Windows 8.1 reminders are intrusive, garish, and hard to miss – and that’s what makes them great. They prompt action; their default ping is just shrill enough to alert and awaken those dozing over the QWERTY.
That’s why RemindMe is one of the best Widows 8 apps. It creates alerts and reminders, and that’s about it. It’s a simple app that’s easy to use, but still helpful and effective.
RemindMe allows users to set 160-character alerts either in a relative time (say, 10 minutes from now), or on a specific time (say, August 23, 2015, at 10:01AM). Alert times are capped at 100 years into the future, and can be set to reoccur every few minutes, hours, days, and weeks.
The reminders are dynamic, with customizable text, colors, and sounds. Reminders also stick around until the user manually deletes them and can be reactivated if necessary. A helpful countdown clock reveals when a reminder expired, or when it’s set to fire off next.
It’s all very touch-friendly, with large number buttons and shortcuts to quickly add a day, week, or hour to any given alert. A preview function also proves useful, especially in testing out different pings and alarms.
RemindMe runs in the background on Windows 8.1, so users can set it and forget it. It also has Live Tile support for expired or upcoming reminders. The app syncs between Windows 8.1 devices – though with some limitations. For example, it’s limited to less than 25 reminders due to Windows file-size-syncing constraints, and it takes 20 minutes or so for new reminders to sync, which can mess with relative time settings.
Despite its strengths, there’s still room for improvement. There’s no option to set monthly or yearly reminders, and the app maker warns, “Relative time scales less than 30 days are exact. Anything greater than 30 days is subject to error.”
That makes RemindMe ill-suited for birthdays and anniversaries. A snooze option would also be nice as the app has potential as a decent alarm clock.
Still, it’s hard to ignore RemindMe’s utility. It only take a few minutes to learn and mere seconds to set up, and it takes full advantage of an existing Windows 8.1 feature.