Though Christmas is just around the corner, and major news slowing down, there’s still a few noteworthy updates worth reporting on. Late this afternoon, two of our favorite apps received some significant new features that may bring a smile to your face: Simple Calendar and Today’s Word.
Let’s take a look.
Simple Calendar 3.0.1
Last updated in October, the developer of Simple Calendar has been working behind the scenes on a few new improvements.
- Week View
- Bug fixes
Bug fixes are one thing but that Week View is pretty sweet. As you can see from the above image, the new layout is for gives you a nice timeline of your week with various appointments. Tapping them reveals info in the top window.
Wes, the mind behind Simple Calendar, tells us he has “many more planned features” for the popular minimalist app, but he wanted to get this one out instead of doing one-big update. Going forward, he’ll focus on smaller, incremental updates. We’ll of course keep you posted on when those happen.
For now, you can pick up Simple Calendar 3.0.1 here in the Store. Windows Phone 8 only. Free with optional IAP.
Today’s Word 1.2
Bevue, pishogue, cachinnate, cete…sound familiar? If not, then you need Today’s Word. Bringing you a daily word of the day, the app is great for supplementing your vocabulary, especially with some of these obscure lexical choices. Even better is that the app looks great and it’s free. With over 500 reviews at 4.5 stars (out of 5), people sure do like it. We like it too, which is why we keep bringing you news on it.
Version 1.2 is now live in the Store and it keeps making things better. The last update, from just five days ago, brought Toast notifications but they were preset at 8 AM. Things are much better in version 1.2, though:
- Fix app crashes preventing to enter the app.
- Fix Toast Notifications bug
- Add time to set the toast notification (It can't be exactly on time, see why in the setting page)
- Add History of previous 30 words.
- Add Favourite
- Add Pin Word to start
- Change Live Tile layout (Not flipping). Only showing word in wide tiles, and...
- Can pin old style live tiles (Medium & Wide showing word, but Flipping).
That’s a boat load of new features, including that custom time for the Toast notification. Being able to go back in time and look up previous words will kill some boredom, especially if we missed last week’s head scratcher. The new Live Tile (no flipping), is much easier to utilize and having a favorites collection is a great way to remember such uncommon verbiage.
As we said, Today’s Word is free, looks great and it may give you something interesting to talk about. Plus, the developer is just nailing it with these bounteous and prolific updates. See, our vocabulary is getting better already!
Pick up Today’s Word 1.2 here in the Store.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Thanks for the article Daniel! I will keep pushing out updates for the week view... I already am working on the next update with performance improvements and some design tweaks. I really just wanted to get this initial update out so I could get feedback from you all. So please use the contact link in the app to let me know what you think. Thanks for all the feedback and support of the app so far! -Wes
I really enjoying the Calender app. Thank you Wes for your hard work. You will always have my support.
Please include the update event if possible.
Live tile looks clumsy and occupied. Please fix it!
Yes new live tile for Todays Word is what I wanted, I am using it again now. Thanks
If Simple Calendar can work out a way to hide calendars within an account (I don't want the birthday calendar in my Outlook account to show), it would be near perfect for me. Cal one-ups it in that regard, but I prefer the look of Simple Calendar.
So happy the Today's Word live tile was changed, it's exactly what I want now. :)
Thanks again for the article. As always, you can email us at the about page to request a feature. Happy holiday!
Love that simple calendar. Gladly paid for an extra theme.
I love Simple Calendar! Works flawlessly.
When might the integration with Microsoft account and the edit inside simple calendar like the Cal app be coming Wes?
What are all these "private appointments" i have, instead of my calendar schedules? How do i chose which calendar from google? I have many. Is it possible?
My calendar of choice
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