Yahoo! seem to be on some sort of spending spree with their acquisition of various mobile apps. First we saw them pay out a huge sum to the 17-year-old creator of Summly, subsequently shutting the service down in order to implicate it’s features into something they’re working on behind closed door. Now they’ve acquired my favourite Task/To-Do list app Astrid.
Astrid was one of the first productivity apps that I covered when n3rdabl3 was only a few months old. It had everything I needed to keep on top of the site as well as general day to day tasks. Since then the app has come a long, long way offering a premium package to those who want more features, as well as reminders and other useful apps to keep your life in check.
Over the next 90 days the app and service will work as normal, but sign-ups to premium accounts will be closed. Yahoo! will also be issuing refunds to those that currently have yearly subscriptions to the service, and they’ll “be in touch with users shortly to share how to download data”. As much as I am pleased for the guys and girls behind Astrid I’m a little sad to see that one of my favourite to-do apps might be no more.
We’ll keep an eye on Astrid over the next few months for any more details on what Yahoo! plan to do with the app.