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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…

Free Translate

Today's app of the day is Free Translate.

It is an old saying that the world is becoming smaller, and although this is not true in a physical sense, technology has made even the most far reaches of the globe more accessible than ever before. With it now possible to fly through cities from the comfort of your chair using Google Earth, the places you have always wanted to go for holiday, never feel far away. Interestingly, this hasn't lead to a generation of arm chair vacationers, but instead has sparked the curiosity in the world, with international travel and holidays never being as affordable, or as common a part of life. Additionally, technology has meant that business and friendships are not restrained by geography or language. Instead friendships and business relationships cross international borders and vast oceans without hesitation, forming stronger bonds than has ever existed in the past....

I know the above all sounds slightly romantic, but I could not think of a more apt introduction to a great new Android app, being Free Translator. With travel, business and friendships no longer being a domestic affair, being able to communicate with ease to people across the globe is ever more important. Apps such as Free Translate are designed to ensure that this task is as simple and intuitive as possible.

With Free Translate, with a few simple touches you can quickly translate input text to and from 40 different languages, including Spanish, English, German, Chinese, and practically every other language you could need (see a full list in the below description). The app works simply and efficiently, allowing you to type in text (or copy and paste text in from other applications), pick languages and then press translate - it could not be easier.

Once the text has been translated, the app can then speak the new words out loud. I can really see this being a useful function, particularly if you are the type of person that has trouble with foreign pronunciation. With the ability to work on phones and tablets, you could not ask for a better travel companion for dealing with foreign languages both at home and abroad.

With future versions promising new advanced features, such as the ability to input text verbally, or capture text using your devices camera, Free Translate is a great new Android app, well worth the install!

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Free Translate - screenshot

In the words of the developer:

This is an easy and quick free text translator. Suitable for mobiles and tablets.
It translates from and to 40 different languages and more, speaking the written words to get the right understanding.
If usually is used to translate from Spanish to English and vice versa, it can be used for a lot of different languages too.
This app is totally free, but you need an internet connection to receive the information from the translation server.

Now the supported languages are:
This is the first version of this free translate app, therefore it can have some errors, we are grate full if you help us to find them and we try to make it better as soon as possible.
In the future translator versions we will add of can read text from the webcam, listen it trough the microphone and others features.

This is the first version of this free translate app, therefore it can have some errors, we are grate full if you help us to find them and we try to make it better as soon as possible.
In the future translator versions we will add of can read text from the webcam, listen it trough the microphone and others features.
(en) English, (es) Spanish, (pt) Portuguese, (de) German, (hu) Hungarian, (ar) Arabic, (id) Indonesian, (bg) Bulgarian, (ca) Catalan, (it) Italian, (cs) Czech, (ja) Japanese, (zh-CHS) Chinese (simp), (lv) Latvian, (zh-CHT) Chinese (trad), (lt) Lithuanian, (ko) Korean, (ms) Malay, (ht) Haitian, (no) Norwegian, (da) Danish, (fa) Persian, (sk) Slovak, (pl) Polish, (sl) Slovenian, (ro) Romanian, (et) Estonian, (ru) Russian, (fi) Finnish, (sv) Swedish, (fr) French, (th) Thai, (el) Greek, (tr) Turkish, (he) Hebrew, (uk) Ukrainian, (hi) Hindi, (ur) Urdu, (mww) Hmong Daw, (vi) Vietnamese, (nl) Dutch.
We have added an icon with a shortcut to a useful internet explorer browser to bring you a better online experience.
If the translator like you, we thank if you can give us a good rating to get better.
Thank you very much for using our translator!

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