Forecast vs. Microsoft To Do

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Forecast
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
Forecast.it is a project portfolio management solution built around features such as resource planning and time tracking, budget estimating, and analytics and reporting, with key third-party integrations.
$29
per seat (billed annually)
Microsoft To Do
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft To Do replaces the former Wunderlist task management tool.N/A
Pricing
ForecastMicrosoft To Do
Editions & Modules
Lite (Annual subscription)
$29
per seat (billed annually)
Pro (Annual subscription)
$49
per seat (billed anually)
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ForecastMicrosoft To Do
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
ForecastMicrosoft To Do
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Forecast
-
Ratings
Microsoft To Do
7.1
73 Ratings
Task Management00 Ratings8.673 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings7.339 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings4.58 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.255 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings6.433 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings6.967 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings5.017 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings6.316 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings5.537 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.939 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings8.569 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings6.613 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings9.010 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Forecast
-
Ratings
Microsoft To Do
6.5
7 Ratings
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings5.04 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings7.96 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
User Ratings
ForecastMicrosoft To Do
Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
(3 ratings)
8.3
(73 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(8 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
7.6
(60 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
ForecastMicrosoft To Do
Likelihood to Recommend
Forecast
Forecast is well suited for tracking schedules, especially if it is only being controlled by a single department. When it comes to using Forecast in a larger ecosystem with more "cooks in the kitchen" it would be helpful to have the software more easily integrated with other software.
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Microsoft
It's such a simple and effective tool! If you need an app to safely store your To-do's and make sure you stay on top of things, this is it. You can divide tasks lists into folders (like "home" and "business"), share the lists with co-workers, set notifications, even mark items as a priority. It's great for smaller, day-to-day tasks but if you need something to manage a bigger project or a team, you should look into more robust project management tools. Although this is a great app, it cannot replace tools like TeamWork, Basecamp etc. But they work great together
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Pros
Forecast
  • Assign and allocate resources.
  • Identify lean departments and identify areas to increase headcount.
  • Manage agile teams.
  • Identify bottlenecks in departments or resourcing.
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Microsoft
  • Wunderlist is what you need for your to do lists. It's really simple to use.
  • Allows you to set due date to your lists, share them with your team and/or create a folder to divide and organize all your list set
  • Also, Wunderlist is compatible with all platform and devices. So you can always be updated on your list or work on them from wherever you are and with all the devices you have.
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Cons
Forecast
  • Not as intuitive as its companion software, Harvest. This software takes longer to learn when on-boarding new staff. It is also difficult to view time notes without needing to physically open them up. This could be improved by expanding the "on hover" functionality. Personally, having spent as little time in workflow software is really important, as it gives me more time to code.
  • Because we use this software to plan schedules, items often fall through the cracks. I would like to see some more sophisticated syncing with not only Harvest but also with Asana.
  • Lack of integration with Asana. It would be nice to pull data from forecast and display it in Asana. This would be helpful for understanding how much time I have to spend on a project rather than bounce back and forth between web apps.
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Microsoft
  • Viewing more than one task at a time.
  • Email forwarding tasks - sometimes can be buggy and not always smooth.
  • Option to show more detail on a task without clicking task - example: being able to see attachment without clicking on task to view.
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Likelihood to Renew
Forecast
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
It's working, and doing precisely what we selected it for. The only hesitation is if Microsoft suddenly drops the platform.
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Usability
Forecast
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
The actual user interface and the way to navigate around the app is very intuitive and easy to learn/use which would make me give it a high ranking, but the syncing issues drop down my rating because there are times where you add an item to the list and then it just disappears. Then when you add it again the sync will happen and now you have duplicates. The other negative with the usability is adding extra information to an item, such as files or comments or assignments. You can do it but it's difficult to tell which items have this information from the main screen. You have to click on them individually.
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Support Rating
Forecast
I have not needed support for Forecast.
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Microsoft
I have not had an issue where I needed to reach out to Wunderlist, but I know their contact and online chat is easy to access and feel confident that they would be helpful. My only worry is Wunderlist is becoming Microsoft to-do in May 2020, and I believe the app will become worse after that.
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Implementation Rating
Forecast
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Wunderlist giving 100% work satisfaction for me and my organization
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Alternatives Considered
Forecast
I have not used any other scheduling software other than Forecast. The company selected Forecast because it is used in conjunction with Harvest. The pair of web apps can be used to pull detailed data. This is very important to our agency, and making data-driven decisions is exceptionally important to our agency mission.
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Microsoft
Wunderlist is the cleanest of all these products, and also the most functional. It performs exactly like you would expect a to-do app to work, and you can make it as simple or as complex as you want. Trello boards were too much for my employees to comprehend and they could never get the hang of it. Microsoft TO-DO is just a stripped down remake of Wunderlist and will be a while before it catches up (if it ever does). Todoist is the most similar to me, and it was mostly an aesthetic choice that made me choose Wunderlist.
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Return on Investment
Forecast
  • Allow departments to run efficiently.
  • Quickly identify whether departments need to hire.
  • Easily visualize project gaps in resources.
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Microsoft
  • Productivity Increase - Knowing exactly what I need to do and when makes sure that I am on the right track, working on the right project and task at the right time, and not missing anything (or wasting my time on tasks that don't move the needle).
  • I'm delivering and following through on projects (big and small) without worrying about if I'm missing anything. This has helped specifically in product releases. One task I used to be late on every year was holiday greeting card releases in May. No one is ever ready to design holiday cards in April, so I wasn't even thinking about it. However, retail shops are buying their holiday products in the summer. I would always remember September as the weather started to change, which would lead me to miss out on the bulk of retail shop sales. With Microsoft To-Do, I mapped out the entire project, starting with designing 3 Hanukkah cards, to 3 Christmas cards, to printing them, photographing them, listing them, and marketing them. All with deadlines attached. Every detail was planned out in a doable way. For two years in a row, I did not miss out on this release and my sales have increased 300% year-over-year in part because of my release planning in Microsoft To-Do.
  • Do you know those tasks that pop up in meetings that you write down somewhere and then sometimes just completely forget? No? Just me? Either way, I used to have them scattered in notepads, sticky notes, and notebooks, and a lot would be lost in the wind. With Microsoft To-Do, I take all of those to-dos gathered during the day and add them to my to-do list with a deadline at the end of my work day. Now, I never miss anything.
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