kept the service pretty flexible so that it can accommodate a lot of use cases. The app also strikes a resemblance to the app Trello.

To enable all of these use cases, Lists include different ways to visualize your lists. There are three views for now: grid, gallery, and calendar. The standard view is “grid,” which is similar to the view of Airtable. Calendar view explains itself, while the gallery view is ideal for anything that’s more visual. You can also create custom views.

Unlike Airtable, Lists doesn’t have a Kanban view aka the ability to enter data through custom forms. Another major feature of Lists is its system for creating rules. Microsoft wrote in today’s announcement, “Once you decide on the outcome, click through if/then steps to evolve your rules. Choose people, status, and value changes to send notifications or programmatically update values elsewhere in the list. Finally, use rules to set reminders to keep you and your team informed.”

Microsoft is stressing that Lists are integrated with Teams, too, similar to other apps inside the company’s communications platform.