Google’s task management toolkit has been sitting somewhere between crappy and cluster**** for some time. The company has obstinately refused to make it easy for users to add and manage tasks through an app or a single point of interaction. But that’s changing today with the release of Google Tasks – a new app that cleans up Google’s previous dog’s breakfast of task management tools.
The new app, available for iOS and Android, lets you link email to tasks, nest tasks so you can use it as a simple project management tool and add notes. However, it doesn’t seem to support prioritising to-do list items yet.
If you’re using a web browser, you can can drag email from your Gmail inbox over to the Tasks area and add them that way.
Google has published a simple guide on how to use Tasks.
I always marvel at how Google can create a much loved and highly used service like Google Reader and then deprecate it, only to not deliver something every personal information management tool has had as an integral part since as long as people have used computers to manage their schedule.
If you spend a lot of time working in the Google ecosystem, then Tasks is a step forward. But whether it will get people to abandon the tools they’ve using rather than waiting for Google is another question.