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Microsoft Garage releases Parchi, a simple and light notes app that uses hashtags

Microsoft Garage has just released 'Parchi - Quick notes & lists'. It is clean and super simple, as well as quick and light-weight, but you probably cant download it.

Published onOctober 22, 2015


Unlike Apple, Microsoft has put enough effort and time into making Android apps that are actually helpful. Their expansion into Android has proven to be quite affluent. They have released very interesting apps in the Google Play Store, including the Microsoft Dialer, Send and Arrow Launcher. Now it’s time to take note of their newest endeavor!

Microsoft Garage has just released ‘Parchi – Quick notes & lists’. Let’s just call it Parchi, shall we? In fact, that very name is a big representation of what the application is about. The Garage team mentions Parchi is a Hindi word that refers to small pieces of paper used for taking notes (so pretty much like Post-Its).

And the app does resemble that kind of style. It is clean and super simple, as well as quick and light-weight. Notes are nice and short, but that doesn’t mean they are as disorganized as those Post-It notes you have all over the wall. Microsoft has come up with a very unique way to keep things organized.


Of course, you can add reminders, change colors and favorite important notes, but what really has me wanting to use this app is the ability to use hashtags to more easily find your notes. Some possible hashtags could be #work, #groceries, #parties, #ideas and an infinite list that you can come up with.

What also makes this application very unique is that it allows for taking notes straight from the lock screen; there’s not even a need to jump into the app! It also does the usual stuff you can expect from a note app, though. You can use text, lists and pictures. It’s super easy to share and back up notes, as well.

The sad news? It seems the app is not yet available in many markets. The Google Play Store states the app is incompatible with all my devices… and boy do I have a lot of devices. This means it must be a regional limitation. We also don’t know which markets have it available. Maybe India, since Parchi is a Hindi word? We are not sure, but hit the comments and let us know if you have any success downloading the app!

The guys at Android Police came across the APK file, which you can also download and try to install.

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