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Now with big backing from Dropbox and Evernote funder Sequoia Capital — and with VC legend Michael Moritz on the 6Wunderkinder board — task-management app Wunderlist should soon become more lightweight and stable, and more widely available.

6Wunderkinder CEO Christian Reber

The task-management tool Wunderlist will come to Windows Phone and Windows 8 in the first quarter of 2014 with the release of Wunderlist 3, 6Wunderkinder chief Christian Reber has said.

Wunderlist 3 will generally aim to improve rather than evolve beyond its current functionality, Reber told me. He said the new version would be faster, more lightweight and stable. The Berlin startup might add a few features to Wunderlist Pro accounts “but it’s mainly about making everything that exists better,” he explained.

The app and its Pro version are currently used by around 6 million people and 50,000 teams and businesses (of 3 people or more) — according to 6Wunderkinder. There’s also been a 476 percent increase in-app daily activity since the start of this year. Wunderlist is available on iOS, Android, Windows (the “classic” variety), Mac OS X and in the browser.

wunderlist-wp-featuredI spoke with Reber ahead of the official announcement on Tuesday of 6Wunderkinder’s funding by Sequoia Capital, the same venture capital firm that has invested in market-leading productivity apps Evernote and Dropbox. (Reports at the start of the month suggested it was a $30 million round but that’s actually the total amount 6Wunderkinder has raised to date; the round was worth $19 million.)

“With the kind of people they invest in, it was just a perfect fit,” Reber said. And the deal – Sequoia’s first investment in a German company — comes with plenty of firepower. For a start, Sequoia’s Michael Moritz, who became something of a legend through his backing of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and PayPal, is now on the 6Wunderkinder board.

6Wunderkinder is currently in the process of setting up an office in the Valley and scouting for someone to run it, but the main operations will remain in Berlin. “When we talked to Sequoia we made it clear that we don’t move offices or teams to the U.S.,” Reber said. “We’re keeping engineering, design and marketing here.” The U.S. office will handle business development, sales and probably customer support.

“I will split my time between both [countries],” Reber said, though he added: “The company needs a CEO who’s not on the plane the whole time.”

  1. Many of us must purchase new computers with Windows 8 on them…. or at least migrate from XP to Windows 8. We cannot all wait until THE FIRST QUARTER to do this. So does that mean we must abandon Wunderlist if we are going to Windows 8 now? Why is this so delayed?

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    1. In this case it means Windows 8′s modern UI – Wunderlist will and does still work in “classic” mode. Sorry if there’s confusion there; it’s Microsoft’s fault, as they officially refer to that new user interface as “Windows 8″ even though the term also means the combination of the new and old interfaces.

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  2. Dennis Tretyakov Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Hooray! Finally! Waiting for 3rd!

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  3. Carlos G. González Friday, December 27, 2013

    Great!! I migrate from android to windows phone 8 yesterday and i want wunderlist in my new lumia 520.

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  4. Can’t wait for the WP8 version! :)

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    1. Okay.. i bought my WP8 Lumia.. and its nearly end of January… well?.. the new version..
      where is it??? :))

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  5. any word on when the update will come out? seems to be taking quite a long time.

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