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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…

Want to sync like a boss?

I download a lot of things from the net for transfer to my phone. Whether it be movies, music, comics, ebooks, audio books  TV shows, pictures, APK files and magazines - I download them all for us on my phone and tablet. In the past this was always a tiresome process, involving downloading the files, then plugging the phone into the computer, copying the files over, then storing them somewhere locally on the computer. I personally found this entire process really tiresome, so set out to automate and solve the process. 

Of course there are plenty of cloud storage solutions, but I wanted a solution that would allow me to sync full folders between my PC and phone - not just in the cloud but in actual files downloaded (if that makes sense). Thanks to the freedoms of Android - my solution is below. 

Step One: 
Install Google Drive on my PC. It isn't necessary for this to be Google Drive - other cloud storage apps such as Box, Skydrive and Dropbox also work. Set up the cloud storage application on your computer as a drive. Use this folder as the storage location for all your files. I made a whole lot of sub folders in the drive, such as 'music', 'apks', 'comics' and 'books'. 

Step Two: On your android device install the same cloud storage app utilised in Step One. This isn't 100% necessary, but it is always worth having these apps installed. 

Step Three On your android device install Foldersync. One installed click on the 'Accounts' setting, and add the cloud storage app from Step One and Two. From there, click on 'Folder pairs' and then the + button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Setting it up from here is relatively straightforward. The 'Remote Folder' should be a specific folder from the cloud storage app. The 'Local Folder' can be the location on your device where you want the files downloaded. The 'Sync Type' can be of your choosing, and from there the remaining settings can be configured as you desire. 

Step Four Once saved, it is them simply a matter of downloading files on your computer. Once downloaded there is no need to plug your device into your computer. You can simply transfer the files into your cloud storage drive and you're done - wake up the next morning and the files will be both on your PC and your android device! '

And that's it. It may seem like a strange system to set up, but for anyone who downloads and transfers lots of files, it will save a lot of messing about with cables, SD cards or other tiresome ways of transferring files. The best thing with this solution compared to general cloud storage is that the files are downloaded fully on your device. You can access them offline and there is no need to download them in advance, which can be slow and expensive when you are not on wifi!

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