Microsoft Launcher Update Brings More Customizations

Another new update is rolling out to Microsoft Launcher, bringing with it more customizations as well as full support for Android Oreo.  The update is version 4.12 for those keeping score at home and that version has been in beta for a few weeks now.  If you have been running that beta build, there isn’t anything new for you but if you are in the stable channel, there’s lots to talk about.

First, folders and app icon gestures are now a thing.  You can now setup folders on your Home screen or apps to open when you swipe them.  This is done by long pressing the folder or icon, tapping the edit icon (the pencil) and the enabling swipe.

Another improvement is in the expanded dock.  You can now select if you want apps, pinned contacts, folders, a search bar or widgets in the lower row of the dock.  Related, folders in the app drawer can now be sorted alphabetically

Microsoft Launcher for Android
Microsoft Launcher for Android

There are some general UI improvements in this update to Microsoft Launcher.  Some of the animations have been adjusted with blur effects as an option.  Also, app badges are now in the App Drawer.

Finally, this update brings full support to Android Oreo while it drops support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) and Android Jelly Bean (4.1).

If you are currently using Microsoft Launcher, the update should have already landed on your phone via an OTA update.  If you want to download it and give it a try, you can do that in the Google Play Store.

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