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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…

Retirement Genie

Today's app of the day is Retirement Genie.



It is inevitable that for everyone lucky enough to have a job, retirement is something important to plan for. With the life expectancy of most people increasing, having enough money and assets to survive through retirement has never been more important. It is not simply enough to pack up your desk and expect everything to be OK - instead careful planning is required, and professional help is often needed!

To get the ball rolling, a great new app has made its way to the Google Play app store - Retirement Genie. Upon starting the app, users are greeted with a simple calculation tool where a person's planned retirement age, pension amount and expenses can be inserted. From there, all that needs to occur is the 'calculate' button being pressed, and the Retirement Genie will let you know whether your savings will be enough to live on throughout what are meant to be the best years of your life.

It's quick, easy and best of all free. It is not going to be enough to plan every aspect of retirement, but it will show users whether they are on track and allow users to determine whether it is necessary to start putting away more saving, or whether to seek some further professional advice. Check it out today, and start planning for tomorrow!


 


In the words of the developer:

Many questions about Retirement planning?
How long will my Pension Last?
Should I reduce my Pension withdrawals? Should I increase them?
How much will I need in my Pension? Will I have enough the way I am going?
How do Investment Return and different Risk Profiles impact my Pension?
Aussie FREE RetirementGenie: Pension Simulator (calculator) can help you!
- It’s FREE!
- EASY TO USE! - Spinners for a few variables and then 3 “AUTOMATIC – SOLVER” buttons – that’s all!
- EASY TO UNDERSTAND! – uses Graphs to show what is happening.
- FAST! – get quick results using the AUTOMATIC SOLVERS.
- MADE BY A FINANCIAL PLANNER! - 100% developed and coded by a real-life “Financial Planner” with a Masters Degree in Financial Planning!
- EDUCATIONAL! - Learn about Pension Risk Profiles while using – simple Spinner changes Return and it tells you what investments (asset classes not specific) make up that profile then find out how they affect Pension longevity with different withdrawal rates….in seconds.
- FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY! - …..um…err….maybe not actually…
SOLVERS:
- (1) Pension BALANCE SOLVER – will aid in calculating what BALANCE is needed to last given the other variables you have chosen.
- (2) Pension RETURN/RISK PROFILE SOLVER – will help calculate the RETURN needed to last given the other variables you have chosen.
- (3) Pension EXPENSES SOLVER – will help calculate how much can be WITHDRAWN given the other variables you have chosen.
Other
- Discounts automatically for inflation – converts all values back to current values from future values.
- If this is popular and well received enough will upgrade this app to include other features (this App is only one part of a larger application I made in Visual Basic).

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