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Get Organized with the Best Google Tasks Apps for Windows

Kannon Yamada 18-11-2015

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 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 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] 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 What Is a Blue Light Filter and Which App Works Best? These blue light filter apps for Android will help you get a better night's sleep, even when using your device at night. Read More ), and an embedded tutorial. Additionally, dark themes damage AMOLED displays less AMOLED Burn-In Can Be Avoided! And It's Easy! AMOLED burn-in can be reduced with the right tricks. This article lists the apps and options for saving AMOLED screens. Read More than bright ones. Unfortunately, Hot Tasks doesn’t integrate into Google Calendar.


hot tasks


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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. It also received a recent update, which further refines the already stylishly designed task manager.

ticki task manager windows


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


  • No Google Calendar integration
  • Trial period only

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


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


  • 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.



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


  • 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


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


  • 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, some of 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). However, as of 2017, I believe the best paid Google Task-based task manager to be CheckMarks. I haven’t been able to do a full review of the software, but it covers virtually everything that I need from a task manager, except Google Calendar integration.

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 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 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 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

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  1. adam adamson
    May 4, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kannon Y
      May 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Can I ask what this is in reference to?

  2. Frode Nilse
    April 2, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Hi I'm the developer of Ticki. Just wanted to let the readers know that I've just released a revamped version with full keyboard/mouse support and a new compact interface which lets you navigate all lists and tasks in one view.

    Also "Does not automatically sync tasks after adding or altering them" was never true. It has a 5 second delay before sending updates, but I'm not ruling out that there might have been bugs.

    Get it at Windows Store or via

    • Kannon Y
      April 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Frode! I'm testing it out right now. So far, it's looking better than any of the other paid options. Great job!

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

    neither google all in on- gao

  4. 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.