Productivity App Astrid Acquired By Yahoo!
May 4, 2013 | 7:00 pm
By Juli Monroe
Remember my review of the task management app known as Astrid last week? Well, my timing may have been lousy. Astrid announced on their blog today that they’ve been acquired by Yahoo!, and it’s an ominous announcement.
Here are the two ominous parts:
Over the next 90 days, Astrid will continue to work as is, and we will no longer be accepting new premium subscriptions. To make future changes as easy as possible, we’ll be in touch with users shortly to share how to download data.
*Note: Yahoo! will be administering refunds to eligible users who have paid for annual subscriptions, Power-Pack and Locale Plugins.
I didn’t like the sound of any of that. I may be reading it wrong, but it sounds to me like the app I’ve grown to love and rely on is going to either go away completely or be significantly changed. The latter option could be good if the changes are positive, but it could also change everything I like about the app.
And Yahoo! administering refunds indicates those services, at least, will be going away. I’m not a premium subscriber, so I’m not directly concerned about that, but putting everything together makes for a grim picture.
I think I’m going to be spending the next 90 days looking for an alternative. Any suggestions?