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When I saw the headline on TechCrunch, “Google Launching ToDo List Product?” my heart skipped a happy beat. Finally! But no. It’s likely that TechCrunch only exposed a Google employee who hit the wrong button and accidentally posted a private blog entry or email containing his […]

When I saw the headline on TechCrunch, “Google Launching ToDo List Product?” my heart skipped a happy beat. Finally! But no. It’s likely that TechCrunch only exposed a Google employee who hit the wrong button and accidentally posted a private blog entry or email containing his personal weekend task list. False alarm.

Google attempts to compete almost point-for-point against major Microsoft Office features on nearly every note except for task and project management. What are they waiting for? It’s wonderful that we have so many on and offline ways of managing personal and group tasks whether they are directly tied to projects or not. Yet we’re still sorely missing tight integration between email, documents and tasks for those of us who use Google tools in our businesses. The inability to assign and track simple tasks and lists through Google Apps is a glaring omission that may very well be the reason some small businesses and groups are hesitant to give up their Outlook-based workflows with its handy task pane.

Clearly, we’re ready for Google to make some sort of announcement in this area, aren’t we? Should Google take the GrandCentral/Jot route and acquire a company like Remember the Milk, which already does an outstanding job of integrating tasks with Gmail, or should they develop something from scratch once and for all?

How do you think Google should respond to those of us who are clammoring for to-do/task management baked into their products?

  1. Google should work not only at incorporating a To-Do list but should have ‘linking’ enabled such that any Google item can be connected to any other Google item.

    When I am planning a meeting in Calendar I should be able to designate documents that are important to that meeting.

    I should be able to associate milestones (to-dos) with scheduled events.

    I should be able to ‘cross-link’ documents with contacts.

    +/- $.02

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  2. I currently use RTM with Google Calendar. And I sync my G-calendar with my iPhone, via iCal and spanning sync. And RTM has a great iPhone web app too.

    The idea of linking everything needed for an appointment with G-docs and G-calendar would be outstanding.

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  3. I agree with Grant: they should just link peopel to Remember The Milk. It’s my homepage and it works like a charm.

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  4. Perhaps now with the release of their app engine, they’ll wait for others to build upon the Google Apps platform and then they’ll grab the most promising ones.

    That’s what I’d do anyway.

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  5. I would love Google to come out with something in the task/project arena. I don’t want them to buy something already out there; they’re all lacking something. The big complaints I have with online apps are:
    1) No projects or hierarchical system.
    2) Poor handling of notes. I want with “clipping” ability like OneNote or Evernote fully integrated.
    3) No way to assign a task to someone else and track it.
    4) No linking of files.
    5) Needs tight email integration.

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  6. GMail needs better contacts management, and I would like to see GrandCentral built in to the GMail interface. I would also like to see an a la carte version of GTalk, that allows you to add the features that you want selectively, rather than have the labs version, the gadget version, the desktop edition, and the gmail edition.

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  8. Chris I can offer you items 1,3 and 5 at TaskAnyone. With items 2 and 4 coming soon down the pipe.

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  9. I can’t believe that Google hasn’t already acquired RememberTheMilk. I favor the Grand Central acquisition route and let them improve RTM in the same way they did JotSpot…

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  10. I am working on a project management (Gantt) view based on Google spreadsheets. Interested parties are invited to test drive it. http://www.gganttic.com/2/

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