Have you used some of Microsoft's apps for Android?

Have you used some of Microsoft's apps for Android?
Guess who is a busy bee churning out Android apps as if there is no tomorrow? We'll save you the suspense - Microsoft, of all things. From a lock screen or time-lapse photography, through full-blown Office apps and, now, a launcher, Microsoft is making strides in the Android world, and we have to say the results are pretty good so far.

The so-called Next Lock Screen app provides interactive visibility for the most used actions with your phone - you can dial back with a simple swipe, scroll quickly through your calendar appointments, or simply launch a preset app, all from as early as your lock screen. That functionality is not all, though, as the lock screen replacement is very well made in terms of graphical design, too. You can also customize the lock screen background to your own liking. 

The Arrow Launcher is still in beta, but it already offers the same polished graphics experience, with apps displayed on the dock decided by the user. A swipe to the right takes you to the Notes & Reminders page where you can type in a list of things to do and check a box once the task is completed. A swipe in the other direction brings you to a list of people from your contacts list that you recently got in touch with via phone, email or text. There is also the Hyperlapse app, which helps you create smooth and stabilized time lapses from the videos you shot with your Android device.

In any case, we were curious if you have tried any of them, and which ones. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us if you liked them in the comments section afterwards.

Have you used some of Microsoft's apps for Android?

No
33.18%
Yes, the Next Lock Screen
5.81%
Yes, the official Microsoft Office apps
21.24%
Yes, Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile
2.87%
Yes, the Arrow Launcher beta
2.87%
Yes, the Remote Desktop app
1.4%
Yes, I've used more than one Microsoft app on my Android device
32.64%

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48 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Somehow several third-party email apps manage Exchange accounts very well compared to the OFFICIAL app

5. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

OneDrive (great with Windows 10 PC sync), Skype (duh), Outlook. No need for other apps , either google or samsung have better alternatives.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I prefer the official MS Office apps to the alternatives Hyperlapse is also great, but Hyperlapse Pro (PC version) is much better

2. Motosurf

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

OneDrive and skype

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

OneDrive

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've heard of everything listed but use none of them. This is not an option so I choose not to participate.

7. Eslyabram

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

MS will eventually release an Android phone, just like Blackberry is contemplating?

25. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Doubtful, Microsoft has committed to Windows 10 mobile. But anything is possible.

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah Apple will eventually release it's platforms on other phones keep dreaming. But I'm just saying that they already did"Nokia X"series just don't tell anyone.

37. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Microsoft did not make the "Nokia X", Nokia did.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bull, Microsoft was completely on board with the Nokia X. They wanted to see how well it would or would not take off. Listen any smart phone released with Microsoft's apps an services installed. Do honestly believe Microsoft was not on board with Nokia X. Only a complete idiot would say that Microsoft had nothing to do with those devices.

46. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

If Microsoft has anything to do with it, it would have Microsoft branding. Nokia does not currently have the right to brand any phones with "Nokia" but they will in 2016, however they did not give up the right to produce tablets with "Nokia" branding. Microsoft and Nokia are separate companies, only a complete idiot would say otherwise. Microsoft bought Nokia's cellphone division and related technologies, not the entire company.

42. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Dude Nokia is only a brand it's only a name If you open the last Nokia phones like 730/830 it's written Microsoft cooperation in it.

47. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

If you look at the most recent phones made with the remnants of the Nokia cellphone division, they all have Microsoft branding, not Nokia.

9. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

OneDrive, Outlook, Office apps, Skype, Xbox 360 SmartGlass and MSN Money. (an ex-WP user here)

14. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

As all iOS, WP and Android user here, I really found Android and iOS apps to be far superior than WP ones! What about you?

24. gaming64 unregistered

It's Google, not Android. And I hate to break it but Apple's Pages makes me barf. Love Microsoft Word.

26. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It depends on the app in question, many Windows Phone apps crash less frequently on Windows Phone(especially if they are games) than iOS or Android, in my experience anyways. I cannot use Android or iOS as my daily driver, neither as are smooth and clean looking as Windows Phone. And Android always lags over time, so it doesn't matter what launcher you use.

33. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Many official apps are better on Android, but third party apps like 6tag, MetroTube, Fantasia Painter are awesome. What I dislike about WP are the devices. Lumia 930 is as powerful as my LG G2 (which is almost two years old) . :( That's the reason why I bought the G2. None of the WPs were noticeably better than my old Samsung ATIV S.

38. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 1020's camera is still not surpassed by any other device(except night shots from the LG G4). The Lumia 1520 has pretty decent specs as well. There are new flagships coming soon. The 950 and 950xl(if microsoft decides to go with this naming scheme).

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The Outlook app is horrendous, I can't go past the login/permission screen. You'd think with such a recognizable brand and service they'd at least test them more thoroughly.

34. Shocky unregistered

I couldn't setup my email, I tried but couldn't get it to work so it was removed fairly quickly.

39. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You do realize that experience varies from devices to device on Android and it may work on certain versions of Android better than others, right?

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Why Google won't open their mind and share their apps and services to WP?

13. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Because that's just 3%! Windows 10 universal may change the scenario but it's not certain!

15. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Because they don't want to, and to keep it at 3%. They didn't even make apps for windows 8. Windows 8!

17. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

On the other side, they make apps for their biggest competitor, Apple. What an irony.

22. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That's because apple fans will buy iphones/ipads etc etc even if google doesn't make apps for them...google doesn't make much from android, they rely on services for money. Google earns more from ios than android. They don't make apps for windows phone because they don't want it to grow and compete with android....if wp manages to become more popular without google, then they will make apps for it.

29. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well there's voting to offer really why even use the YouTube official app when there's better alternatives why using Gmail when there's outlook Windows don't need any of Google services that i can think of.

12. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I use Outlook, Onedrive, Office 365, OneNote and Cortana too! From google, I only use Youtube!

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