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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…

Pushover

Today's app of the day is Pushover

Pushover is a simple application that allows you to receive Push notifications for a variety of services. Thew app of its own can not really do anything, but when coupled with other online services it can become a really powerful tool.

Too get started, you need to install Pushover. Following that, your first stop should be "If this, then that" (IFTTT). IFTTT allows users to create 'recipies' to help automate their online life - particularly their interactions with social networks. For example, if you create a new blog post, you can automate your services to automatically it posted to Facebook, a Facebook Page, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and then have the entire post backed up on Evernote. this is all possible with a few simple clicks!

Where Pushover comes in handy is for receiving push notifications. You can set it up to notify you of almost anything you want - the days weather, when it is going to rain, when you get a DM or @Mention on Twitter, of your Google calendar events, etc.

You can create your own 'recipies' to utilise Pushover, or browse a large database of user-generated ones.

 

To give you a better idea of what Pushover is capable of, here are some some screenshots from IFTTT, showing a number of user created 'recipes':
 
 
In the words of the developer:

Pushover - Instant Push Notifications
Pushover is a simple push notification service that integrates easily into web apps like IFTTT, network monitoring systems, shell scripts, and anything else that needs to send alerts to your mobile devices.
Visit https://pushover.net/ to find apps, plugins, and services that support Pushover, or get an API key and create your own app.

$3.65

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