Earlier this week we saw the release of our new favorite calendar app, Simple Calendar by developer Wes Peter.
The app, which features in our opinion one of the nicest Live Tiles for appointments, has just received a 2.1 update today, which should improve quite a few things for users.
Version 2.1 changes
- Month view performance improvements
- Option to hide private appointments can be different between app and live tiles/lock screen
- Option to fade out past appointments in month view
- Option to show week numbers in month view
We can also say that a version 2.2 is right around the corner, with that update bringing a refined and more clear “Buy features” section to make it easier for people to understand the in-app purchasing model plus other bug fixes and improvements.
The great IAP debate
Speaking of, some people have complained about the free app’s IAP system, where you are charged to unlock certain features, like removing ads or two of the more design-fancy Live Tiles (‘Frodo’ and ‘Gob’).
In-app purchases (IAP) are always controversial but we personally support it—nay, endorse it (see my Talk Mobile 2013 piece for more). For one, it actually reduces cost for apps (not necessarily games) as users only pay for what they want to use. Number two, options are good and this allows developers another method to offer deals, more ways to offer features and build up the app with our asking you to re-buy the software in its entirety. Number three, while some of you complain, the fact is IAP works and it’s very successful—so you might as well get used to it, to be blunt.
We can haggle about the right price e.g. $1.29 versus $0.99 for a Tile, but in the end, you’re getting a free calendar app with some paid-bonus features. It’s up to you though if you think the value is there—we certainly do, which is why we’re happy to see this app on our platform.
Have you been using Simple Calendar? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in comments!
If you already have Simple Calendar or you want to grab it to try, pick it up here in the Store. Windows Phone 8 only. Thanks, doubleodon, for the heads up!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.