Windows 10's Cortana now makes it easy to list who's naughty or nice

Wunderlist support has been added as well.

Just in time for the holidays, Windows 10’s Cortana has added a new feature: list making, which you can use to add all sorts of shopping items, to-do tasks, and other items as you think of them.

The new feature works on your Windows 10 PC, as well as Cortana for iOS 8.0 or later and the Cortana app for Android 4.4 and later. Microsoft also connected Cortana to its Wunderlist app, allowing access to the lists you already have in that app and easy sharing with friends.

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You can create a number of custom lists, too.

For now, the vocabulary to trigger the list command isn’t that forgiving. By default, Cortana includes three lists: Grocery, Shopping, and To-Do. The command “Show me my lists” provides an overview of what lists are active, and “Create a [name] list” generates a new list using that name as a title. (Commands like “Review my lists” aren’t currently recognized.)

As you think of new items, you can issue commands to Cortana, such as “Add milk to my shopping list,” and Cortana will oblige. (Naturally, you can also edit the item name itself.) There’s no obvious way to orally check off items on your list without opening the list. For now, there’s also no way to add photos of items—a feature that exists in Cortana’s reminders—meaning you’ll have to set a separate reminder with, say, a photo of the bottle of wine you want to give to your sister.

Why this matters: It’s possible that eventually this new list-making feature could be tied to Cache, the Microsoft Garage app that looks like Microsoft’s answer to Google Keep. Each of us has their own way of jotting notes and setting reminders that works for us; with the new list capability, Microsoft would like you to think of Cortana as a more helpful digital assistant.

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