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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…

Zite

Today's app of the day is Zite.

I seem to have a strange obsession to downloading and trying the best RSS reader for android. I currently seem to rotate through using Google Reader, Feedly, Pulse, Taptu, Google Currents and recently Flud. Although Feedly seems to be my most constant source for reading, it now has some stiff competition in the form of Zite.

Allegedly, Zite has been popular in iOS circles for a number of years now, but has only recently made the transition to Android. I am glad it has, because Zite is a great app. After a simple log in process that gives you the option to sync Google Reader and Twitter Accounts, users can then select "categories" to display in their personal magazine.

Once categories have been selected, it is a matter of swiping left and right to change categories, and up and down to browse through the content in a category (the individual articles). One of the things that impressed me most about Zite was the simplicity of the interface and the speed in which stories were loaded. It also did a great job of loading the full text from web-sites, removing the need to load up actual pages to read full articles.

In the short time I have had Zite installed it has impressed me more than many other RSS readers out their, and could give Feedly a run for its money as the most used app on  my phone. Give it a try - I doubt you will regret it!



In the words of the publisher:

Zite Personalized Magazine
Zite is a free personalized magazine for your phone that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you'll love.
NOTE: this app is optimized for phone form-factors, not tablets.
"If you'd like a smarter way to handle information overload, Zite can do the dirty work." —Wall Street Journal
Highlights:
· Zite personalizes your content automatically and gets better the more you use it.
· Gaming and tech? Motorcycles, cats, or vegetarianism? Create your magazine your way with thousands of sections and a smart auto-suggest tool.
· Interact with the articles you read on Zite by thumbing them up or down and watch your magazine get more and more personalized.
· Get a head start on finding amazing content tailored just for you by automatically syncing Zite with your Twitter and Google Reader accounts.
· Experience a magazine like no other – Zite will change the way you discover and enjoy content on your phone
Price: Free

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