Hey Apple, Fix This: The Reminders Data Silo

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My partner sent me a message last week asking how she could share a Reminders list with a few people. She was in a different part of the country, planning an event, and she needed several people involved in the event to see the task list she had drafted. She uses an iPhone and an iPad, and assumed that Reminders would be the best tool to create a task list. She could then mark each task as completed as she progressed with the preparation of the event, and see what was left to do. And she could share the list again, as time went on, so others could see which tasks remained. Since most of the people who needed to see this list don’t use iOS devices, she couldn’t find a way to share it.

I had never thought about this. Sure, you can share a Reminders list with another iOS user (when that feature works; more on that below), but what do you do when you need to share it with someone who uses an Android or Windows phone? It turns out that there is no way to do this. I understand that Apple wants to keep people in its ecosystem, but not everyone collaborates with only iOS users. Apple’s Reminders is a data silo; you can put data into it, but you can’t get it out.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

2 thoughts on “Hey Apple, Fix This: The Reminders Data Silo

  1. Kirk, have your partner try Quip, it’s free for individuals, you can share docs, lists and spreadsheets, and chat with your invitees within the document you are co-editing. I’ve been using it for months and it’s great – I share my home and work to-do lists with myself from work and home. All platforms and devices, both web- and app-based.

    https://quip.com/

  2. Kirk, have your partner try Quip, it’s free for individuals, you can share docs, lists and spreadsheets, and chat with your invitees within the document you are co-editing. I’ve been using it for months and it’s great – I share my home and work to-do lists with myself from work and home. All platforms and devices, both web- and app-based.

    https://quip.com/

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