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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…


Today's app of the day is Newsr.

The market for quality RSS readers for Android devices is fast becoming a crowded one, with great apps such as Flickr, Pulse, Taptu, Zite and Google Currents filling what was one an empty void. For tablets though, the options are not as vast, with many apps still only featuring optimisation for phones.

In contrast to this trend, Newsr has been developed from the ground up, with a focus on producing a great RSS experience for tablets. Designed for the Motorola Xoom, Newsr is great on Honeycomnb tablets, but works equally as well on ICS tablets (I can vouch for this from my Transformer Prime).

As can be seen from the below screenshots, Newsr feature three columns, comprising of (a) feeds, (b) articles in a feed, and (c) the articles themselves. This is great for quickly seeing at a glance the latest news from all your favourite sources. Newsr also feature Google Reader intergration which is a must for RSS news readers in my world.

All in all, Newsr is a clean, fast and feature packed RSS reader, which is well worth a try for anyone with an Android tablet.

In the words of the developer:

Newsr gives you a tablet-centric way to casually read your Google Reader RSS feeds. Newsr is optimized for the Honeycomb experience on Xoom and is only available on Android tablets running Honeycomb. Newsr stays in sync with your Google Reader account so you'll never read the same news twice!
Features of Newsr:
-- Enjoy unique user experience that was designed to take advantage of the tablet.
-- Stay in sync with Google Reader, so you'll never read the same article twice.
-- Organize your articles by feed or label, and set a default for future use.
-- A live view of unread articles by feed or label, each view sorted alphabetically.
-- Two-touch sharing of articles via Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more.
-- Newsr marks articles as read with Google's server as you read them in the app, seamlessly.
-- A simple and visual way to star/unstar and mark as read or unread an article.
-- Swipe on the article detail fragment to flip between articles.
-- A portrait view for an article. While viewing an article, turn your device to portrait to get a book-like experience for reading an article.
-- Take full advantage of your feeds by viewing Flash video content directly in Newsr.
-- A thoughtful way of navigating your articles, often without moving your hands.

Price: Free

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