Each week, we bring you a new app recommendation from our colleagues. This week’s Staff App Pick comes from Sanjay Jain, cloud and mobile evangelist in Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft.
The YumvY apps for Windows and Windows Phone help you cook with confidence and will change the way you cook at home. It uses a real-time recipe navigator that makes it easy to explore and cook complex meals from start to finish. The free app offers a number of world-class features that I find truly compelling.
The app has an easy interface. Just create your menu from hundreds of specially curated recipes, select the number of people who are cooking with you, and decide how many people you are going to serve. From there, YumvY organizes the preparation instructions for the entire meal and gives you easy, step-by-step guidance, while you are cooking.
YumvY is a complete solution for cooking at home. Starting with recipe ideas, the app has a broad library of specially curated recipes, each using the SmartRecipe™ format that enables them to be used in YumvY’s cooking engine. It combines an unlimited number of recipes into a meal and then reorganizes the instructions from each recipe into a single, step-by-step process that will save you time and energy.
YumvY also has a special tool that aggregates the ingredients from all of the recipes on your menu and organizes them into a neat interactive shopping list, making it easy to gather everything you’ll need at the store.
This unique feature allows you to share the task of cooking a meal with friends and family without having to figure out who needs to do what and when. YumvY takes all of the steps for the meal and smartly allocates them across the folks who are helping you cook. You can choose up to three other people to assist in the meal and each of you will have a dedicated screen to follow during the process. No more guessing who needs to do what and when.
YumvY recently released version 1.9, which offers some nice upgrades to the free app for Windows 8.1. The shopping list received a makeover, making it well organized and interactive. The search features have been improved to make it easier to find recipe ideas for your menu, and a new large live tile format is available for your home screen. The Windows Phone 8 app also received the upgrade to the new shopping list functionality.
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