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Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface

Anyone using the classic Google Tasks web interface? Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Google does not mention a specific shutdown date but "soon" suggests that the shutting down will probably happen in the near future and not in years.

Google Tasks itself is not going away, on the other hand. Users who use Tasks may still use it in one of the following ways:

  • Gmail: Gmail users can open the Gmail web interface and select Tasks on the right-hand side (underneath Calendar and Keep) to open the interface.
  • Calendar: The standalone web version of Google Calendar supports tasks as well. Just open Calendar and select Tasks on the right side to open the interface.
  • Mobile devices: The Google Tasks application for Android or iOS remains available. Users may install the app on their devices to continue using Tasks.

Google does not reveal why it is closing down the classic standalone web version of Task. The most likely explanation is a lack of use; most Tasks users probably use it through Gmail or Calendar, and not through the standalone version.

Lack of use could still mean that it is used by quite a few users considering that Google's definition of lack of use is different to the definition that smaller Internet companies may have.

Good news is that Tasks is not going away completely and that Google Tasks users can continue to access their tasks on Gmail or Calendar (or the mobile apps); at least for now.

Google is in a termination spree currently; the company plans to shut down Google+ in April for consumers, the classic Hangouts, the Google URL shortener, and the messaging app Allo.

Windows users who need Task functionality but only locally could look at the long standing Task List Guru application for the operating system.

The coming days and weeks will show how many users are affected by the shutdown.

Now You: Do you use a Tasks service? If so which and why?

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  1. Luca said on February 6, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    I think that Task will be replaced by Keep

  2. Anonymous said on February 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Google, Tasks works as a simple, unglamorous to do app. Don’t kill it, just to replace it with something that looks pretty, but does not add functionality.

    1. Bill Wright said on February 19, 2019 at 2:56 am
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      Actually, they’re removing functionality with the new update for it. You can’t use as many nested lists and so far you can’t use it in full screen mode. I’m disappointed in the update. I wish they would leave the classic version alive.

  3. John Fenderson said on February 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    I don’t remember ever hearing of Tasks before…

  4. stefann said on February 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    Martin, i liked that with DRINK BEER – DRINK EVEN MORE BEER ! :)

  5. daveb said on February 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    The best use for Google in recent years is to see functionality you like, then look for other software, pregerably standalone that does the same thing. Thats the only way you end up with a worflow that you can use long term.

    1. John Fenderson said on February 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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      @daveb: I couldn’t agree more. Applications that are constantly changing out from under me are horrible.

  6. Peterc said on February 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    “Google does not reveal why it is closing down the classic standalone web version of Task[s].”

    Was it straightforward and functional? Did it load and respond quickly? Was it well suited to a computer as opposed to a smartphone or tablet? Based on what Google has done with the Web interfaces of its other services, if the the answer to any of those questions is yes, *that’s* why.

  7. Tom Peters said on February 7, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    I am so angry when I saw the notice on my classic tasks (canvas) page today. Seriously, I searched 3rd party add-ons, google, programs, and nothing compares to that interface. Could copy/paste in multi lines, easily re-arrange fast., Delete lines fast with selecting line and hitting delete. Easily Indent to group tasks AND Re-arrage the groups of sub stasks easily. There was no wasted real-estate and it was condensed so you would easily get an overview. These new puffy spacy apps are the end of productivity. Seriously, putting in the side bar of gmail ??? Thats what almost got me to switch away from google a few years ago until I found the canvas page after hours of research. PLEASE GOOGLE STOP DESTROYING PRODUCTIVITY AND WHAT WORKS. Like the care or listen anymore :(

    1. Anonymous said on February 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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      THIS THIS THIS. Thank you for summarizing my thoughts exactly. I am so so bummed that google tasks is going away. It has changed my life and so greatly affected my productivity and the tasks integrated in gmail has so much less functionality, so much “puffy space”, you can’t have as many sub-tasks, and it doesn’t allow me to see all my tasks in a large screen format. Badly done Google. :(

    2. Bill W said on February 19, 2019 at 3:03 am
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      I totally agree!! You summarized my thoughts perfect. I can’t stand the look of the new todo list apps. I wish there was a way to continue using the classic version.

  8. Tom Peters said on February 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    I Have submitted to google throught the Help / Feedback area. If you have any other ways to contact google, let me know here. If you have any more points to add also let me know there.

    – This is NOT EFFECTIVE if you use more than 5 lists as the scroll bar is horrible.
    – The tasks are not in any order, random. You see so few items per screen (14 items vs 32 in the same height), and the columns are too narrow. – The items are not easily moved or moved in groups.
    – There probably is not convient print option that produces usable sheets.
    – There is no longer anyway to transfer items or groups to differnt lists.
    – There is no longer anyway to past multiple items, like 5 days of the week, and have it create seperate items.
    – Most disappointing, the screens when click add task, and OK or cancel, literally takes visual slow motion for the screens to come up and disappear, many times showing the old/new side by side.
    >> WHY CAN’T THE CANVAS PORTAL just stay without upgrades? to force us to use an INFERIOR upgrade.
    I and our groups are replacing google products unless somehow productivity can be maintained by its users.

    1. Emily said on February 10, 2019 at 1:38 am
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      Agree on everything – did you hear back?

  9. Barb said on February 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    I am really upset. Google Tasks classic was not only useful, it is essential to me. No other task manager works as well, with ease of use and functionality. The Task list off to the side of Google Calendar or Mail just does not cut it. With Classic Tasks, I can see everything by date and easily search through years of data. I too have searched and have not found anything that even remotely works as well. Google, PLEASE do not take this away.

  10. Barb said on February 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Another thing. The Google Tasks iOS app does not work. It freezes or crashes constantly. Totally useless.

  11. John said on February 9, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Google is breaking an immutable law with the old simple “Tasks”….it’s not monetized. What is the definition of Google? The largest amount of cash available to be grabbed in ten lifetimes.. I don’t think they’re there yet.

  12. Nam said on February 9, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    I will miss the full screen mode for tasks allowed by url https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas ;-(.

  13. Emily said on February 10, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Is anyone finding that google tasks isn’t working/syncing AT ALL now?

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