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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…

Remote Launcher

Today's app of the day is Remote Launcher.

If you have ever been out and about, and wished that you could launch an application whilst you were not at your PC, then Remote Launcher is for you. One of the best examples (for me personally) that I can think of is when you leave the house for the day, then realise you forgot to turn on  your torrent application before leaving.



If this sounds familiar, then you should definitely check out Remote Launcher. In short, after a painless initial set up (which involves installing a lightweight server on your PC), you are easily able to add applications to a "Launchers" list. If you have any trouble with these steps, don't worry - the developer has created some great guidance material on their website to help even the most computer illiterate person get things up and running!

Once you have your Launcher list established, it is then just a case of opening the Android application and selecting the program you want to start. Other great features include the ability to boot your computer remotely (using Wake on Lan), as well as a great widget to put certain applications on the tip of your fingers at all time.

The uses for Remote Launcher are only restricted by your creativity! By using Remote Launcher with other great Android apps such as Tasker or Llama, you will be able to have your computer resting all day (turned off) whilst you are away, but boot up as you walk in the front door!

All in all, Remote Launcher is an excellent app - worthy of your download!



In the words of the developer:

Start programs remotely on your computer with one click on your Android device
Remote Launcher is an easy to use tool that enables you to launch applications remotely on your PC via your Android device with a single click. It can also be used to start your PC up, even if it is turned off, with the built in support for Wake On Lan (WOL). It consists of an Android app and a small server program for your PC.
There is also support for Android shortcuts and widgets (size 1x1) available to start programs even quicker.
You can configure Remote Launcher to start any application on your PC, e.g. start your mediacenter (xbmc etc), shutdown/restart the computer or run a custom script.
To use Remote Launcher you need to install the Remote Launcher Server on your PC. Downloads, installation instructions, user guides and examples are available on the project wiki:
http://remotelauncher.owtroid.com
The Remote Launcher server is written in Java so it should work on any pc with the Java Runtime Enviromnment installed (version 1.6 or later), be it Linux, Windows or Mac OS. It has been tested on Ubuntu and Windows 7.
Remote Launcher is a nice alternative to more complex remote control solutions such as vnc or ssh when you just need to start specific programs.
It's also possible to automate Remote Launcher using Android intents or shortcuts. That makes it possible to use it together with tools such as Tasker or Llama to perform tasks at certain events, e.g. "shutdown computer when I leave home" or "send wake on lan packet to computer and start xbmc when I get back home". The imagination is the limit.
Remote Launcher works both with wifi and cellular connections. However, if you use cellular and the pc running Remote Launcher Server is behind a router, you will have to configure port forwarding on your router to forward the port 4444 to your pc. You will also need to configure the Remote Launcher app to use the IP address of the router instead of the pc in this case.
If you run into any issues, please contact the developer as it is not possible to answer to comments in the Market. You can also follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/owtroid
A free version is also available: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.owtroid.remotelauncherfree
The free version is currently limited to having just one single server configured.

Price: $1.99

There is also a lite version, available here

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