Task Manager

How to use Task Manager to optimize your Windows 10 experience

Join us for a look at how you can use Task Manager to optimize your Windows 10 experience!

Goals, a Windows Phone app to help sort it all out

Goals is a Windows Phone app designed to help you keep track of your goals and the steps needed to accomplish them. Be it a long term goal such as losing weight or the shorter term goals such as planning a vacation.

Goals is laid out in a very clean, straight forward fashion. You just tap the "+" button at the bottom of the main screen to create a goal and then add steps to that goal. As you complete the steps, the goal listing will become shaded to show your progress.

Windows Phone App Review: Zero

Zero is a task manager of sorts for your Windows Phone that, in many ways, marches to a different drummer. It might be more appropriate to call Zero a gesture based  "To Do" list manager than a task manager though. 

There's really not too much to Zero but there is a learning curve unlike any other Windows Phone app that you may run across. Zero relies on screen gestures for navigation and while the gestures aren't difficult, if you forget to swipe right when you swipe left you could have problems.

Once you get the hang of Zero, it's a really nice Windows Phone app that helps you tackle your To-do lists.

Zero brings Metro minimalist tasks to Windows Phone [Video]

We're just going to come out and say it: Zero, the new to-do list app from tomzorz labs, borrows heavily in inspiration from an iPhone app called Clear (see the iMore review). What makes that funny is Clear is understood as borrowing heavily from Microsoft's Metro UI design language meaning we're finally coming full circle with Clear Zero coming back to Windows Phone.

The to-do list/task manager app is very minimalist in design with zero chrome, ahem. It is primarily gesture based forgoing the traditional bottom-bar method found in most Windows Phone apps--in that sense, it actually deviates against Metro UI but only because it's going more minimalist instead of less. Gestures are simple and universal: up/down to create, left to delete, right to check off, pinch in to go back, pinch out to re-order lists. Because of the gestures, you'll need to tap through a brief (but well done) tutorial at first but you'll lean the system quick enough.

The app itself is clean, fast and to the point and because of that we like it a lot. The Live Tile adds a nice counter though it could perhaps be augmented with a rear tile for more info (space permitting though). Likewise, tying into the Toast notification system could be a good idea in the future to make this a true "reminder" app. We are looking forward though to the back-up feature which we presume will be based on SkyDrive.

You can pick up Zero with a free trial here in the Marketplace for $0.99.

Content Shield - Mango App Spotlight

We shared a preview of the Windows Phone Mango app Content Shield the earlier this month and now the utility app is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Content Shield is a multi-purpose utility for your Windows Phone that covers four areas.  Each of which can be password protected within the Settings Menu.

Passwords: Here you can store all your passwords and generate new ones. Live tile support will show the last time your passwords were accessed.

Task manager: Content Shield has a task manager/to-do list generator. Live tile support will show the number of incomplete tasks.

Jokes: What's a utility without a sense of humor? Here you can store your own jokes or download them from a Twitter feed. The feed is updated daily and if you're feeling giddy, you can submit your joke to be included in the feed. There is no live tile support for the Jokes section.

My Shopping: Last but not least you have a shopping list generator and storage area. The shopping lists range from grocery lists, wish lists, and gifts for friends/family events (Christmas, birthday, anniversary, etc.). You can also the ability to compare prices on items from your lists via Ciao from Bing. Live tile support will display the number of items currently in your shopping basket.

Content Shield is an interesting utility app for your Windows Phone with a little bit of something for everyone. There are a few quirks but not enough to detract from a nice Windows Phone app. For example, in comparing prices of apples you get price comparisons for Apple iPhones. Not sure if this is a case where the search criteria doesn't specify that your looking for fruit or Ciao not picking up the differences.

It is a free, ad-supported application and you can download Content Shield version 1.0 here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Tasks app by Telerik gets Mango update

We've previously covered Telerik's Tasks app that shines as a perfect example of Metro UI implementation and of their RadControl software for Windows Phone 7 (and now Mango too). It's a free app available to download from the Marketplace and serves as an in-depth checklist of things the user should accomplish throughout daily usage. Tasks has recently been updated to receive Mango goodies.

What makes the app stand out is the colour usage and how fluent the design is, not to mention functionality. There is room for improvement however, users have requested synchronisation with Outlook and GMail which is said to be coming soon. For now, we have the following changes in the Mango update:

  • Live Tile support with number of incomplete tasks.
  • Ability to deep-link pin an individual task category to the home screen.
  • Orientation lock implemented.
  • Minor bug fixes.

Not at all bad, right? You can download Tasks (Zune link) from the Marketplace for free.


Marketplace Spotlight: PTasks