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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…

Dice with Buddies

Today's app of the day is Dice with Buddies.

Dice with Buddies is a game heavily based on the success of Zyngas creations (and acquisitions) such as Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends, Hanging with Friends and Draw Something. In fact, the layout, look and feel of this game is so similar that you could easily be mistaken for thinking this was a Zynga game. If it takes off, I do not think it will be long before Zynga will come knocking with their acquisition account open.

In either case, the app is based on the classic dice game of Yahtzee. For anyone who hasn't played Yahtzee before, it essentially involves rolling a set of 5 dice three times, holding back dice each role in an attempt to get a variety of "poker like" hands, such as straights, "of a kinds", full houses, etc. This version of the game is turn based (as is the actual real game), meaning that after each set of three rolls it is time to close the app and wait for your opponent to finish.

The implementation of this is excellent. I have experienced no bugs, the interface is quick (I’d say better than most of Zyngas offerings), and the game play is surprisingly enjoyable, considering the biggest thrill it replicates is the role of a dice. Once more people get on board, I can see this being a constant addition to the suite of multiplayer competitive games on my device!

Well worth the download (it is free after all), so check it out!



 

In the words of the developer:


The #1 mobile dice game is now available on Android! Let's Roll! Find out for yourself why everyone's getting hooked on this addictive dice game I built. Similar to Hasbro, Inc.’s YAHTZEE® dice game, you can play with friends, family, or random opponents--whether they're sitting next to you or thousands of miles away!
===User Reviews===
"Best yatzy game out of all the apps in the market." - Judy
"The best part is that this is the first mobile game I can play with my whole family!" - Josh
"As sad as it sounds, my schedule revolves around this game. I love it. " - Desiree
"I think this game is literally flawless." - Mark

===Key Highlights===
• An exhilarating multiplayer dice game
• Turn-based play so you can keep multiple games going at the same time
• Challenge friends and family through SMS or Facebook, or find a random opponent
• Use in-game chat to chat with and heckle your opponents
• "Push" notifications so you know when it's your turn
• Earn or buy "bonus rolls" for a 4th chance at the roll you need!
• Play from the same account on any compatible device

Please e-mail me at apps-android@withbuddies.com with any feedback, questions, or concerns!

Price: Free

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