One of the most frequently updated apps from Microsoft is their Android launcher, Microsoft Launcher. A new build, version 4.10 for those keeping score at home, has been released to the Play Store today and it brings some new features and fixes.
The biggest news is the support of a new family safety feature that is part of the Family Account support. If you remember, last week Microsoft Edge, the Redmond company’s browser, gained support for Family Accounts as a way to regulate sites your children can or cannot visit. This addition to Launcher allows you to keep track of your child’s whereabouts and their app activities from the family card on the feed within the launcher.
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Microsoft has rolled out a new update to their Android launcher app, Microsoft Launcher. The new build, version 22.214.171.124615 for those keeping score at home, doesn’t bring a lot of orbit changing updates but rather focuses on creature comfort updates. In other words, small tweaks that makes the launcher a little bit easier to use.
In this update, Microsoft Launcher has improved Home screen import logic from another launcher to make it a little bit less clunky of a process. You can now also sort your apps alphabetically in folders on the Home screen so you don’t have to manually arrange them. Display names of apps or folders are now visible in your dock while you can get customizable gesture for pressing the Home button from the Home screen too. There is also a new gesture to quickly lock the layout of your Home screen.
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Over the course of the past couple of years it has been clear that Microsoft’s mobile strategy is developing apps for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. This isn’t a bad strategy overall and it is clear from presentations this week at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference, that they are continuing that strategy.
One of the more exciting announcements on the first day of the conference is Windows 10’s new Timeline feature making it to both Android and iOS. For Android users, access to Timeline will come via Microsoft Launcher while iOS users will have access to via Microsoft Edge.
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A new update to Microsoft Launcher is rolling out in the Google Play Store today, bringing several bug fixes and stability improvements to the app, as well as a few new features. The new build is version 4.7.5 for those keeping score at home and if you have the launcher installed, you should get the OTA update to this new build over the next few days.
Microsoft characterized this new build as a maintenance build and it pretty much is just that. There are several fixes included in this build including fixing top crashes and apps not responding errors in the launcher as well as fixing several badge count issues if you have that feature enabled in the launcher. You will also find a lot of tweaks under-the-hood that bring performance, memory and CPU utilization improvements to Microsoft Launcher.
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Microsoft is one of the most consistent at updating their apps for Android with the company’s launcher, Microsoft Launcher being no exception. The latest beta of the launcher is rolling out to testers and it shows that the Redmond company isn’t just updating their launcher, but listening to what users want in it.
The new beta build is version 4.7 for those keeping score and it brings an expansive change log with it. First, you can now get a new daily background on your phone. While you can do this today, it only can come from Bing daily wallpapers. Now, based on user requests, you can set up your own custom set of wallpapers to be rotated daily on your device. Oh, and those wallpapers can be set to be scroll-able.
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Microsoft Launcher, the popular launcher app for Android, has a new and big update rolling out. The new build is version 4.6 for those keeping score at home and it brings a full integration of Microsoft Cortana to the launcher.
Until now, Launcher and Cortana were two separate downloads and apps with basically no interaction between the two. Now with the integration done, the behavior of Cortana in Microsoft Launcher is similar to the standalone app. You can make calls, schedule meetings, change wallpaper and continue a browsing activity from your phone to your PC (assuming you are using Microsoft Edge in both places).
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If there is a flagship app from Microsoft on Android, outside of the Office 365 apps, it is Microsoft Launcher. The launcher has proven to be very successful for the Redmond company, especially for those who are tied closely to the Microsoft ecosystem of other apps. Now the company is rolling out an update to Launcher that brings more enterprise ties and other creature comforts to let you customize things more in it.
The update is version 4.5 for those keeping score at home and is rolling out now in the Google Play Store. From an enterprise perspective, if you work for a company that leverages Microsoft Intune for data protection policies, you can now configure Microsoft Launcher to view that corporate data. While you have always been able to add a corporate Office 365 account to the launcher, this new addition will give users with more strict data protection policies to leverage it on their phones.
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Just a month after hitting the 1 million download mark, Microsoft Launcher has now pushed passed 10 million downloads according to the Google Play Store. It is an incredible download increase rate and while downloads don’t necessarily reflect day-to-day users, clearly there are people downloading it to at the very least try it out.
2017 has been an incredible year for Microsoft Launcher. It was rebranded from Arrow Launcher in the summer and with that came a significant rebuild of the app that made it more customizable and user friendly. Those tweaks continue as earlier this month the update to version 4.3 brought more customizing that users can do.
I have contended for quite some time, including in my review, that this launcher is likely the best out there for readers who are entrenched in the Microsoft ecosystem.
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