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Google Tasks is an amazing tool to organize your life and it’s available on your Windows desktop Five Killer Ways to Use Google Tasks Five Killer Ways to Use Google Tasks If you're like me, you spend more time managing your tasks than you do actually performing them. It’s all about multiple lists, offline access and getting your tasks on-the-go. Since we last took a look... Read More . The Windows Store comes loaded with task managers—these vary wildly in quality. And the reviews aren’t great. But out of the many populating Microsoft’s store, which offer the best features?

Here’s a rundown of the best paid or free apps within the Windows Store that sync with Google’s Google Tasks service.

What’s Great About Windows Tasks and the Microsoft Store?

With the Windows Store, users can automatically copy and sync their apps across multiple Windows platforms, provided they use a Microsoft login 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account 5 Security Tips To Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More . Even through device failure and upgrades, a user’s apps and settings can follow them around.

Similarly, Google Tasks offers the simplest, cross-platform task syncing service around. It even works offline in the Chrome browser Transform Google Tasks Into a Task Management Suite With Google Tasks Offline [Chrome] Transform Google Tasks Into a Task Management Suite With Google Tasks Offline [Chrome] Using Google Tasks is like a love-hate relationship. The problem with using Google Tasks directly in say, Google Calendar or inside Google Mail is that the layout and the user interface is extremely simplified and... Read More ! Together, these combine to create a robust, cross-platform system for capturing all tasks and spreading them across all your devices, with a minimal amount of effort.

The 7 Best Google Task Apps in the Windows Store

Hot Tasks (Free)

Hot Tasks adds additional functionality to Google’s task service: It automatically increases the color temperature of a task as it approaches its due date. Hot Tasks refers to this as heat – the more urgent a task, the redder it appears.

Aside from its clever design, Hot Tasks offers  great visual styling, reduced eyestrain (avoid Blue lights at night Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Your phone's screen is keeping you awake. Don't let it. These apps will help you rest well. Read More ), and an embedded tutorial. Additionally, dark themes damage AMOLED displays less Save Your Screen: How to Prevent Burn-in on AMOLED Screens Save Your Screen: How to Prevent Burn-in on AMOLED Screens Does your device's screen suffer from burn-in? Do you just want to keep your screen healthy for a long time? Then you'll want to read this article. Read More than bright ones. Unfortunately, Hot Tasks doesn’t integrate into Google Calendar.

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hot tasks

Advantages

  • Free, with ads
  • Gorgeous design
  • Nighttime optimized
  • Easy to configure
  • Clear instructions
  • Drag-and-drop user interface
  • Clever design that highlights tasks as they become due

Disadvantages

  • No Google Calendar integration

Great Task Pro (Free or $4.49)

Great Task comes with both a paid and a free version. There aren’t many differences between the free and paid, although the free version places a cap on the total number of syncs and displays advertising at the bottom of the screen.

Great Task offers elegant arrangement of tasks, along with a separately organized list of tasks, according to due-date. Unfortunately, it does not integrate into Google Calendar in any way.

great task 3 pro

Advantages

  • Most functional design
  • Tasks organized by due-date
  • Free version (with ads) is relatively feature rich
  • Combined task list, which improves on standard Google Tasks
  • Drag-and-drop interface

Disadvantages

  • Relatively expensive ($4.49)
  • No Google Calendar integration
  • Limited number of lists in free version
  • Sync cap on the free version
  • Advertising in the free version

gTasks HD Pro (Free or $3.49)

gTasks HD comes in both paid and free versions. The free and paid versions offer similar functionality. However, the paid version can only inhabit two devices. It also can only manage two different lists, per account, and only seven tasks per list. This limitation makes the free version of limited use. However, the paid version only costs $3.49, so it’s by no means a budget-breaker.

gtasks pro

Advantages

  • Displays tasks within Windows Live Tiles
  • Full access to the feature list available within Google Tasks
  • Pop-up reminders of upcoming tasks

