Published On: Wed, May 20th, 2020

Microsoft launches Lists, a new Airtable-like app for Microsoft 365

Microsoft now launched Lists, a new “smart tracking app” for Microsoft 365 users. That might sound a lot like a todo list app and given Microsoft already offers Microsoft To Do, we might consternation because it would worry with Lists, yet it seems like Lists goes good over a simple to do app. Indeed, Lists seems some-more like a aspirant to Airtable, with a additional all of a common Microsoft integrations one would expect.

The approach Microsoft describes it, Lists is a apparatus to “track issues, assets, routines, contacts, register and some-more regulating customizable views and intelligent manners and alerts to keep everybody in sync.” It facilities low integrations into Teams, SharePoint and other Microsoft products and will launch this summer on a web, with mobile apps slated for after this year.

Based on what Microsoft has common so far, Lists will underline a garland of pre-made templates for things like group contacts, eventuality itineraries, business transport approvals and onboarding checklists.

As we can see from that list, it seems like Microsoft has intentionally kept a use flattering flexible, so that it can accommodate a lot of use cases. In that respect, it reminds me a bit of services like Trello (and a Lists mobile app bears a distinguished similarity to a Trello app).

To capacitate all of these use cases, Lists embody opposite ways to daydream your lists. For now, there are 3 views: grid, gallery and calendar. The customary perspective is ‘grid,’ that might remind we a bit of Airtable, if we have ever used that. Calendar perspective explains itself, while a gallery perspective is ideal for anything that’s some-more visual. And given Lists seems to be all about flexibility, we can also emanate tradition views.

Unlike Airtable, though, Lists doesn’t seem to underline a Kanban perspective or a ability to enter information by tradition forms.

Another vital underline of Lists is a complement for formulating rules. “Once we confirm on a outcome, click by if/then stairs to develop your rules,” writes Microsoft in today’s announcement. “Choose people, status, and value changes to send notifications or programmatically refurbish values elsewhere in a list. Finally, use manners to set reminders to keep we and your group informed.”


Since all things Microsoft now lead to Teams earlier or later, a association is apparently stressing that Lists are apparently integrated with Teams, too, identical to other apps inside a company’s communications platform.

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