If you doubted for a moment that Yahoo would shut down Astrid, the excellent cross-platform productivity app it purchased in May, sorry to disappoint. The company sent out an email over the weekend explaining, and apologizing, for shutting down on August 5th, 2013.
Other services like Wunderlist have attempted to benefit from the announcement by making it easy for users to import their Astrid data, but now the company itself is offering an export tool to download your data. They’ve even offered a list of recommended services to take over your to-do duties: Wunderlist, Wrike, Sandglaz and Any.do (the middle two are new to me).
While it may be unfortunate to see yet another great startup gobbled up by one of the big guys, Yahoo seems to be acquiring companies with purpose, and should put Astrid’s talents to good use.
Full text is after the break.
Astrid Winding Down
First off, we want to sincerely thank you for being an Astrid user over the years. Your support every step of the way has meant the world to us. As of August 5, 2013, we will be closing the Astrid service.
We know that a transition can be tough, but we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Please go to this link: astrid.com/home/export to download your data.
Once you have your data, we recommend you check out one of these applications. They will allow you to easily import your data, so you can pick up where you left off: Wrike, Wunderlist, Sandglaz, and Any.do.
When we built Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive – and we certainly hope we helped you. Thank you again for your support.
Jon Paris & the Astrid Team
So long, cute squid.