Disadvantages

  • Weak free version
  • No Google Calendar integration

Ticki ($2.49)

Ticki offers a visually appealing, well-designed layout. It also offers multiple themes, font-resizing, and the ability to view multiple task lists at the same time. Overall, it’s one of the better Google Task management apps available in the Microsoft Store. The only downside is that it doesn’t offer Google Calendar integration.

ticki task manager windows

Advantages

  • Font resizing for larger or small devices
  • Multiple themes
  • Easy to use and configure
  • Great visual style
  • Drag-and-drop arrangement of tasks

Disadvantages

  • No Google Calendar integration
  • Trial period only
  • Does not automatically sync tasks after adding or altering them

Google All in One (Free)

Google All in One (GAO) melds Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Keep, and Google Tasks into a single full-screen window. It’s the only app that currently combines pretty much all of Google’s task management apps into a single package. However, it’s unwieldy, poorly laid out, and only works when you’re online. You can see from the screenshot below that GAIO is a bit of a mess.

google all in one

Advantages

  • Free
  • Single window management for all of Google’s services

Disadvantages

  • No offline mode
  • Clunky interface
  • Not better than using the online Google services

CoolTasks (Free)

CoolTasks brings—arguably—the best visual design along with an extremely clean interface. Its clean design also makes it easy to use in dual-pane mode. Once moved over to the left or right of the screen, it compacts its view, displaying only your tasks.

cooltasks

Advantages

  • Completely free
  • Best visual design
  • Easy to slide left or right in Windows’ split-screen mode
  • Easy to set up and configure

Disadvantages

  • No Google Calendar integration
  • Can’t move tasks from one list to another

POM Calendar ($2.99)

POM Calendar offers a simplified display and integration with both Google Tasks and Google Calendar. Unfortunately, the program runs poorly and suffers from numerous developmental problems. On the other hand, it stands a chance of becoming the premiere app for dual managing Google Tasks alongside Google Calendar.

That said, it crashed a number of times while I was testing it, and its sluggish performance made it unusable. However, if these bugs get worked out, POM Calendar might be worth buying.

POM calendar

Advantages

  • Combines both Google Tasks and Google Calendar into a single interface
  • Relatively easy to set up and configure

Disadvantages

  • Lack of visual polish
  • Sluggish performance
  • Unstable

What’s the Best Windows Store Task Manager?

If you want to spread Google’s service across multiple Windows devices, the best paid options are gTasks Pro and Great Tasks Pro. The best free option is Hot Tasks. None of these offer Google Calendar integration, but then few apps do, even on other platforms, like Android (Day-by-Day offers both).

For the hardcore, I highly recommending developing a more sophisticated Google Tasks method Take Google Task Management And Scheduling To A Whole New Level With GQueues Take Google Task Management And Scheduling To A Whole New Level With GQueues Google Tasks doesn't work if you want to move beyond the time management of today into the visionary planning of tomorrow. This is where GQueues steps up to the plate. Read More . Ryan’s method may have changed over the years, but his tips on managing tasks The 5 Commandments For Choosing The Right To-Do App For Productivity The 5 Commandments For Choosing The Right To-Do App For Productivity Different people organize in different ways. So choosing a to-do app really depends on what kind of person you are. Here are five commandments you can think about for your own productivity system. Read More are golden. I also suggest checking out Ryan’s method on integrating Microsoft Excel with Google Tasks. Use Excel & Google Tasks to Create the Best Goals Management Tool Ever Use Excel & Google Tasks to Create the Best Goals Management Tool Ever Lately, I've started to realize that I'm working very hard, but if someone asked me whether or not I feel that I'm working toward a larger purpose, I'd have to say that I really don't... Read More

  1. joaquin
    June 1, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    neither google all in on- gao

  2. DSemik
    March 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Nice article, but sadly, it would need an update - neither Hot Tasks nor CoolTasks are available anymore.

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