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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Read it Later

Today’s app of the day is Read it Later.

Read it Later is a great app if you read a lot of news every day, but don’t have the time to delve as deep into every article as you may wish. If this rings a bell, then Read it Later is for you.

After installing, Read it Later incorporates itself into the sharing function on your android device and allows you to easily articles of your choosing from almost any android app. Read it Later also allows offline viewing, making it great if you have times in the day when you are out of reception.

I also appreciate the ability to install Read it Later on your PC (through a Chrome extension), allowing you to easily find articles that you started reading on your phone at a later date. This is great if particular articles have larger images, data heavy videos, or generally are more suited to exploring on a larger PC screen. Best of all, Read it Later syncs between all devices, so whether an article is shared on your PC, tablet or mobile, it will be available to be “read later”.

In the words of the developer:

One reading list, everywhere you are.

Used by over 3.5 million people worldwide.

Read It Later lets you save any web page or video on your phone, tablet, or browser to view later - even offline - in an easy-to-read interface. It automatically syncs your queue across all your devices (Android, iPhone/iPad, Firefox, Chrome) making sure your content is always ready to view on the go, in the air, and at your leisure.

New York Times, Business Week, and TechCrunch call it the "DVR for the web."


Save full articles and videos for viewing later. Downloads the complete web page for magazine-like offline reading (video viewing online only).

The unique Article View captures article text, images, captions and videos in a uniform, easy-to-read format no matter where the article is from. You can adjust the text size, font, alignment and darkness for night-time reading.

View and add articles or videos to your queue on any computer or mobile device. Save in any Android app with a share menu. Save directly from your computer with our browser extensions and bookmarklets found here:

You can search, sort, and even tag the items in your list. All of your read articles are archived so you can quickly dig up anything you read in the past. It remembers your scroll position so you can start reading exactly where you left off.

You’ll get some additional features like viewing your entire queue (no limits), easily search, sort, tag and archive content in queue, scroll with the volume rocker and a one touch rotation lock.

Price: Free

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